Red roundup: Utes lead state with 21 NFL players on opening-day rosters

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  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 7, 2012 4:17 p.m.

    Sign of the times - as many Aggies on the list as kewgs. Must be the coaching.

    In 2011, there were 11 ex-Utes on the pro-bowl ballot, three made the pro bowl team. In 2012, there are only 7 kewgs in the entire NFL? Again, must be the coaching.

    Go Matt! Rooting for you to get that tailback spot over Gerhart!!

    Go Utes!!

  • mountainflying OGDEN, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 8:31 p.m.

    The Utes are losing the in-state recruiting battle? The Utes are certainly getting better recruits than BYU and whether they come from Utah or other places it doesn't matter.

  • Proud Ute ,
    Sept. 4, 2012 8:25 p.m.

    @Chris B:
    Keeping 2, and am looking forward to a serious payday selling the other two!

    I have 2 seasons tickets for BYU I'll trade you!

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Sept. 4, 2012 7:14 p.m.

    The Utes are definitely losing the in-state recruiting battle.... must have something to do with the inferior TV contract/exposure

    Sept. 4, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    As a reference, Montana, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Temple, Toledo, and Troy all have more players on NFL rosters than does BYU. On the flip side, Miami has over 40 and hasn't exactly been a powerhouse team recently.

    Nice to see over 20 Utes playing in the NF>

  • YOBANFA Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 5:35 p.m.

    Matt Asiata is missing from Jeremiah's list. On the 53 man squad with the Minnesota Vikings and looking for serious playing time!!!

  • couglifer South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    I will give you $1.347 for the two of them

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    No surpise here. Just look at the results on the field. Utah has owned BYU the last decade, while the Aggies should have two straights wins over BYU.

    Utah State = BYU. Proof keeps pointing to that fact.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    I expect there will not be many comments from cougar fans!

    I did wonder how many of the seven former Y players played under current coach Bronco. If any, did they not learn of the evils of the NFL or did they not heed his teachings?

    I would suspect the 21 former Utes would not be exceeded by many schools. It would appear if a recruit has aspirations of the NFL - the University of Utah would be an outstanding choice!

    Sept. 4, 2012 11:52 a.m.

    I think it misses a few guys on practice squads as well, such as Harvey Unga. As IndeMak mentioned, James Aiono (Utah) was originally listed as cut by the Colts, but is now on their injured reserve list, and Shaky Smithson was unfortunately placed on IR during the preseason for the second consecutive year.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    There are also a few Utes missing on NFL injury lists that have the chance to make the squad as well once they come back.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    There are about equal number former Utes on the Dolphins as there are sons of Provo in the entire league.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    The only surprising thing here is that the disparity between utah and then byu/utah state is not even greater. I imagine as we continue to reach BCS bowl games(or "significant" bowl games once the offical "BCS" title is gone) this disparity will only grow. I have 4 tickets to the Utah/USC game. Keeping 2, and am looking forward to a serious payday selling the other two!