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9-4, 3rd in Pac 12 - South
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4dKyle Bonagura

Three offseason questions: Utah Utes

What will the new offensive coordinator bring, and what does the change mean for QB Troy Williams? Plus, can the Utes finally win the South?

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting comparison from Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler on fifth-round corner Brian Allen - his ability to play multiple positions reminds him of staring safety Sean Davis. Allen, a converted receiver, played corner and safety at Utah. "He's still got a lot to learn," Butler told Steelers.com. "He's a big guy that's not afraid to hit, not afraid to be physical."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The Steelers have signed their first draft pick of 2017: Fifth-round cornerback Brian Allen, who's under a four-year deal with the team. He's the first of eight Pittsburgh draft picks to sign. With rookie minicamp beginning Friday, Allen likely won't be the only Steelers rookie signed by then.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah and Wyoming have announced a home-and-home series to be played in 2020 and 2025. Wyoming will host the first game in Laramie before making the return trip to Salt Lake City.

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22dKyle Bonagura

Post-spring 2017 Pac-12 power rankings

Now that every school is finished with spring practice, here's an updated look at how the Pac-12 power rankings will look in 2017.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah led the Pac-12 with eight selections in the NFL draft, headlined by OT Garrett Bolles, who was the first offensive lineman drafted. Three of his teammates on the line, Isaac Asiata (fifth round), J.J. Dielman (fifth round) and Sam Tevi (sixth round) were also selected. Utah's development is even more impressive considering DE Hunter Dimick, a candidate for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, went undrafted. Plus, DT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, who transferred to USC for his final season, was drafted in the seventh round.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the 49ers total haul from the 2017 NFL draft: 1A. Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford; 1B. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama; 3A. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado; 3B. C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa; 4. Joe Williams, RB, Utah; 5A. George Kittle, TE, Iowa; 5B. Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech; 6A. D.J. Jones, DT, Mississippi; 6B. Pita Taumoepenu, DE, Utah; 7. Adrian Colbert, DB, Miami. The Niners also traded for Denver Broncos RB Kapri Bibbs.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers fifth-round pick, Utah cornerback Brian Allen, is the classic raw athlete flier - 6-foot-3 with 34-inch arms and a 4.48 40, but the former wide receiver has struggled with the transition of tackling and mastering the nuances of the cornerback position. Steelers have a lot of sub-6-foot corners, so taking a chance on a big one this late in the draft won't hurt.

Joe Williams draft highlights (0:57)

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

New 49ers RB Joe Williams shared the heartbreaking story of losing his sister, how that loss caused him to walk away from football and how he now looks to his sister for motivation. He has a tattoo that reads "My Sister's keeper" on his arm and he plans to add a picture of her to that soon. "She was everything," Williams said. "She is everything."

Isaac Asiata draft highlights (0:47)

Marcus Williams is a gifted athlete

The Saints added to the secondary again in the second round, taking the Utah safety to join first-round pick Marshon Lattimore.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints go back to the secondary with Utah safety Marcus Williams at No. 42. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder had 10 interceptions over the past two years. He profiles as a free safety and will jockey for position with fellow safeties Kenny Vaccaro, Vonn Bell and Rafael Bush in New Orleans. It's hard to argue against the Saints adding depth after their pass defense ranked 32nd in the NFL last year – though they still have not addressed their pass rush much this offseason.

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32dChris Low

Hey NFL, don't sleep on these college stars

The NFL draft is upon us, and teams will be looking for under-the-radar players who can surprise at the next level. Here are a few sleepers who could be the next Antonio Brown or Dak Prescott.

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41dAdam Rittenberg

Future defense rankings: Utah

Utah returns talented defensive tackles Lowell Lotulelei and Filipo Mokofisi, but the Utes will have to repace some other key pieces from last season.

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48dDavid Lombardi

Pac-12 defensive triplets: No. 6 Utah

The Utes' reputation as an efficient, hard-hitting rebuilder on the defensive side of the ball is a deserved one.

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49dDavid Lombardi

Race for the South: Utah

Utah must replace several key starters, including finding a new quarterback, in order to again compete for a South Division title.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Utah announced it will conduct a feasibility study into the possibility of expansion at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Primarily, the school will look at expanding the south end zone, which has remained unchanged since the stadium opened in 1998. Additionally, it will consider several other changes, including new locker rooms, additional suites, medical services and more. The idea for expansion at Rice-Eccles isn't new. In July 2015, coach Kyle Whittingham told ESPN.com he had seen mock-ups for renovations to the stadium and, at the time, gave a loose timeframe of three-to-five years before any major project like that could begin.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Ten invitations to Nike's The Opening Finals were extended following Sunday's regional camp in Los Angeles, matching the number of invites that went out at last year's camp. A record five linebackers from one camp were selected, as USC commits Raymond Scott --also the linebacker MVP -- and Palaie Gaoteote were joined by Solomon Tuliaupupu, Merlin Robertson and Jack Lamb. Defensive backs Bryan Addison and Olaijah Griffin, wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Chase Cota and offensive linemen Justin Dedich round out the group. Quarterbacks Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Utah come Jack Tuttle were selected to the Elite 11 Finals.

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