Blake Tomlinson

Blake Tomlinson

Senior – Men’s Golf Team

2021-22 (Senior) 

  • Competed in all five fall tournaments for the Utes. 
  • Finished 1-over (211) and shook off a slow start carding back-to-back 2-under (68) rounds at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate. 
  • Led the Utes at the Mark Simpson Invitational finishing in a tie for fifth, shooting 11-under (205). Tied his personal-best 18-hole individual score shooting 8-under (64) in round two. 
  • Shot the lowest 18-hole individual score of the starting five at the Oregon State Invitational carding 3-under (68) on day two. Finished in a four-way tie for 13th. 
  • Finished in a tie for seventh after shooting 8-under (205) at the Visit Stockton Invitational. 

2020-21 (Junior)

  • Competed in nine tournaments, recording 28 rounds of golf.
  • Totaled 1,995 strokes for a team-low 71.3 strokes per round, which ranks third all-time in program history.
  • Carded 18 rounds at par or better, finishing in the top-10 in four tournaments, including winning two.
  • One of two players on record at Utah to win two individuals titles in one season.
  • Ranked as high as No. 41 as an individual out of over 250 ranked Division I golfers.
  • Won the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational with a career-low score of 201 (-15) through 54 holes, which is the lowest 54-hole score on record at Utah.
  • He tied his career-low score of 201 at the Thunderbird Collegiate, tying for first to share the individual title.
  • Scored a 65 in the first round of the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational and the first round of the Thunderbird Collegiate, tying for his second-lowest round of golf in his career.
  • Shot 4-under and tied for second at the Redhawk Invitational (212).
  • Tied for ninth out of 104 golfers at the Ping Cougar Classic, shooting 7-under (209).

2019-20 (Junior)

  • Competed in six events in a shortened season due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Totaled 1,302 strokes in 18 rounds, averaging 72.3 strokes per round (fourth on the team).
  • Seven rounds of par or better.
  • Season-high finish at the Oregon State Invitational, shooting even for the tournament (71-70-72=213) to tie for ninth.
  • Shot a season low 68 in the first round of the Maui Jim Intercollegiate and the third round of the Bandon Dunes Championship.
  • Shot 1-over to tie for 29th at the Saint Mary’s Invitational (70-72-72=214).
  • Tied for 21st at the Bandon Dunes Championship while shooting 2-over (73-74-68=215).

2018-19 (Sophomore)

  • Competed in all 12 events.
  • Totaled 2,713 strokes through 37 rounds for a 73.3 strokes-per-round average (third on the team).
  • Carded 12 rounds of par or better.
  • Five eagles.
  • Earned first collegiate win at the Bandon Dunes Championship with a score of 4-under par (70-69-73=212) with a season-best second round of 69.
  • Tied for 14th at the Mark Simpson Invitational with a three-round score of 1-over par (71-74-72=217).Carded two-straight rounds under par at the Showdown in the Rockies and tied for 17th with a score of 2-over par (70-70-78-218).
  • Finished tied for 43rd at the Pac-12 Championship (74-73-75-74=296; +12).

2017-18 (Freshman)

  • All-Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
  • Competed in all 11 regular season events as a true freshman for the Utes.
  • Competed in the NCAA Stockton Regional, becoming first Utah player to do so since 2007.
  • 71.5 season average ranks third-lowest all-time in school history.
  • Carded a team-best 21 rounds of par or better and finished among top-20 in eight different events; tallied a total of three top-10 finishes on the season.
  • Carded a three-round score of 5-under par (970-70-71=211) and finished in a tie for ninth place overall (second among individual competitors) at the NCAA Stockton Regional.
  • Carded a four-round score of 3-over par (72-67-76-72=287) to finish in a tie for 41st place at the Pac-12 Championships.
  • Recorded a personal best 8-under par (64) in the first round of the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate, which is tied for the third-lowest round all-time at Utah, and finished in a personal-best tie for fourth place.
  • Registered season-best scores of 5-under par at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite, National Invitational Tournament and NCAA Stockton Regional.
  • Carded a season-low 3-under par (210) and finished in a tie for 12th place at the Bandon Dunes Championship.
  • Totaled 2,644 strokes in 37 total rounds for a 71.5 strokes-per-round average.

High School

  • Attended Skyline High School.
  • Three-time member of 4A all-state team.
  • Won 4A individual state championship as a senior.
  • Won the Salt Lake City Open in 2016.
  • Recorded a top-10 performance at the Junior World Championships.
  • Took first place at the Big “I” National Championship.

Personal: Son of Sean and Annette Tomlinson … sister, Laurel … enjoys fishing, camping, and hunting … majoring in family, community and human development with an emphasis financial planning.

Recruiting: A look at who has committed to Utah football for the 2023 recruiting class

Recruiting: A look at who has committed to Utah football for the 2023 recruiting class

SALT LAKE CITY — Recruiting is the lifeblood of any collegiate program, and it’s no different for the University of Utah football program.

Below is a brief look at who has already committed to Utah, as well as some players to be on the lookout for in the coming months.

Check back often to see how the 2023 recruiting class takes shape.

Note: Although there are several recruiting services to pull from, KSL.com partners with 247Sports to identify a recruit’s ranking (namely the 247Sports Composite, which factors in other services). As such, embedded profiles for each athlete are found below, with more info found on the recruiting service’s website.

Committed recruits

Mack Howard, QB, Oxford HS (Oxford, MS)

Mack Howard, a quarterback out of Oxford, Mississippi, committed to Utah on March 26. He will take an official visit to Utah on June 10. The three-star quarterback holds seven offers, with Utah being one of only two Power Five offers.

Mateaki Helu, ATH, Tooele HS (Tooele, UT)

Mateaki Helu re-committed to his hometown school of Utah on April 25 and plans to take an official visit on June 24. The three-star athlete was committed to Utah at one point but decommitted in April; however, he quickly committed again to Utah after he said he made a “mistake.”

Players to watch

While not all of the following athletes will be signed by Utah, many have taken an official or unofficial visit to Utah, or have at least a moderate interest in the program. This list will continue to expand and shrink as it gets closer to signing day and as the athletes release more details about their future.

Enow Etta, DL, Covenant Christian Academy (Colleyville, TX)

Viewed as a Michigan State commit, Enow Etta made an official visit to Utah on June 3, the first of four visits with Utah, Michigan State, Michigan and Stanford. Etta, who currently holds offers from 30 schools, was a last-minute addition to Utah’s official visit calendar, but Etta is currently ranked No. 116 in the nation, according to 247Sports‘ Composite rankings.

Anthony James, DL, Wylie East HS (Wylie, TX)

Anthony James made an official visit to Utah on June 3. James was originally committed to Texas A&M before opening up his recruitment on May 22. The defensive lineman holds offers from 23 schools and is ranked No. 117 in the nation, according to 247Sports‘ Composite rankings.

Jamal Anderson, LB, Mill Creek HS (Hoschton, GA)

Legacy recruit Jamal Anderson made an official visit to Utah on June 6, just three days after an official visit to Clemson, which is where he’s projected to commit. The four-star linebacker is ranked the 10th best player at his position, according to 247Sports‘ Composite rankings, with offers from 34 schools.

Liona Lefau, LB, Kahuku HS (Kahuhu, HI)

Liona Lefau is a four-star linebacker who made an official visit on June 3. Lefau currently holds offers from 25 schools and is the No. 1 rated prospect from Hawaii for the 2023 recruiting class, according to 247Sports‘ Composite rankings.

Heath Ozaeta, OT, Mount Si HS (Snoqualmie, WA)

Heath Ozaeta is the latest offensive lineman to make the trip to Salt Lake City for an official visit on June 3. Ozaeta has seemingly narrowed down his decision between three schools — Nebraska, UCLA and Utah — and is expected to announce his commitment in June, he told 247Sports. The three-star lineman holds 18 offers and is viewed as the eighth-best prospect from Washington, according to 247Sports‘ Composite rankings.

Marquise Collins, RB, College Station HS (College Station, TX)

Marquise Collins out of Texas has the Utes in in top five — among Boston College, Duke, California and TCU — and made an official visit to Utah on June 3. Collins is a three-star running back that has 31 offers, according to 247Sports.

Owen Chambliss, LB, Centennial HS (Corona, CA)

Owen Chambliss is one of many linebacker recruits Utah is targeting in the current recruiting class. The three-star recruit by 247Sports made an official visit to Utah on June 3 — the first of three scheduled official visits for Chambliss.

Utah’s track and field program has been in the shadows since joining the Pac-12. At nationals, it will get its biggest stage in a decade

Utah’s track and field program has been in the shadows since joining the Pac-12. At nationals, it will get its biggest stage in a decade

Cara Woolnough and Josefine Eriksen will represent Utah at the NCAA championships this week

On Cara Woolnough’s iPhone calendar, the weekend of June 8-11 has been blocked off for months.

That’s when the NCAA track and field championships will take place.

But Woolnough, a Utah distance runner, hadn’t made plans to be in Eugene, Ore. She had purchased tickets to New York City. On the night of the NCAA track and field championships, she had planned on attending a Billy Joel concert.

Well, forget that New York state of mind.

Woolnough, who qualified for the outdoor 5K, will be one of two runners representing the Utes this week in Oregon.

“I definitely wasn’t expecting to make it to the championship. That’s for sure,” Woolnough laughed.

It can be forgiven Woolnough didn’t see a bid to track and field’s biggest stage as a possibility. Not many people from Utah — a small, women’s only program that focuses on distance running — make it to the NCAA championships.

But this year, Utah’s blue-collar program is making a habit of rewriting the expectations. It has two qualifiers in the NCAA Championships for the first time in a decade. Woolnough and Josefine Eriksen have set several school records. If it wasn’t for a harder-than-expected regional meet, Utah’s Simone Plourde would have likely made it, too.

“The program is thriving right now,” Woolnough said. “I think this program often goes unnoticed. I feel like we surprise everyone, every time we compete. I think that’s just the story of this team, constantly surprising people.”

For a long time, Utah operated in the shadow of other Pac-12 programs that routinely pump out Olympians and national champions. UCLA and USC are perennial powers. Oregon, with its state-of-the-art facilities, is so good that it actually hosts the national championships every year.

So, for the last decade, Utah has been seen as little more than a track outpost in the mountains with a group of scrappy distance runners. Here and there, it would get somebody into the championships. But it was tough to pull in enough talent all at once to truly burst onto the scene.

Woolnough is a perfect example of that. She is from Australia and had never even heard of Utah when she went on her recruiting tour.

She visited Ole Miss and the University of Portland late in the recruiting process. When she arrived in Salt Lake City, she didn’t expect much.

“You come here, and I’m amazed by the fact that no other Australians have really been to Utah,” she said. “I was looking really last minute because our school year ends in December in Australia. So I started looking when I graduated in December of 2016. But it was black and white with the other universities I visited.”

This year’s NCAA tournament will be the stage the program needs to change its perception. It will always be small and scrappy. But having two people competing will put it on the map.

It will be a chance to show why Utah had its highest finish in the Pac-12 since 2012. And why, under the radar, Utah has multiple athletes competing on the international circuit.

And, just maybe, it will be enough of a platform to slightly change the expectations around the program. Instead of planning trips to New York during the championships next year, runners will block off time to head to Eugene and compete on the biggest stage.

“I’m so stoked to make it,” Woolnough said. “To compete with the best girls in the nation, it does sound exciting to me. It is unexpected. I suppose I just prefer to surprise myself.”

‘Cam Rising should be considered a Heisman Trophy candidate’: How this former Utah star sizes up Ute QB

‘Cam Rising should be considered a Heisman Trophy candidate’: How this former Utah star sizes up Ute QB

During the memorable 2021 campaign, Rising proved himself. What’s in store for him, and the Utes, next fall?

Scott Mitchell learned everything he needed to know about Utah quarterback Cam Rising when Rising lost the starting job to Charlie Brewer last August.

Mitchell, who threw for nearly 9,000 yards and 69 touchdowns with the Utes in the late 1980s, has been impressed with Rising for a long time. And he has enormous expectations for Rising going into the 2022 season. 

Rising transferred to Utah from Texas and redshirted in 2019. After earning the starting job for the truncated 2020 campaign, Rising suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the first half against USC.

Over the next several months, Rising rehabbed and kept working, even as the coaching staff brought in Brewer, a Baylor transfer, who enjoyed a perfect performance in the spring game.

When fall camp opened in August ahead of the 2021 season, Brewer and Rising staged a competitive battle for the starting job, which Brewer ultimately won. In some type of foreshadowing, Rising had already been named a team captain, which exemplified what his teammates thought about him. 

Despite not winning the starting job, Rising didn’t sulk. He supported Brewer and his teammates. 

“Most kids in our world today would transfer,” Mitchell said. “I think that it speaks to his mindset and it helped him when he played, that when things are tough, he’s not a guy that’s going to bail on you.”

Record-setting Utah track star Josefine Eriksen has sights on NCAAs, European Championships

Record-setting Utah track star Josefine Eriksen has sights on NCAAs, European Championships

Eriksen, the Utes’ record-holder in the 800, will join teammate Cara Woolnough at nationals at Oregon’s famed Hayward Field

Although she just broke the University of Utah school record in the women’s 800 meters, sophomore Josefine Eriksen considers herself an underdog in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week in Eugene, Oregon.

“I think we can surprise some people at nationals,” Eriksen told the Deseret News last week, referring to herself and senior teammate Cara Woolnough, who qualified in the 5,000 meters.

Whatever the case, it is a historic happening for the women of Utah, who are sending multiple individuals to the national finals being held this year at the reimagined Hayward Field in Eugene for the first time since 2012.

Woolnough posted a run of 15 minutes, 50.8 seconds in the 5,000 a few weeks ago at the West region preliminaries in Fayetteville, Arkansas, while Eriksen was second in her heat and third overall with a school-record run of 2:02.49 in the 800.

“That is awesome to be going as teammates,” said Eriksen, who is wrapping up her first year at the U.

“It is so cool because the University of Utah has been looked at as an underdog, but we have really good athletes. … I don’t think people are paying attention to the University of Utah. I think we can do a really good job there.”

Woolnough was featured in a Deseret News article last month because she graduated in biomedical engineering with a 4.0 grade point average.

The run in Arkansas marked the first time in six years that Eriksen had broken a personal record.

“Just working hard, listening to coaches and being patient (was the key),” she said. “It is really about patience and believing in what coach does.

“So yeah, work hard every day and things work out.”

Eriksen broke the school record set by Bountiful’s Rosalie Waller — a former walk-on — in 2014. Waller ran 2:03.27 in the Pac-12 championships eight years ago.

Breaking school records is nothing new for Eriksen, who grew up in Norway and spent her first year of college at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

She had a solid freshman season for the Vaqueros, winning two individual events and a silver medal at the WAC Championships, but her coach quit and she decided to enter the transfer portal seeking a bigger school to attend.

“Utah just looked really nice, with all the nature and everything,” she said. “The campus looked great and also I was looking at my teammates’ times, and they were pretty good.

“I was also looking at their Instagram pages, and it looked like the team was really funny and a good group. That’s why I chose Utah.”

Growing up in Stavern, a small town in Norway, Eriksen began learning to speak English in elementary school.

She began working with an agency that places top foreign athletics in American universities her senior year and settled on the school in Texas because she wanted a warmer climate.

“I was really tired of the cold in Norway,” she said. “Competing in the states and going to school here was something I thought would be cool, just an adventure.

“I didn’t want to say ‘what if,’ so I made the decision and I am glad I did.”

Under the direction of former Oregon standout Rebecca Rhodes, hired by Utah last November, Eriksen broke Utah’s records in the 200 (24.24), 400 (54.01) and 600 (1:28.27) in the indoor season last winter.

Ironically, she went into the preliminaries thinking her best shot at qualifying for nationals was in the 400, not the 800.

“That was really shocking, because I thought I was going to set the record in the 400, not the 800,” she said of the meet, “because basically I am a 400 runner.

“It feels like I need to run more of the 800 from now on.”

Will Alex Smith and Eric Weddle soon be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame?

Will Alex Smith and Eric Weddle soon be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame?

The former Utah greats are among 96 players in consideration for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame induction might be in the offing for former University of Utah football greats Alex Smith and Eric Weddle.

The pair of Utes, who starred at the U. in the mid-2000s, were both named on the 2023 ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Smith and Weddle are two of 80 former FBS players who will be considered for Hall of Fame induction (the voting deadline is June 30). In total, 96 total players are in the running, as well as 33 coaches.

“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot considering more than 5.54 million people have played college football and only 1,056 players have been inducted,” National Football Foundation President and CEO Steve Hatchell said in a statement. “The Hall’s requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of about 1,500 individuals who are even eligible.

Haley Denning

Haley Denning

2021: Pac-12 Honor Roll selection, second-team All-Pac-12 and first-team NFCA All-Pacific Region who had a breakout season at the plate and in the field… led the Pac-12 in hits (75) and stolen bases (31), ranking nationally 5th and tied for 11th, respectively, in those two categories… also led the Utes in batting average (.391), runs (46), triples (5) and multi-hit games (23)… five triples ranked 15th in the NCAA… her 31 stolen bases (in 34 att.) were the most by a Utah player since 2001… stole 12 consecutive bases before being thrown out on her second attempt in the first game of a March 24 doubleheader vs. Utah Valley, and stole nine in a row before being thrown out at Arizona on April 24… began the season as the starting left-fielder, but moved to shortstop in midseason because of injuries that disrupted the lineup, and was spectacular in the field wherever she played… had a career-high four hits on May 14 vs. Oregon State.

2020: Pac-12 All-Academic selection… all 18 games in left field… batted .397, second-best on the team, with 57 at bats, 23 hits (second on team), and a team-high 19 runs scored… led the team in stolen bases (12-12)… .466 slugging percentage.… leadoff hitter in 15 games, and batted ninth in the other three… had a team-high eight multi-hit games… named to the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge all-tournament team after hitting .467 and leading the team with four runs scored… fielding percentage of .95 and 18 putouts.

2019: Easton/NFCA Division 1 Scholar Athlete … redshirted due to injury.

Prior to Utah: Denning, an All-City and All-Region selection at Arcadia High School, had a career .588 batting average with 174 hits and 154 runs scored. She ranked as the No. 52 player in the nation by FloSoftball.com

She helped her club team, Firecrackers AZ, to a Triple Crown Sports Fireworks Super 32 U16 championship and a runner-up spot at the U18 Super 48.

Personal: Haley is the daughter of Gene and Chris Denning, and has one sibling, Connor. She is majoring in health promotion and education, specializing in the emergency medical service program with a goal of becoming a firefighter and being involved in wilderness rescue. Denning was also an all-division soccer player, registering 20 goals in a season.

She was also a GOAL tutor and a member of the Key Club and the Academic Honor Roll. Denning parlayed her passion for crafts into becoming President of the “Gosh Yarn It” Club, which taught knitting and bracelet-making to students, with all goods donated to children’s hospitals.

Utes women’s basketball coach, Lynne Roberts, gets contract extension through 2027

Utes women’s basketball coach, Lynne Roberts, gets contract extension through 2027

SALT LAKE CITY — It didn’t take long to realize that Utah women’s basketball coach Lynne Roberts had turned around a program hoping to compete in a difficult Pac-12 Conference last season.

Through a series of recruiting moves to bolster the depth of the roster and an inward look on the program, Roberts led her team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2010-11 season. And not to be outdone by just making an appearance, her team secured a first-round win in the tournament, which was last done in 2009.

At the end of the season, Roberts’ team was even included in a way-too-early Top 25 rankings, showcasing the work that had been done to get Utah into a favorable spot heading into the next season. The Utes are making moves, and it has Roberts to thank for it.

The multi-year effort to build a competitive program worked: Roberts was awarded with a contract extension Tuesday, locking in the coach through June 2027. Utah Athletics Director Mark Harlan said it was largely due to Roberts’ “breakthrough success” over the last season, but added it was not an “overnight sensation but a reflection of the incredibly solid and healthy foundation she has established to sustain success.”

“Lynne Roberts has steadily built a championship-level winning program in the most competitive women’s basketball conference in the country, and it is imperative that we reinforce support for her and her staff with this contract extension,” Harlan said.

The contract extension, which comes a year before her previous contract expired, was years in the making. And with Roberts finally able to see her goal realized, the contract extension was an example of the belief the university has in her to keep her philosophy alive.

“I love Utah, Salt Lake City, the University of Utah, and this athletic department,” Roberts said. “Beyond that, I believe in this place: the state, the community, the university, our athletics department and its leadership. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to continue to build a women’s basketball powerhouse in the Pac-12 here at the University of Utah.

“The best is yet to come!”

Details of Roberts’ contract have not been made available at this time. Roberts last signed a contract in 2018 that went through June 2023, where she made $350,000 in base salary each season, in addition to several bonus incentives related to her team’s academic success and ability to reach the NCAA Tournament.

Tomlinson Earns Top-10 Finish at 2022 Pac-12 Championships

Tomlinson Earns Top-10 Finish at 2022 Pac-12 Championships

Tomlinson becomes just the 3rd Ute to secure a top-10 finish at the Pac-12 Championship.

SAMAMMISH, Wash. – Utah golf closed out competition at the 2022 Pac-12 Championships on Wednesday, finishing T-8th with a team score of 1463 (+43). Senior Blake Tomlinson led the Utes carding his second lowest score of the championship (70, -1) and finished the tournament with a score of 284 (E), climbing the leaderboard six spots for a T-6th finish. His 72-hole score is the third lowest at a conference championship on record at Utah.

“I’m really happy for Blake. To finish sixth in the conference championship is awesome! His week had a few ups and downs, but he fought really hard and I know it means a lot to him and our program,” head coach Garrett Clegg said. “Today we just couldn’t quite get things going. Our par five play cost us all week and today it hurt us as well. We just couldn’t seem to get out of our own way. But now we come home and wait for our NCAA Regional assignment. We have a lot to clean up in a week, but we will get to work!”

Starting on the 10th tee for the second consecutive day, Tomlinson turned in a 1-over (36) after bogeying a pair and picking up a birdie on his first nine. Making the turn, Tomlinson birdied the first but followed with a bogey two holes later to put him 1-over on the round. Tomlinson was able to dip back under par finishing strong with a birdie on the par four fifth and ninth, the hole he aced just a day ago.

Tomlinson became the third Ute to finish in the top-10 at the Pac-12 Championships, joining Mitchell Schow who finished T-8th last season and Kyler Dunkle who finished second in 2019.

Braxton Watts earned a top-30 finish, but penciled just a single birdie in his final round and would go on to post a 79 (+8) with five bogeys and two doubles on the card. Watts led the Utes for most of the tournament, but his final round would give him a tournament total of 292 (+8) and finish T-28th. This is the highest finish by a freshman in program history at the Pac-12 Championship. 

Javier Barcos endured a tough round, scrambling trying to save par but would end up tallying seven bogeys in his final round. Barcos would birdie the par five seventh and par four 17th to turn in a 76 (+5) and end the championship with a total of 294 (+10) and place T-41st.

Tristan Mandur climbed the board nine spots and carded an even par 71 in his final round to finish the championships with a score of 294 (+10), good for T-38th. Mandur started off hot with a birdie on the first three holes but would bogey the 18th to make the turn at 2-under (34). Those first three birdies were the only red numbers Mandur would collect on the day, bogeying a pair of holes on his second nine to finish level par.

Oscar Maxfield showed some consistent play over the three-day tournament and shot his second consecutive 75 (+4) to wrap up his conference championship. Maxfield started off his final round slow with a couple bogeys through the first four holes and saw a tough stretch bogeying the first three holes after making the turn. A birdie would follow on the par four fourth and would go on to par out to shoot 2-over on each nine. Maxfield finished the tournament shooting 305 (+21), good for 65th.

Martín León carded his best round of the championship, picking up four birdies, four bogeys and a dreaded triple to turn in a score of 74 (+3). Battling throughout his final round, Leon managed to shoot a 37 (+1) and 36 (+1) on each side. Overall, Leon totaled a 319 (+35) to climb one spot and finish in 70th.

The teams T-8th place finish is the second-best finish since the Utes joined the conference of champions and the team score of 1463 (+43) is the fourth-lowest at a 72-hole conference championship on record at Utah.

Up Next
All eyes now turn to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Selection Show which will take place on May 4, at 2 p.m. MT. The show will be aired on the Golf Channel as the Utes look to make an appearance for just the fourth time in program history.

LIVE SCORING
Live scoring for the Pac-12 Championships is available on GolfStat.com. Fans can also follow along on social media (Twitter: @UtesGolf | Instagram: @UtesGolf).

Pac-12 football: Winners and losers following 5 months of transfer portal insanity

Pac-12 football: Winners and losers following 5 months of transfer portal insanity

Since the end of the regular season, 243 football players have passed through the transfer portal on their way out of or into the Pac-12.

And more could follow.

With the May 1 transfer deadline fast approaching, we expect a handful of transfers — and perhaps multiple handfuls — in the final days before the window closes.

(Players who transfer after the deadline must sit out the 2022 season or receive a waiver from the NCAA.)

Where do teams stand at this point in the transfer cycle?

Here’s our look at the winners and losers based on the latest information in the 247Sports database.

Winners

Arizona

Biggest gain: QB Jayden de Laura (from Washington State)

Biggest loss: WR Jalen Curry (to Buffalo)

Comment: The Wildcats have lost 21 players to the portal but few of significance. Meanwhile, a handful of additions could make a deep impact — not only on Arizona but on the shape of the South race. Atop the list is de Laura, of course, but he’ll have immediate help from receiver Jacob Cowing, who caught 69 passes for UTEP last season. Defensively, keep an eye on defensive end Tiaoalii Savea, a UCLA transfer and former four-star recruit who should bolster a position of extreme need.

Cal

Biggest gain: QB Jack Plummer (from Purdue)

Biggest loss: WR Nikko Remigio (to Fresno State)

Comment: Remigio’s role as a threat in the passing and return games is significant for a program that has experienced big-play issues in recent years. We expect linebackers Xavier Carlton (from Utah) and Jackson Sirmon (Washington) to solidify the middle of the defense, but Plummer stands as the transfer most likely to affect Cal’s trajectory — and it’s not really close. There’s a void at quarterback without Chase Garbers and a slew of unknowns about the internal replacements.

Oregon

Biggest gain: QB Bo Nix (from Auburn)

Biggest loss: TB Travis Dye (to USC)

Comment: Despite Dye’s departure and the exodus of offensive linemen, the Ducks are in positive territory at this point in the transfer cycle. Cornerback Christian Gonzalez, an honorable-mention all-conference pick last season at Colorado, is a major acquisition given the significance of the position. But after his impressive showing in the spring scrimmage, Nix must be considered the frontrunner for the starting job. The combination of a starting quarterback and cornerback is enough to vault the Ducks into net-positive territory.

USC

Biggest gain: QB Caleb Williams (from Oklahoma)

Biggest loss: K Parker Lewis (to TBD)

Comment: The Trojans would be a portal winner if Williams were their only newcomer, but coach Lincoln Riley has completely rebuilt the skill positions with Dye (Oregon), Austin Jones (Stanford), Brendan Rice (Colorado), Mario Williams (Oklahoma) and Terrell Bynum (Washington). Defensively, USC has added three players, cornerback Mekhi Blackmon (from Colorado) and linebackers Shane Lee (Alabama) and Romello Height (Auburn), who should play significant roles in the salvage operation.

Utah

Biggest gain: LB Mohamoud Diabate (from Florida)

Biggest loss: DE Xavier Carlton (to Cal)

Comment: The combination of Diabate, who will face his former team in the season opener, and Gabe Reid (from Stanford), should help with the momentous task of replacing Devin Lloyd in the middle of the defense. The attrition from Utah’s two-deep has been limited — almost non-existent — as the program prepares to defend its conference title and make a run at the playoff. In contrast to so many peers in the South, and in the best of ways, the Utes are the epitome of dull.

Washington State

Biggest gain: QB Cameron Ward (from Incarnate Word)

Biggest loss: C Brian Greene (to Michigan State)

Comment: Ward not only offsets the loss of de Laura but could well be an upgrade given his familiarity with the offense deployed by new coordinator Eric Morris, who coached Ward last season. The Cougars have experienced significant turnover as measured by the quantity of departures (23). But other than losing Greene, a multi-year starter, the losses should have limited impact. The recent arrival of receiver Zeriah Beason (from Oregon State) adds a quality option to the passing game.

Losers

Arizona State

Biggest gain: DL Nesta Jade Silvera (from Miami)

Biggest loss: QB Jayden Daniels (to LSU)

Comment: Tough to imagine a worse scenario for the Sun Devils, who lost their starting quarterback, top receiver (Ricky Pearsall) and most talented young defender (linebacker Eric Gentry) — and the exodus could continue for a program reeling from a recruiting scandal. Silvera’s presence bolsters what should be a stout defensive front. We considered quarterback Paul Tyson (from Alabama) as the newcomer likely to make the greatest impact, but his lack of experience (16 career attempts) creates uncertainty.

Colorado

Biggest gain: WR R.J. Snead (from Baylor)

Biggest loss: CB Christian Gonzalez (to Oregon)

Comment: With 18 players departing the program since the end of the season, CU is on the short list of FBS teams hit hardest by the portal. The exodus includes most of the Buffaloes’ top performers in the secondary and at the skill positions (receiver Brenden Rice and tailback Jarek Broussard, to name two). The arrival of Snead and running back Ramon Jefferson (from Sam Houston State) will help. But if the portal were a balance sheet, the Buffs would be staring at bankruptcy.

Oregon State

Biggest gain: TB Jamious Griffin (from Georgia Tech)

Biggest loss: WR Champ Flemings (to TBA)

Comment: Griffin is a former four-star recruit and quality addition; he’s also OSU’s only addition at this point. Coach Jonathan Smith had few scholarships available and (not surprisingly) took a selective approach to roster tweaking. That approach naturally places the Beavers at a net-negative in our portal calculation, even though the number of impact departures is low and focused on a single position, receiver, with the loss of Flemings and Zeriah Beason, who’s headed to Washington State.

Stanford

Biggest gain: S Patrick Fields (from Oklahoma)

Biggest loss: TB Nathaniel Peat (to Missouri)

Comment: We feel confident predicting Stanford will never be a transfer portal winner — the admissions standards pose a major challenge for both undergraduate and graduate students. (Fields is the Cardinal’s only newcomer in this cycle.) Peat stands as the most significant departure instead of leading rusher Austin Jones, who left for USC, because of his big-play speed and success as a kick returner. But the combination is a major blow to a running game that struggled even with both players in the lineup.

UCLA

Biggest gains: LBs Grayson and Gabriel Murphy (from North Texas)

Biggest loss: LB Mitchell Agude (to Miami)

Comment: The attrition continues under Chip Kelly, with 18 players entering the portal (most of them on defense). But the Bruins have done well to minimize the losses. We selected the Murphy brothers, who committed to UCLA in early March, because of the two-for-one nature of their arrival and the deep need for edge rushers after Agude’s departure. Two more arrivals to watch: Gary Smith, a 320-pound defensive tackle (from Duke), and Raiqwon O’Neal, a former All-Big Ten offensive lineman (from Rutgers).

Washington

Biggest gain: QB Michael Penix Jr (from Indiana)

Biggest loss: WR Terrell Bynum (to USC)

Comment: Busy times in Seattle as first-year coach Kalen DeBoer attempts to upgrade his depth chart despite significant attrition on both sides of scrimmage. We hesitated to pick Penix as the top newcomer given that he might not win the job, but anyone with the potential to improve UW’s quarterback play is significant. Keep an eye on tailbacks Wayne Taulapapa (from Virginia Tech) and Aaron Dumas (from New Mexico). Defensively, linebacker Cam Bright (from Pittsburgh) is an important addition.