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Utah State adds third former Utah Ute this offseason

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Instead of two Utes, it’s now three who have left the Beehive State’s Power Five program for its Group of Five school this offseason.

In mid-June, Utah State confirmed that a pair of transfers from Utah — wide receiver Siaosi Mariner and tight end Caleb Repp — had been added as graduate transfers.  Nearly two months later, the Aggies confirmed that former Ute defensive end Nick Heninger has joined second-first-year head coach Gary Andersen‘s roster as well.

As was the case with his former-turned-current teammates, Heninger will be eligible to play immediately in 2019 as a graduate transfer.  Additionally, the lineman will have another season of eligibility that he could use in 2020.

Heninger played in 23 games the past two seasons at Utah after beginning his collegiate career as a walk-on with the Utes in 2016.  Prior to the start of this past season, Heninger was placed on scholarship.

Utes down a starting TE for rest of the season, again

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Utah’s undefeated season suffered a loss this week. Utah has lost starting tight end Siale Fakailoatonga for the rest of the season. Fakailoatonga’s injury is unknown as Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham has not shared details regarding the injury other than to say it is a season-ending injury.

Fakailoatonga stepped into the starting job at tight end early in the season after the Utes lost starter Evan Moeai suffered another season-ending injury. Fakailoatonga ends his season as Utah’s fourth-leading receiver with 120 yards on 12 receptions.

Utah’s depth at tight end is becoming a concern as sophomore Harrison Handley moves into the starting role, with freshman Caleb Repp backing him up. The two have combined for 11 receptions for 94 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Utah takes on USC this week as a surprising underdog.

Ducks down to Utes, but Lockie breathes life into limp offense

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For the first 24 minutes or so of the first half, and with its offense flailing, it looked as if Oregon was headed toward a second defeat in four tries this season.  While that still may be the case, “The Switch” hasn’t certainly breathed some life into the Ducks.

Sensing the need to shake things up, Mark Helfrich swapped out starting quarterback Vernon Adams, playing with a broken index finger on his throwing hand, in favor of Jeff Lockie. Trailing Utah 20-6 in Eugene, Lockie keyed a seven-play, 68-yard touchdown drive that cut the lead to seven at 20-13.  Lockie went 4-5 passing for 50 yards and a touchdown pass on the drive, adding one carry for 20 yards for good measure.

That spark, though, was, at least temporarily, snuffed out on the Utes’ ensuing drive, and in emphatic fashion.

On a third-and-one from their own 34-yard line, Utah quarterback Travis Wilson raced 60 yards — and by raced I mean lumbered, seemingly in slow motion — down to the Oregon six-yard line.  A penalty set the Utes back five yards, but Wilson eventually hit Caleb Repp from nine yards out to push the lead back out to 27-13, where it remained heading into halftime.

Prior to Lockie’s insertion into the lineup, the Utes’ were absolutely suffocating the Ducks’ powerful offense.  With Adams in charge, UO ran 16 plays and managed just 44 yards in five possessions, punting the ball an unimaginable three times.  Lockie’s first drive netted 24 more yards on nine fewer plays, although his second drive, late in the half, netted a three-and-out and a punt as the Utes’ defense once again stiffened.

Wilson, who had been considered a game-time decision because of an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder, accounted for all three of the Utes’ touchdowns, with all three coming on scoring passes.