Utah Football To Host Annual Spring Game April 23
SALT LAKE CITY – After what was a historical run to the program's first-ever Rose Bowl appearance, the University of Utah Football team is set to hit the gridiron once again for spring practices, all culminating with the annual spring game on Saturday, April 23.
More information about the game, which will take place inside Rice-Eccles Stadium, including events surrounding the game and TV information will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the spring game will be available for Crimson Club members during a presale from March 16-23 and will open to the public on March 25 at 10 a.m. MT. Pricing will be the following:
Chairs: $22 for two tickets
Bleachers: $22 for four tickets
Fans can call or text the Utah Ticket Office at 801-581-8849 or visit www.UtahTickets.com for any questions.
All funds raised through ticket sales from the spring game will go to the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship and the Aaron Lowe Memorial Scholarship, established to honor the legacy of the two former Utah football student-athletes who tragically lost their lives in 2020 and 2021.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG
Spring practices will officially begin on Tuesday, March 22 with the Utes hitting the field 15 times during spring training, ending with the game on April 23. Utah's 2022 Pro Day is also scheduled for March 24, featuring 15+ former Utes all looking to take the next step to fulfilling their dreams to become a pro.
LOOKING AT 2022
Utah will return 17 starters, including eight on offense and six on defense along with all three specialists.
- The Utes bring back three of their five starting offensive linemen (Keaton Bills, Sataoa Laumea, Braeden Daniels) in addition to Jaren Kump, who started all five games in 2020 and in four in 2021 before suffering a season-ending injury.
- Out of the 3,000 receiving yards that the Utes produced in 2021, 2,111 will return in 2022, including 1,121 returning from tight ends Brant Kuithe and Dalton Kincaid.
- Utah saw 22 different players earn at least one start on defense in 2021 with 13 returning in 2022. Of those 13, nine will still be underclassmen (Junior Tafuna, Aliki Vimahi, Van Fillinger, Karene Reid, Zemaiah Vaughn, Faybian Marks, Clark Phillips III, Kamo'i Latu, Cole Bishop).
- The Utes also return eight of their 15 all-Pac-12 honorees from 2021, highlighted by first-team offensive selections Cameron Rising and Tavion Thomas.
Utah will enter the 2022 season on the heels of its eighth straight winning season, finishing 2021 with a 10-4 overall record. Under the direction of head coach Kyle Whittingham, the Utes have finished with a winning record in 15 of his 17 years at the helm.
THE MAN IN CHARGE
Head coach Kyle Whittingham will enter his 18th season at the helm for the Utes in 2022, serving as the longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12 and the second-longest at the same school in the NCAA FBS. He is 144-70 overall at Utah, becoming the all-time wins leader in 2021, passing Ike Armstrong (141-55-15 in 211 games). He has coached in 339 games at Utah (11 seasons as an assistant), and 214 as the head coach.
- He has led the Utes to at least a share of the Pac-12 South title in three of the last four seasons, and four times overall since joining the Pac-12 (2021, 2019, 2018, 2015*). Utah won its first-ever Pac-12 Championship game in 2021, beating No. 10 Oregon 38-10.
- Whittingham has won three National Coach of the Year recognitions – two in 2008 and one in 2019. He was the AFCA Coach of the Year and Bear Bryant Award winner in 2008, and the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Year in 2019, also winning Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2019 and 2021.