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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Real Salt Lake signs midfielder Viana - Chicago Tribune

Sandy, UT â€"

Real Salt Lake has signed midfielder David Viana on a free transfer, it announced Tuesday.

Viana, 20, joined Real Salt Lake on trial last week and signed a deal ahead of the roster freeze deadline on Friday. He has played for Portugal at various youth levels, and was last with the reserve side of Atletico Madrid.

"I'm very excited to join Real Salt Lake," he said. "It's a great opportunity and I feel really good about getting to work with these coaches and players."

Viana will be added to the roster pending the receipt of his work visa and his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

"We're excited to add a talented young player like David to the team," said RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey. "We believe he'll be a valuable addition to our roster long-term and think he can give us another attacking option."

Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Real Salt Lake: Last-gasp penalty kick lifts RSL to vital CONCACAF victory - Deseret News

U.S. Real Salt Lake Fabian Espindola, left, and Panama's Tauro FC Marcos Sanchez fight for the ball during a CONCACAF Champions League soccer match in Panama City, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

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For 90 minutes, Tauro FC keeper Vladimir Villareal turned away everything Real Salt Lake fired at him. All of that was wiped away with one clumsy challenge in stoppage time on Tuesday night.

Alvaro Saborio converted a 92nd-minute penalty kick after Villareal tripped him up in the box as RSL escaped with a 1-0 victory on a hot, humid night in Panama in CONCACAF Champions League group play.

"All in all, our quality wasn't good enough tonight, so I think we have to find ourselves very fortunate for Saborio at the end of the game that gets a penalty kick call," said RSL coach Jason Kreis.

Villareal got both hands on Saborio's penalty, but it still found the back of the net as Saborio improved to 12-for-12 all-time in PKs in an RSL uniform.

A tie would've been disastrous to RSL's chances of winning the three-team group and advancing to next February's CCL quarterfinals. Thanks to Saborio's dramatic penalty kick, though, the group's top spot will be up for grabs when RSL hosts Costa Rican club Herediano on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

A two-goal victory over Herediano would be enough to push Real Salt Lake onto the next round.

The win was RSL's first away from Rio Tinto Stadium since a 3-0 win at Chivas USA back on June 16.

"It feels good to go on the road and get a result," said RSL keeper Nick Rimando.

After a 2-0 victory at home against Tauro FC last month, Real Salt Lake was confident it could get a similar result in Panama â€" especially after traveling to Central America on Saturday to acclimate to the humid conditions.

Despite playing without suspended midfielder Kyle Beckerman, RSL enjoyed the better of the play throughout the match. Its quality in the final third, which has been a major problem the past two months, was again a struggle.

Despite a 57-43 edge in possession and 16 total shots, RSL failed to capitalize on the opportunities, as it took a penalty kick in stoppage time to keep its CCL hopes alive.

"For me, all night we're not finding the right numbers to get involved in the attacks, and that typically means we're not going to have very many successful ones," said Kreis.

"We got to figure out a way to get more numbers involved in our attack if we want to be effective in the attacking half of the field."

Utah Utes football: Utes return to the scene of their Fiesta Bowl triumph - Deseret News

Utah's Morgan Scalley (25), Sione Pouha and Alex Smith (11) celebrate their 2005 Fiesta Bowl win in Tempe, Ariz.

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SALT LAKE CITY â€" Utah returns Saturday to the scene of one its greatest football triumphs â€" Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium.

Nearly eight years have passed since the Utes have played at the venue. On Jan. 1, 2005, Utah blasted Pittsburgh 35-7 in the Fiesta Bowl to cap a 12-0 season as the original BCS Busters.

"That was a great night," recalled Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.

Safeties coach Morgan Scalley, who was a team captain on that squad, also has fond memories of that game in Tempe, Ariz.

"It was awesome. Our crowd showed up," Scalley said. "Our fans were crazy. It was neat. It really was."

While a majority of the 73,519 fans at that game supported the Utes, things will be much different this time around. This is ASU's home field, after all, and the Sun Devils (2-1) are off to a good start under new head coach Todd Graham.

Despite ASU's close loss at Missouri last week, Scalley is expecting the crowd to be excited and ready to go for the Pac-12 opener.

"Their fans are going to be going crazy. They've got a great student section there," Scalley said. "Obviously it was more of a home game when I played (at the stadium) as opposed to a road game because of all the fans that showed up."

Even so, Scalley acknowledged it'll still "be neat to be back there on that field" at what he considers a great facility.

And the team that calls the place home, he added, is very skilled. ASU defeated the Utes 35-14 last season at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

A coaching change has altered the familiar faces on the opposing sideline. The newcomers, however, include Graham, offensive coordinator Mike Norvell and defensive coordinator Paul Randolph, who worked at Pittsburgh last season when the Utes defeated the Panthers 26-14 at Heinz Field.

In addition to their familiarity with the Sun Devils' roster after playing them last year, Scalley noted that the Utah coaching staff also knows several of the ASU players well from the recruiting process â€" tailback Cameron Marshall, left guard Jamil Douglas and right guard Andrew Sampson, plus backup quarterback Michael Eubank.

"So we're very familiar with their personnel," Scalley said. "So it kind of adds something to the game a little bit."

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Real Salt Lake vs. Tauro FC - Champions League Match Thread - RSL Soapbox

RSLvTauro II

Real Salt Lake will be in Panama tonight taking on Tauro FC in Champions League action, it is a must win match for RSL if they desire to keep their chances at winning Group 2 alive.

The team will be without captain Kyle Beckerman due to red card suspension, as well as without Yordany Alvarez who had travel issues (remember he defected from Cuba, which can cause all kinds of issues). So here is the RSL starting Xi:

Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert, Ned Grabavoy, Jonny Steele, Javier Morales, Will Johnson, Alvaro Saborio, and Fabian Espindola.

The bench for RSL is: Kyle Reynish, Chris Schuler, Kenny Mansally, Sebastian Velasquez, Luis Gil, Emiliano Bonfigli, and Paulo Jr.

The match will kick off at 6:00pm MT and is broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel, you will be able to catch my thoughts and highlights of the match here in this match thread. Feel free to add your comments and thoughts as well.

If you haven't checked out my Match Preview yet, there is still time.

after the jump you will find my in match updates:

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0-15 minutes

Well they are expecting about 1,000 people (but fewer have showed up so far) at the match tonight in Panama, and according to @espn700bill who is on the ground in Panama it is very hot and muggy with a strong chance of rain tonight. Well the teams are taking the pitch and a bit of a surprise as Javier Morales is wearing the armband tonight. Tauro FC is making some changes tonight, 5 according to Dunny who is on the call tonight on Fox Soccer.

Match On, I am hoping we will see RSL come out and put a ton of pressure on Tauro early, we need the win and while in CCL action we often give up the first goal, RSL is a much better team with the lead so an early goal would be very good.

Early on RSL is dominating the possession but as we saw in the first leg against Tauro that possession is nice but we will have to finish our chances, RSL had 19 shots in the first match with Tauro (who had 2). Tauro is finally getting some possession in the RSL half of the pitch but it is broke up by RSL and a long ball for Fabi is just a bit too long and goes to the keeper.

Some pressure from Tauro, but they are unable to get a shot off and Sabo plays a nice ball to Fabi but the Tauro defense is there and it eventually goes out for a RSL throw in. I am hoping that our wide play will be as solid as it was in the first match with Tauro, I thought it was a real advantage for RSL. Beltran gets the ball deep in the Tauro area and plays it back across the goal, but Will Johnson is unable to get it on goal and it eventually goes back to Tauro.

I love Dunny, "Tauro FC is a team that goes down very easily", well a solid tackle in the RSL area as a Tauro attack is broken up and no call from the official, in fact not sure I have heard a single whistle yet in the match. RSL is back on the attack and with numbers going forward, a great ball in for Saborio but nothing comes of it. It looks like Taruo is playing very similar to how they did at Rio Tinto last month, more defending and looking to counter when they can. A lot of pressure from them in the midfield, but so far it is clearly RSL with the edge in possession and chances, but 15 minutes in it is 0-0.

15-30 minutes

Tauro puts a bunch of bodies in the area any time RSL gets close. RSL still holding an edge in possession but Tauro isn't afraid to pressure the ball in the midfield and are doing a decent job defending with numbers when we move forward with the ball.

RSL again moves forward with the ball but out for a goal kick, another good attacking effort by RSL but the cross again goes a bit long and out for another goal kick. Remember how many chances RSL created in their first match with Tauro, we have to finish these off and get some goals, still think we need to win by at least 2 tonight. A great ball back into the area by Fabi and Sabo's header just goes wide, but that is the type of thing we need to see.

To all of you following along, remember to add your thoughts and comments to the post. Updates about every 10 minutes or when something important happens.

RSL is doing what they need to do, but Tauro is playing more aggressively than they did last month, but unless we can finish one of these chances we are still stuck at 0-0. A good chance but an easy save by the Tauro keeper and then they quickly counter and take a bit of a shot that goes high and wide, out for a RSL goal kick. RSL looking to try and spread Tauro out a bit as the midfield is simply clogged up with bodies, and Tauro make a run into the RSL final third but quickly RSL get the ball back and they are back on the attack until a foul is called against RSL, I think that might be the first foul of the match and we are 27 minutes into the action. Tauro tries to attack but the offside flag goes up. This match is very disorganized so far as neither team is really found a rhythm yet, RSL is still holding the edge in possession and attacking efforts.

30 minutes - halftime

We are still at 0-0, so far the lack of calls either way has really been impressive as it is letting both teams play but still neither side has really pushed the issue with the officials. Another long ball by RSL goes too long and back over to Tauro, who quickly lose it in the midfield.

When Tauro get the ball they are fairly direct in getting their attack going, it appears they are willing to give up possession in order to be able to quickly try to get something going when they get the ball. The RSL defense has been up to the task, but it is keeping our defenders from being able to get forward as much as I think they would like to. A good cross into the danger area by Tauro but Nick gets to it and quickly gets RSL going towards the Tauro half of the pitch but Tauro is applying a lot more pressure as the half progresses.

A good chance for Sabo but it goes right to the keeper and Tauro are now moving forward with some numbers as they look to create some offense for themselves. RSL back on the attack, but Tauro is really stepping up the amount of pressure they are putting on the ball, especially when we get into their half of the pitch. With just 5 minutes left in the first half, I think RSL need to really push hard and try to create a couple more chances before the half is over, and the reality is a draw won't do us any good. Fabi gets clipped from behind, and goes down from the foul and a late yellow card is issued to Tauro FC but the free kick goes back over to Tauro.

A good attack by Tauro and Nick Rimando is forced to make a big save, and for the first time Tauro FC have finally strung together some possession and in the last few minutes have looked more dangerous, I don't expect any stoppage time, or a minute at most.

That is the halftime whistle, with the score a 0-0 but both sides have had a few chances, RSL started strong but Tauro finished the half a lot stronger than they started it. Back in a few minutes with the second half

45- 60 minutes

The second half gets underway as RSL applies some quick pressure, going to have to put it all on the line here, a draw is not going to cut it, got to be a win. A good chance by RSL, and as if there isn't enough drama on the pitch in this match, just crossing twitter and some wire services, AEG is looking to sell some assets including the LA Galaxy.

Well so far the second half looks a lot like the start of the first half as RSL is keeping more possession but Tauro is applying some good pressure. Tauro gets forward but their attempt goes long and out for a goal kick, RSL get the ball into the final third again but each time the ball is cleared out by the Tauro defense.

A good long ball by Tauro, but RSL is able to put it out for a throw in, a bad cross goes back over to RSL who quickly get it over the midfield stripe and now RSL is again trying to keep some possession and get Tauro to come out a bit, a turnover and a shot from Tauro goes wide and out for a RSL goal kick.

A free kick for RSL just inside the Tauro FC half of the pitch and it goes out for a RSL corner kick, could a set piece goal be in order? A good ball into the area, but the header goes just wide of goal, Will Johnson took the corner kick. Tauro FC make the first change of the match, A yellow card for Tauro for not getting out of the way of a RSL free kick, in fact he didn't not move he kicked at the ball, now Javi resets with some bodies forward.

We are 2/3 of the way done with the match and it is still 0-0.

60-75 minutes

It looks like Luis Gil will be the first sub for RSL, coming on for Jonny Steele. It will be interesting to see if he can bring more offense energy to a RSL side that looks more aggressive in this half. A throw in for Tauro deep in the RSL final third. Oh my a good run, but Sabo's ball is just behind Johnson and it goes back over to Tauro, that was a good looking attack. Long ball but Espindola can't get to it, but RSL keep the ball for a minute and then turn it over. A good ball into the area by Taruo but Olave clears it but Tauro keeps the ball and are looking more dangerous than they have all match, until they turn the ball over but they win it right back, and then RSL gets it. Sabo takes a shot but kicks a Tauro player and gets a yellow card, that means no Sabo for the final CCL group match.

That was the best scoring chance by either side as Gil's shot was saved and Sabo almost got on the rebound, but we are still at 0-0.

Utah Utes Playing in the NFL in 2012 - Yahoo! Sports

One reason why the Utah Utes have experienced so much success on the football field in recent seasons is because the program has churned out quite a bit of NFL-level talent. Many former Utah players dot the 53-man rosters of NFL teams to begin the 2012 season.

Here is a list of former Utah Utes players who are currently carving out NFL careers:

Top Three Utes in the NFL:

1. Eric Weddle, S, San Diego Chargers: Weddle emerged as one of the top defensive players in the NFL a year ago. He was the league's co-leader in interceptions with a career-high seven picks. Weddle also registered 88 tackles. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl and was an All-Pro selection for a second consecutive season. Weddle has grown into a defensive leader for the Chargers since being drafted by San Diego in 2007.

2. Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers: The veteran receiver came back strong in 2011 with his first 1,000-yard season since 2008. Smith gained 1,394 yards and scored seven touchdowns on 79 receptions. He has more than 10,000 career receiving yards with the Panthers since they drafted him out of Utah in 2001. Smith is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a three time All-Pro selection. He led the NFL in catches, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns in 2005.

3. Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Smith finally enjoyed his best season a year ago since being drafted No. 1 overall by the 49ers in 2005. He has flourished under head coach Jim Harbaugh, starting in all 16 regular-season games in 2011 for only the second time in his career. Smith threw for 3,144 yards and 17 touchdowns while completing 61.3 percent of his passes. He finished the season with a career-best 90.7 quarterback rating. It was his first season with more than 3,000 yards passing in his NFL career.

Other Utes in the NFL:

Matt Asiata, FB, Minnesota Vikings

Zane Beadles, OG, Denver Broncos

Tony Bergstrom,OT, Oakland Raiders

Brandon Burton, CB, Minnesota Vikings

Jordan Gross, OT, Carolina Panthers

Robert Johnson, S, Tennessee Titans

Maake Kemoeatu, DT, Baltimore Ravens

Paul Kruger, LB, Baltimore Ravens

Brice McCain, CB, Houston Texans

Koa Misi, LB, Miami Dolphins

Sione Pouha, DT, New York Jets

David Reed, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Caleb Schlauderaff, OG, New York Jets

Derrick Shelby, DE, Miami Dolphins

Sealver Siliga, NT, Denver Broncos

Sean Smith, CB, Miami Dolphins

Paul Soliai, DT, Miami Dolphins

R.J. Stanford, CB, Miami Dolphins

Stevenson Sylvester, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

John Coon is a graduate of the University of Utah and has covered their sports teams multiple times as a reporter in Salt Lake City.

BYU Cougars at Boise State Broncos: College Football Betting - Maddux Sports (blog)

Brigham Young Cougars at Boise State Broncos
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 9:00 pm Eastern, TV: ESPN
Bronco Stadium â€" Boise, Idaho
Opening Line: Boise St -6 1/2
Current Line: Boise St -7 1/2
Opening Total: 51
Current Total: 49
Opening Money Line: Boise St -280 / BYU +240
Current Money Line: Boise St -290 / BYU +245

Boise St and BYU meet for the third time ever Thursday night on the blue turf in Boise. The Broncos are 7 1/2 point favorites.

Despite being less than 400 miles away from each other, the BYU Cougars and #24 Boise St Broncos are meeting for only the third time Thursday night. The Broncos  swept a home and home against the Cougars in 2003 and 2004. The two schools were slated to be in the same conference last year, as Boise St moved from the WAC to the Mountain west. However, BYU left the Mountain West before last season to become an independent. Boise St will leave the MWC for the Big East next season.

BYU is 2-1 this season under coach Bronco Mendenhall. The Cougars opened the season with home routs over Washington St 30-6 and Weber St 45-13. BYU climbed into the rankings at #25, and traveled to rival Utah last week. The Cougars lost a heartbreaker to the Utes 24-21. For the season BYU is  423.3 yards per game, including 272 passing yards and 151.3 rushing yards. On defense, the Cougars are allowing 241 yards per game, including 188 passing yards and 53 rushing yards per game. BYU is in the top ten nationally in both total and rushing defense. The Cougars are outscoring opponents 32-14.3 so far this season. BYU is 1-2 ATS and the total is 1-1 this season.

BYU was a -3.5 point favorite on the road at arch-rival Utah last week, and the total was 44.5. The two teams exchanged touchdowns in the first half to make it 7-7 at the half. Utah scored 17 points in the third quarter, including a 47 yard fumble return for a touchdown, and a 39 yard TD pass, to make it 24-7. BYU pulled to within 24-21 with 3:39 left in the fourth.

What followed was one of the wildest finishes in college football in recent memory. BYU kicked deep instead of trying the onside kick. The Cougars forced a punt with 1:11 left. BYU got it all the way to the Utah 34, but the clock expired. Utah fans rushed the field, but replays showed there was one second left on the clock. The Cougars attempted the game tying 51 yard field goal but it was blocked. The Utah fans rushed the field again, but the referees said they got on the field too soon while the play was still alive, and Utah was given a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. BYU got another shot from 36 yards. However, the kick bounced off the right upright, and Utah fans were finally able to rush the field for real this time.

BYU had 312 total yards including 206 passing yards from quarterback Riley Nelson. Nelson completed 17 of 35 passes with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Nelson was unable to recover the fumble after a bad snap that was returned 47 yards by Utah for a touchdown. Nelson had 14 carries for 34 yards. Receiver Cody Hoffman had 8 catches, 120 yards, and a touchdown. Kaneakua Friel had 5 catches for 54 yards with a touchdown. BYU held Utah to 245 yards including just 49 rushing yards. The Cougars had the only two turnovers of the game. BYU had 12 penalties for 75 yards, and Utah had 10 for 112 yards.

Through three games, Nelson is 60/100 passing for 735 yards with 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, along with 29 carries for 71 yards. Back-ups James Lark and and Taysom Hill have each thrown a touchdown pass this season. Hill also has two rushing touchdowns and Lark has one. Running back Michael Alisa has 39 carries, 163 yards, and a touchdown, along with 5 catches for 25 yards. Jamaal Williams has 17 carries, 77 yards and a  touchdown. Hoffman has 18 catches, 281 yards and 2 touchdowns. Friel has 15 catches for 195 yards and 4 touchdowns. No other Cougar receiver has more than 7 catches this season.

Boise St is coached by Chris Petersen. The Broncos are 1-1 with a 17-13 loss at Michigan St, and a 39-12 win at home against Miami-Ohio. Boise St is averaging 402.5 yards per game on offense, including 236.5 passing yards and 166 rushing yards. On defense, the Broncos are allowing 344 total yards per game, including 213 passing yards and 131 rushing yards. Boise is outscoring opponents 26-14.5 this season. Boise St is 2-0 ATS and both games have gone under the total.

Boise St was a 21 point favorite last week at home against Miami-Ohio, and the total was 53.5. Boise St scored a first quarter touchdown and successfully went for two. Miami scored the next 9 points, and tried for two as well, but failed. The Broncos scored 28 straight points to take control of the game 36-9. The Broncos ended up winning 39-12 to cover the 21 point spread.

Boise St had 599 total yards including 304 passing yards from quarterback Joe Southwick, who completed 24 of 31 passes for 304 yards, with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Running back D.J. Harper had 16 carries, 162 yards and 3 touchdowns, and a 21 yard touchdown catch. The Redhawks had 227 total yards, including 49 rushing yards, and 9 first downs. Boise St had the only two turnovers of the game.

Through two games, Southwick has completed 39 of 62 passes (62.9%) for 478 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Harper has 31 carries, for 170 yards with 3 touchdowns, along with 3 catches for 28 yards with a touchdown. No Bronco receiver has  more than 9 catches or 130 yards receiving, but six have at least 3 catches. Matt Miller, Kirby Moore, and Mitch Burroughs are the best receivers.

BYU is 5-0 ATS against Mountain West teams, 15-3 after allowing less than 100 rushing yards, 4-1 in road games, and on fieldturf, 8-2 overall, 7-2 in non-conference games, 9-3 after allowing less than 275 yards, 5-2 in Thursday games, and after failing to cover, and 2-8 in September.

Boise St is 4-0 ATS in Thursday games, and in non-conference games, 10-2 in September, 5-2 after rushing for 200 yards, 41-18-1 against teams with winning records, 43-19-2 after gaining more than 450 total yards, 21-10-1 after a cover, 2-5 on fieldturf, 2-6 at home, and 1-5 after a straight up win.

Since 2001, Boise St has only lost one game at home in the regular season, and that was last year by one point to TCU. The Broncos have lost in bowl games in Boise in that time frame. BYU has a really good defense, and Boise St struggled against Michigan St to open the season. The Spartans also have a top 10 defense, just like the Cougars. I think Boise wins, but BYU keeps it close.

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The Top 10 Utah Utes in NFL History - Yahoo! Sports

The Utah Utes don't have a long tradition of Pro Football Hall of Famers like Pac-12 rivals USC and Washington.

However, here's a look at 10 of the best all-time Utes in the NFL:

Alex Smith, QB, - San Francisco, 2005-current: Smith is the only overall No. 1 pick in Ute football history. He appears to be coming into his own after six dismal years of high expectations. The 2012 season could be his breakout year after a respectable 2011.

Bob Trumpy, TE - Bengals, 1968-1977: In 128 games with the Bengals, Trumpy gained 4,600 yards on 298 receptions. The four-time Pro Bowler scored 35 touchdowns in a period that defined a good tight end.

Larry Wilson, FS - St. Louis Cardinals, 1960-1972: The Hall of Fame free safety made the term "safety blitz" famous, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Wilson played in eight Pro Bowls in a career that saw him intercept 52 passes, leading the league in that category in 1966.

Manny Fernandez, DL - Miami Dolphins, 1968-1975: Named to the Pro Football Weekly and USA Today "All-Time Super Bowl Team" for his three sacks and 28 tackles in three Super Bowls.

Steve Smith, WR- Carolina Panthers, 2001-current: Last year, Smith was fifth among NFL wide receivers in yards gained. So long as he remains Cam Newton's primary target, he could stack up big numbers.

Roy Jefferson, WR - Washington, Pittsburgh, Baltimore Colts, 1965-1976: In his 12-year career, Jefferson caught 451 passes for 7,539 yards and scored 53 touchdowns. He played in three Pro Bowl games and the led the league in receiving yards (1,074) in 1968 with the Steelers.

Luther Elliss, DT - Detroit and Denver, 1995-2004: A first-round pick (20th overall) in his 10-year career, Elliss is credited with 29 sacks, 213 tackles, and 118 assists.

Jamal Anderson, RB, - Atlanta, 1994-2001: A torn ACL shortened a stellar career, including four 1,000-yard rushing seasons. In his 1998 all-pro season, he rushed for 1,846 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Scott Mitchell, QB - Miami, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, 1991-2001: Mitchell started 57 games with Barry Sanders in the backfield from 1994 to 1998. Sanders rushed for 7,000 yards while Mitchell's QB rating stood at 79.2.

Mike Anderson, RB - Denver, Baltimore, 2000-2007: Injuries plagued a promising career for the 2000 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Anderson rushed for 1,487 yards and five yards per carry to earn the award.

Anthony Mercado is a U of U graduate and doesn't understand how the University of Miami can call itself the "U." There's only one "U" and it's in Salt Lake City.