Woolnough Named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America

AUSTIN, Texas – Utah cross country and track & field standout Cara Woolnough continues to cement her legacy on The Hill and named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America on Tuesday by the national organization.
Woolnough, who recently graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in biomedical engineering, becomes the fifth Woman of Utah to earn this distinction and just the second time someone from the cross country and track & field team has earned first-team honors. She is also the only Utah student-athlete to earn First Team Academic All-America honors this academic year.

2003       Brooke LoBue (3rd)
2008       Lauren Enderson (3rd)
2009       Lauren Enderson (1st)
2014       Rosalie Waller (3rd)
2022       Cara Woolnough (1st)

utahutes.com article


74 Days to Kickoff

#74 Ridge Harrell, Freshman OL, 6-4, 300

Ridge appears to be a walk-on from Skyridge HS in Lehi, but also had played at Lone Peak HS in American Fork, UT.  He was on the Southern Utah football roster last season but did not play.   He also played basketball in HS.  He has a good frame for OL, so Coach Harding seems willing to sculpt these raw erstwhile cagers into U OBLOCK stars.

Maybe someone can fill in his story a bit more, HS highlights I found were from 2017-18…

.#74 Ridge Harrell



I just found my new catch phrase

Carne Diem!


Seize the BBQ!

  • PlainsUte

    Actually that’d be Carpe Carne

  • prestitute

    Carne Diem is the catch phrase of Dario Cecchini (a famous butcher and restrauteur in Tuscany, Italy). It would be translated more like Meat Day.

  • UTE98

    Carpe Babage! That was my friend’s catchphrase in high school. Seemed to work for him then. Sadly doubt it does any more. He’s gone downhill in more ways than one.

  • ProudUte

    In years gone by

    USC was known as tailback U and Penn State as linebacker U, etc.

    So if Utah is to be known as great at finding and developing great players at a specific position what would it be?

    It’s certainly not WR or QB even though we have had a couple of good ones and I like our current QB.

    Up until a few years ago, it would have been kicker and punter, but not so much lately.

    We are becoming stacked at LB, but I don’t think we have placed enough of them in the NFL to qualify as a great developer of LBs.

    Dline and CB have been very good at times and we have placed some very good Olinemen.

    But – my choice would be Safety U.  We have placed some excellent safeties in the NFL from Weddle on.  I think we have at least one guy on the current roster (Bishop) who will be an NFL guy.  We have a couple of more who also may be.

  • Ute Dub

    We’re 2 and 3 star guy to the NFL U!

    Weddle, Smith, Lloyd, Tim Patrick, Leki Fotu, Julian Blackmon, Huntley, Penisini, Moss, Robert Johnson, Matt Gay, Mitch Wish., Marcus Williams, etc.

  • Johnny

    **Big money U. I grew up in Los Angeles, yet lived half of my time going to college back east. Most of the population lives back east. However, since the 70s, it’s been a huge shift. Mainly because the population has almost doubled since 35 years ago.

    Yes, it’s insane, but don’t move to Utah, because it ain’t the same.

  • College football’s top 25 Future Power Rankings

    The 2022 season is within sight, which means it’s time to put a bow on the annual crystal-balling exercise known as Future Power Rankings. The team list is here.

    The team rankings examine the programs on a macro level for the 2022, 2023 and 2024 seasons. Factors such as coaching changes and stability, and recent on-field/recruiting trajectory, hold more value in this list. The increased importance of the transfer portal and even name, image and likeness can’t be discounted when doing a projection such as this one.

    At its core, FPR remains personnel-based, and assesses how current and future players will impact performance for their teams. Recruiting in the past few seasons or projected success in 2023 carries some weight. But some programs consistently outperform their recruiting rankings and deserve to be recognized appropriately in the team list.

    14. Utah Utes

    2022 Future QB ranking: 14
    2022 Future offense ranking: 23
    2022 Future defense ranking: 12
    2021 Future team ranking: 25

    Scouting the Utes: I surely will take some heat for slotting Utah behind an Oregon team it spanked twice last season to win the Pac-12. The Utes surely would rank ahead of the Ducks (and USC) in a one-year projection. The key for coach Kyle Whittingham’s program is to keep building on offense, a unit that surged late last season. Quarterback Cam Rising and running back Tavion Thomas both return with junior eligibility. Utah’s post-Rising outlook is promising after signing top-100 national prospect Nate Johnson in the 2022 class. The team also has some insurance behind Thomas in sophomore Micah Bernard, who averaged 6 yards per carry in limited action last fall. Utah’s line must overcome some attrition but projects fairly well, as All-Pac-12 performers Braeden Daniels and Sataoa Laumea return at tackle and guard, respectively. Jim Harding is one of the nation’s best line coaches and should produce a solid group in 2023 and 2024. Utah gets star tight end Brant Kuithe and fellow senior Dalton Kincaid for one more year, but must find more at wide receiver. Sophomore Devaughn Vele, who averaged 16.9 yards per catch in 2021, is a building block, but the Utes need others.

    Utah’s defense is consistently solid and occasionally elite, and should maintain its trajectory through 2024. The unit loses All-American linebacker Devin Lloyd, top pass-rusher Mika Tafua and solid contributors such as linebacker Nephi Sewell, but also returns plenty of notables. Cornerback Clark Phillips III could contend for national honors this fall and has three years of eligibility remaining. Phillips and safety Cole Bishop, who had nine tackles for loss and five pass breakups in 2021, will lead a secondary also featuring junior cornerback JaTravis Broughton, who returns from injury, and sophomore cornerback Faybian Marks. Utah will need transfers Mohamoud Diabate (Florida) and Gabe Reid (Stanford), as well as returnees such as Karene Reid, to stabilize a linebacker position that loses a lot from last year’s team. Defensive line should remain a strength, as Van Fillinger and Junior Tafuna are set to lead the next few seasons. Other players such as sophomore tackle Aliki Vimahi are also on the rise. Utah’s recruiting is on the uptick with prospects such as ESPN 300 linebacker Lander Barton.

    espn.com article

  • ProudUte

    Seems about right to me.

  • Trailgoat

    About right for Utah football. Exciting season ahead with all the returning players and promising new players. Will be interesting to see what impact NIL money bag schools will have on the transfer portal for Utah after this season.

    Interesting how some Utah position groups are seeing a recruiting bump more the others at Utah. LB, QB, RB, Dline, and Safety have seen increased recruiting success over the past couple years as a result of Utah’s sucess. Defense at Utah is always going to be solid as long as Scalley is there. WR and CB are positions of concern. CB especially is a head scratcher to me considering all the players Utah has put in the NFL. 

    What is up with Shah? Not blaming him as I am a huge fan. His assigned position groups are struggling. Other then Clark Phillips, CB recruiting has dropped way off considering this has been a prominent position group for Utah football for many years. STs were awful last year other than kick/punt returns having more to do with Covey’s talent. Utah was ranked 123 out of 130 D1 programs for blocked punts allowed last season and that does not include the one of the two punts blocked against OSU called back for a penalty. KO return coverage ranked 107 giving up an average of 24 yards per return. Touch backs per kick were also not good especially for a home field at +4K altitude. Covey pretty much covered up for STs as a whole. Hopefully it all gets fixed.

    • younglurch
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      Excellent point about Shah. I used to be firmly in his camp, particularly after we flipped CPIII from Ohio St but there has been a drop off as of late. You have to wonder if his wife’s reality TV antics and run in with the feds has anything to do with it. 

    • D T

      CPIII/Broughton are solid All PAC-12 performers.

      But behind them both is where the question mark comes into play…..Marks/Vaughn & who else? Hopefully this position group doesn’t get hit hard by injury again.

      But I have faith in Coach Shah to work it out & they’re facing an elite O in practice every day that I believe will utilize the deep ball more this year & do so effectively.