Former minor league baseball player Wallace Gonzalez catching attention as new Utah Utes tight end

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  • East Coast Ute Storrs, CT
    Aug. 6, 2014 7:43 p.m.

    Naval Vet, some big guys can really move. I know it's an inferior level of ball, but Joe Don Duncan at Dixie was 6'3" and 268, and he was unstoppable as a pass-catcher. Even from the D-II level, he was initially graded as a 4th-6th round pick, but had some injuries making him unable to perform in any all-star games, running events at the combine or team workouts, so I'm not sure what his status is now.

  • positivethinker Magna, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 6:05 p.m.

    “I was recruited out of high school by, I want to say, six Pac-10 teams at the time,” he said......and he decided to walk on at Utah....this shows a lot of respect for the Ute Program

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 3:17 a.m.

    This is an exciting prospect. I hope he has a great run at Utah

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:08 p.m.


    I do remember Madsen, but Madsen wasn't 270-lbs. I'm just wondering how fast a 270-lbs TE moves. I also wonder how he might look on the other side of the ball. Like at LB for example. We're kinda thin there with the injuries to Paul and Hale. Since Utah is looking to employ a lot more nickle packages, speed at the LB spot won't be as critical as in a 4-3 formation.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 6:36 p.m.

    I have to think that if Gonzales can catch a tiny baseball on the run, he can certainly catch a football. Athletic and a big target...he will be very exciting to watch as a tight end!

    The Utes seem to be going about their business with a quiet confidence this year and I must admit, I like what I'm seeing. Football can't get here soon enough.

    Go Utes!

    Aug. 5, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    @Naval Vet

    you don't remember John Madsen in 2004? The guy was 6'5 and about 240lbs. Although he played basketball instead of baseball. I see him having a similar career. It seems that he is very motivated to be successful having not made it in the minor leagues he's shifted his work/efforts to another sport. "Mark it down" Chris B

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Aug. 5, 2014 3:43 p.m.

    So just how fast IS a 270-lbs TE? I don't recall seeing us ever having one like THAT before. I hope he adequately fills Murphy's shoes.

    Go Gonzales!

    GO UTES!!!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 3:14 p.m.

    Offense is looking GREAT! Mark my words - we will be the surprise team in the Pac 12 and will go 7-5 and WILL go to a great bowl game. Coach Christensen is going to get this NASCAR going to the tune of 35 points a game, just watch.

    Go UTES.