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Kyle Whittingham Named To Dodd Trophy and Bear Bryant Award Watch Lists

Oct 19, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Football head coach Kyle Whittingham has been honored by the Dodd Trophy and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award today after being named to their midseason watch lists.

Whittingham, the longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12 and the second-longest tenured head coach at the same school in the FBS, is in his 18th season at the helm. He is the all-time wins leader at Utah (149-72), posting his 149th win in Utah's 43-42 victory over No. 7 USC on Saturday, Oct. 15.

He is a two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2019, 2021), also winning the Dodd Trophy in 2019 and the Bear Bryant Award in 2008. Including 11 seasons as a Ute assistant coach, Whittingham has contributed to move victories (234) than any coach in program history.

He has led the Utes to at least a share of the Pac-12 South Title four times (2021, 2019, 2018, 2015* shared title), winning the Pac-12 Championship game in 2021 to earn the program's first trip to the Rose Bowl.

The Utes have finished in the top-25 of the final College Football Playoff Poll six times under Whittingham (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021), also making the final AP Top 25 six times and the Coaches Poll seven times. Against AP Top 25 programs, Whittingham has been able to find consistent success, earning 20 wins against ranked opponents, including Utah's win over the No. 7 Trojans this season.

Through seven games in 2022, Utah is 5-2 overall and 3-1 in Pac-12 play. The Utes currently lead the league in defensive touchdowns, passing yards allowed, tackles for loss allowed and time of possession.

Under Whittingham in 2022, Utah ranks seventh nationally in sacks allowed per game (0.71) and second in tackles for loss allowed (3.14), also sitting in the top-25 in total offense (472.7) and scoring offense (40.7).

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