Utah Utes football: The life of a walk-on

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  • Go Utes Go Salt lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    Great article about a whole bunch of great student athletes! Braxton needs to freshen up on just how many "walk-ons" actually play and play a lot each season for the Utes. Case in point this year is the LB Fagergren....he played a ton this last year and is repping at 1 this year....still paying his way and loving the game. Not a lot of similaririties between beloved Rudy and #51 for the utes (except that they both know the game and love it!).....I'm with Dart Thrower...All praise Rudy...and thank goodness Walker, Wright, Sakoda, Martinez, Evans,etc...didn't all just sign up and play it safe with a lower division program......risk and guts..going for it.......it's what its all about!!!

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    April 13, 2012 2:52 p.m.

    All praise Rudy

  • Braxton ogden, ut
    April 13, 2012 9:36 a.m.


    I respect your comments but I do disagree with one statement, I really think they are doing it for their dream to hope one day they will get a chance to run out on the field of their favorite team. Kinda like Rudy. If they did it for the love of the game, they would go to a school where they would actually get to play, even if that meant going to a DII, DIII or even NAIA. It would also mean attending school in another State. If they numbers in this article are correct and whittingham' is truthful, which I believe he is, then 34 of the 39 walk-ons are "Rudy" aka meat squad. Will work hard and in some cases harder just to get that chance, pay for their education and never play a down in a game. If they loved the game and spent the time necessary to find the best match, they would play while the school paid for their education. Although I am inspired by those wanting to achieve the dream, I am also sadden by this article.

  • BigUtahFan BOUNTIFUL, UT
    April 13, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    If being a full time paying your way student was hard and being a student athlete is harder, then I can't imagine how hard it would be to be a walk on. I have a lot of respect for these guys. They do it for the love of the game.

    It's going to be a fun season. I'll keep an eye out for 59 and 29 to see if they can crack the roster on special team. Good luck fellas.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 13, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    They need another King Louie

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2012 10:05 p.m.

    Great story about guys who give it all for the team. I hope they get their chance one day to make an impact on this team.

    It is cool to hear that Kyle knows all of the kids on his team - even the walk ons. That says a lot about the kind of coach he is and it certainly speaks to the "family" environment that the coaching staff has created.

    History has shown that these guys have a great chance to not just earn a scholarship but to earn significant playing time sometime in the future.

    Good luck to these guys and Go Utes!