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Lloyd, Covey Earn CBS Sports All-America First-Team

Dec 8, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah Football program landed two student-athletes on the 2021 CBS Sports All-America team with linebacker Devin Lloyd and return specialist Britain Covey earning first-team honors.

This is Lloyd's fourth-career All-America honor after earning Reese's Senior Bowl All-America honors this season and Sporting News and Phil Steele in 2020. For Covey, this is his third-career All-America selection after being named to the Phil Steele list in 2020 and earning Freshman All-America in 2015.

Both Lloyd and Covey were named Pac-12 All-Conference first-team selections this season with Lloyd earning Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year. It was Lloyd's second-straight first-team honor with Covey being named to his fifth All-Pac-12 team including third on the first-team.

Lloyd is ranked No. 2 in the FBS this season with 22.0 tackles for loss, complimenting his 106 total tackles, which ranks second in the Pac-12. The Chula Vista, Calif., native has had at least 1.0 tackle for loss in 10 of Utah's 13 games this season, including his career high 5.0 against Stanford.

Lloyd also had six pass breakups and four interceptions, tying for the lead among FBS linebackers in picks. He is one of just two linebackers nationally that has multiple pick-sixes this season, including his 34-yard return in Utah's Pac-12 Championship winning game against Oregon, earning him MVP of the game.

Covey, who is Utah's all-time leader in career punt return yards (1,092), leads the Pac-12 and is No. 3 in the FBS with 14.7 yards per punt return. His 427 total punt return yards this season leads the FBS with his two punt return touchdowns also tying for the lead nationally.

The two-time Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week had a career-high 132 punt return yards against San Diego State, the most by a player in the FBS this season. His 80-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Aztecs was the fourth-longest in program history and ranks as the second-longest in the Pac-12 this year.

The Utes return to action on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 when they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl. The game will kick off at 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT and will air on ESPN.

Lloyd's 2021 Honors

  • Reese's Senior Bowl, CBS Sports All-America First-Team
  • Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year
  • Pac-12 All-Conference First-Team
  • Lott IMPACT Trophy and Butkus Award Finalist
  • Chuck Bednarik Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Semifinalist
  • Reese's Senior Bowl Invitee
  • Midseason All-America: The Athletic, ESPN, CBS Sports, AP, Sporting News
  • Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week (Oct. 18)
  • Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week (Oct. 12, Nov. 9)
  • Reese's Senior Bowl Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 27)
  • Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 7, Oct. 18, Nov. 8)
  • Preseason All-America: The Athletic, Athlon Sports, Walter Camp, Phil Steele
  • Preseason Watch Lists: Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski, Butkus Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy, Reese's Senior Bowl

Covey's 2021 Honors

  • CBS Sports All-America first-team
  • Pac-12 All-Conference first-team
  • Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District
  • Paul Hornung Award Watch List
  • Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 20, Nov. 22)
  • Preseason All-America (Phil Steele, Athlon Sports)
  • Preseason All-Pac-12