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Rising and Phillips Join Whittingham at Pac-12 Media Day

Jul 28, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah Football program will be well represented at the 2022 Pac-12 Football Media Day on Friday, July 29 with head coach Kyle Whittingham, junior quarterback Cameron Rising and sophomore cornerback Clark Phillips III all heading to Los Angeles for the event.

The Utes, who are the reigning Pac-12 Champions, were picked to win the league again by a media vote in the preseason poll that was released today. The Utes return 17 starters to the gridiron this fall and are poised for another electric season.
Utah is set to take center stage in LA this week, previewing what is shaping up to be another special year. The trio of Whittingham, Rising and Phillips will take part in print and radio sessions, photo and video shoots, and will headline live network and press conference interviews on Friday.

The Pac-12 Networks will feature complete coverage of all 12 teams, beginning with the Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff at 9 a.m. MT, followed by Whittingham at 9:45 a.m. MT.

The Utes get started at 9:45 a.m. MT when Whittingham will hit the main stage, airing on Pac-12 Insider, the Pac-12 Now app, and Pac-12 Networks' Ashley Adamson, Nigel Burton and Yogi Roth will sit down with Whittingham, Rising and Phillips at 11 a.m. MT on the Pac-12 Network, the Pac-12 Now app and
All Pac-12 Networks broadcasts are available in HD via the Pac-12 Now app for iOS, Android, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Pac-12 Networks subscribers have access to all content aired on Pac-12 Network and all six regional channels (Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Bay Area, Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Mountain, Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 Washington) via the Pac-12 Now app, which is free to download. In addition to watching live games, Utah fans can select to receive news and updates, all year long.
Additional coverage of Pac-12 Football Media Day can be seen across all Pac-12 digital and social media channels, including, Twitter (@Pac12Network & @Pac12), Facebook ( and Instagram (@Pac12Conference).

Rising a 2022 Davey O'Brien Award Preseason Watch List and Maxwell Award Watch List honoree earned first-team All-Pac-12 in 2021 after going 204-of-320 passing for 2,493 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was also versatile on the field as a dual threat, adding 74 carries for 499 rushing yards (6.7 ypc) and six rushing scores. He returns in 2022 as the highest rated Pac-12 quarterback on ESPN's 2021 QBR rating (84.2), ranking sixth overall to finish last season. 
On Monday, Phillips was named to the 2022 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List. He has started in every game he has appeared in since stepping foot on campus at Utah (19), earning All-Pac-12 in 2021. He wrapped up last season as one of three active Pac-12 players with multiple pick-sixes in their career.
Whittingham was named to the 2022 Dodd Trophy preseason watch list. He holds an overall record of 144-70 as he enters his 18th year at the helm and is the longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12 and the second-longest tenured head coach at the same school in the FBS. The Utes have finished with a winning record in 15 of his 17 years, including in eight straight while picking up at least a share of the Pac-12 South Title in three of the last four seasons.
Football season is right around the corner as fall camp is set to begin on Aug. 3. All camp practices are closed to the public. Utah returns 60 letter winners from last year's season, including 17 starters and nine all-conference performers from 2021. The Utes are coming off a historic season where they won the program's first-ever Pac-12 Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance.

For the complete 2022 preseason recognitions, click here.
Time is ticking down as Utah prepares to head to The Swamp in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, Sept. 3 to take on the Florida Gators. The game will air at 5 p.m. MT on ESPN.

There is a limited number of season tickets still available with multiple pricing options at Rice-Eccles Stadium. To purchase tickets,  visit or for more information, call or text the Utah Ticket Office at 801-581-8849. Fans wanting to learn more about season tickets or to join as a Utah Football Insider, click here.

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