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Updated: Utah says Paulhus will not play for the Utes

Colton Paulhus

In May of 2012, Colton Paulhus was one of three Colorado State players charged, suspended and ultimately dismissed after the alleged “savage beating” of CSU students.

A year later, the defensive lineman has apparently found himself a new college football landing spot.

By way of The Coloradoan, Paulhus announced on his Facebook page that he will play for Utah in 2013.  The Utes have yet to confirm the lineman’s addition to the football team.

“God is amazing y’all. With everything that I’ve been through to be able to play football at the highest level again truly is a blessing. This is an opportunity of a lifetime! I’m leaving to Utah on Saturday and gonna be joining the PAC 12 conference… LEGGGO!”

In 2011 as a sophomore, Paulhus played in 11 games.  In early April of the next year, Paulhus, along with Nordly Capi and Mike Orakpo, was involved in an incident in which four CSU students were savagely beaten — the paper’s words at the time — and left the alleged victims with various injuries, from chipped teeth to eyes nearly swollen shut to cuts and bruises to one having a boot print left on his back from where he was allegedly assaulted by one of the football players.

One of the victims was allegedly beaten and kicked by the players to the point of unconsciousness.  Per the alleged victims, the incident began when the players lobbed a homophobic slur from their vehicle.

Paulhus and the other two players were ultimately charged with one count each of disorderly conduct.  One of the alleged victims was charged with the same offense.

(Photo credit: KDVR-TV)

Updated: Wednesday 2:27 p.m. ET: The official word from Utah is in, and it appears Paulhus will not play for the Utes.

Despite a message on his personal Facebook page Tuesday claiming he would be playing for Utah, the university announced Wednesday that Paulhus is not currently on the roster and will not be.

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23 Responses to “Updated: Utah says Paulhus will not play for the Utes”
  1. mauldawg says: Jul 3, 2013 7:29 AM

    How long before this thug kills someone.

  2. billobrienschindimple says: Jul 3, 2013 7:33 AM

    Gee, another egomaniacal football player. Shocker.

    Guy beats someone down, and blesses god for all that HE’S been through. Yeah, its a tough life being held accountable for your actions.

  3. tfppft says: Jul 3, 2013 7:49 AM

    How SEC-like of Utah. I don’t think this kid deserves a second chance.

  4. raiderufan says: Jul 3, 2013 8:04 AM

    It always amazes me how little defense god actually gets from his mass amounts of followers.

    I would be massively offended if the guy I put all my faith and values in was getting credit for putting this scum back on a football field when some defensless child is laying on the ground somewhere wondering if they’ll eat again let alone when….but most of the people that would defend drove past shelters & food banks without a second thought. Dead set on getting to church to drop $5 in the basket last Sunday.

  5. thegamecocker says: Jul 3, 2013 8:17 AM

    Colton Paulhus is garbage and has no right being on a college campus, no less its football team. The Utah Utes should be ashamed and embarrassed if he indeed is allowed in school. This guy should be in an anger management program and off the streets. He is a thug and we will no doubt read about another incident involving this miscreant. Hey Utah: DON’T DO IT!!!

  6. scalpemseminoles says: Jul 3, 2013 8:40 AM

    i hope utah loses every game as long as this guy is on their team! SHAME ON YOU, UTAH!

  7. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jul 3, 2013 9:05 AM

    Some things will never change. Until the always self righteous and self policing NCAA permanently bars these thugs from
    college athletics, this kind of behavior will continue. The university of Utah should be embarrassed to offer this student a place on the football team.

  8. sportsguy88 says: Jul 3, 2013 9:33 AM

    Couldn’t agree more billobrienschindimple. This guy has a few screws loose in the head.

  9. polegojim says: Jul 3, 2013 9:34 AM

    With everything…. ‘I’VE’ Been through???

    Sounds like a real ‘victim’… NOT

  10. fatcamper says: Jul 3, 2013 9:41 AM

    Why would Utah want a guy well past his prime that spent years in prison for a heinous crime?… wait, what?…So you’re telling me he was only charged with one count of disorderly conduct and didn’t serve any time? This must fall under “God works in mysterious ways.”

  11. bender4700 says: Jul 3, 2013 9:58 AM

    I’m ok with allowing a kid to redeem himself from a mistake, even a very bad mistake, but just seems like this kid feels he was put through some things.

    If he keeps his nose clean, does good in school, and continues to live a clean life, more power to him. But in order to achieve that, you have to fully accept responsibility for your actions. Based on just this LITTLE piece of info about him, not sure that’s the case, but of course this is one very small tidbit of insight into his thought process. So judging him off one twitter post is not fair.

    Time will tell.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 3, 2013 11:19 AM

    tfppft says: Jul 3, 2013 7:49 AM

    How SEC-like of Utah. I don’t think this kid deserves a second chance.

    This article has nothing to do with the SEC, yet the SEC haters still take no time in lobbing shots.

    Haters gonna hate.

  13. polegojim says: Jul 3, 2013 11:20 AM

    I totally get that bender… but his statement makes the whole thing suspect…

    IF he’s looking for redemption, good for him.

    IF he’s just looking to play football… too bad for him.

  14. mogogo1 says: Jul 3, 2013 11:40 AM

    You expect the top flight talent to get a million chances with the teams trying to win it all, but Utah was so desperate for help they take a thug who last played for Colorado State? Wow, not the proudest day for Ute fans.

  15. barbeaux says: Jul 3, 2013 12:08 PM

    A lot of college football players think that they’re persecuted. It’s so dumb.

  16. clainj says: Jul 3, 2013 1:47 PM

    This is pretty crappy reporting. Try checking some sources. This guy is NOT playing at Utah.

  17. mogogo1 says: Jul 3, 2013 2:44 PM

    Backlash was too much for them? I’m sure this guy isn’t a genius, but pretty hard for anybody to that badly misunderstand “Sorry, but we don’t want you on our team.”

    But maybe he can save that tweet and just sub in some other school and conference at a later date.

  18. jonnyburt says: Jul 3, 2013 4:15 PM

    Any journalist out there asking the proper follow-up questions to both Paulhus and the University on this one? Seems like he thought he was going to play for Utah. What lead him to think that? Was he contacted by Utah? When, by whom, how often? What level of commitment does each party believe was struck? What caused things to change? Negative press from the Utah AD regarding this Swimming coach? Negative press from bad character athletes in general? Maybe this is completely in the boys imagination, but it feels like there are plenty of unanswered questions. I could keep going but I feel like I’m doing the heavy-lifting for journalists.

  19. tijuanamike says: Jul 3, 2013 9:22 PM

    I wonder when all of the members of the lynch mob that posted comments trashing Utah football based on nothing more than a bogus Facebook rumor are going to come back on here to post apologies and redactions. I’m sure that a group of people that were so deeply concerned about the integrity of Utah football are not going to turn out to be a bunch of massive hypocrites with no integrity themselves. How pathetic would that be?

  20. thegamecocker says: Jul 4, 2013 8:33 AM


    I advocated Utah NOT to accept this kid because it would be an embarrassment to the university and its fans. We respond to what we read on these posts. For the most part, I find this blog to be honest and forthcoming about what they write. This case bares it out because they flashed an update in bold red letters. If you want me to apologize I will. I apologize for insinuating that Utah would be making a terrible error in judgement in allowing this miscreant into their school. I hope that satisfies your request.

  21. jonnyburt says: Jul 4, 2013 12:14 PM

    Who says he wasn’t actually being recruited? Utah’s Asst AD won’t comment. Maybe the negative press from the AD and swim coach added onto this made them change their mind. Either way, i was wrong to assume. The post initially said the school had Not confirmed anything. My brain skimmed that line.

  22. tuckfexas says: Jul 4, 2013 3:34 PM

    Boy, as if the moron didn’t already look like a complete dumbfugg, he sure does now. Wonder if he’s still on his way to Utah? There are some good looooonnnnnggggggg walls to jump off in Canyonlands, so hopefully he is.

  23. footballfangirl14 says: Aug 30, 2013 12:12 AM

    I went to high school with this gentleman at GBHS in Granite Bay California (I graduated a year before him in 2008) and I wish I can say that Colton deserved this chance to go play at Utah state (which I am so glad it did not end up falling into play) but what concerns me is that Weber State took him as a transfer onto their roster not only after the incident that he was apart of at Colorado State but previous incidents he was charged with in my hometown and surrounding Sacramento area while at his junior college American River College.

    While not only being charged of beating up fellow CSU students while enrolled in the college, Mr. Paulhus previously beat another fellow classmate to a pulp after he found out that his on and off again girlfriend by the name of Lauren C. had developed some kind of physical relationship with this other boy by the name of Tyler F. Paulhus attacked him from behind and ended up being sentenced to three years of probation and having to pay a lump sum I believe for “pain and suffering” costs

    THEN…. while attending ARC in Sacramento, California and playing junior college football for the Beavers (our state’s capital up in the Northern part of our state and about 15-20 minutes away from Granite Bay) had somehow managed to get his hands on a realistic looking fake id where he than ONCE AGAIN beat up another innocent man.

    The fact that Weber University also in Utah took Colton is beyond me. I believe in second chances under the circumstances yet Colton has had about three and continues to engage in this extremely over aggressive and physically violent behavior.

    I know for a fact due to leaders in our community that have spoken in regards to this matter that Colton was asked to attend a practice at Utah State ONLY BECAUSE his mother was able to somehow set up a trip for him to travel out and practice with the team and meet with the coaches, but after his overtly showboating and ridiculous shoutout to the Lord (as if him beating up other individuals has become a shortcoming for himself and he is victim instead of those he physically have beaten up) as a thank you for being given not only a third chance but practically a fourth (they also found large amounts of marijuana and steroids in his apartment in Colorado but could not prove who they belonged to amongst the roommates so he was not charged with drug possession) instead or repenting for the mistakes he has made.

    There are plenty of people that would die for even one opportunity to be able to have the chance to play college football or any collegiate sports. Colton gave up that chance after he physically assaulted one of our own and should have been banned from being a collegiate athlete entirely after his incident the summer before he started playing junior college ball. I am embarrassed that Weeber State refused to investigate further into Coltons personal record and give their football scholarship to someone who is probably a thousand times more qualified academically and personally than himself. Just shows you that talent seems to be valued over character to some still in this day and age.

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