Saturday, December 21, 2013

Utah Football 2013

Once again this year, my parents and I had season tickets to the University of Utah's football games.  Perhaps not the most successful season ever, but it's always fun to go enjoy some football.  Ben got a job working with the athletics department this year, so he was always there filming the games from the south endzone, and Natalie came to a few games this year, too, so there was a lot of good family time spent there.

With my new camera that I bought last winter, I was able to zoom in a lot more and get some better pictures this year, so I thought I'd share some here.

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Pinstripe look for the first game of the year

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Ben hard at work

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Grantsville High alumni Craig Harrison got in for the Aggies for a snap when Chuckie Keeton had to sit out a play

The start of another game

Travis Wilson had a few great games to start the season. Too bad about his health issues that may prevent him from playing ever again.

Freshman kicker Andy Phillips was a fun surprise

Wilson evading a tackler. Granted this was Weber St, but still.

As season ticket holders, we were invited to come take a self-guided tour of the new football facility that was completed this summer.  Pretty fancy digs. I think my favorite part was all the trophies from past bowl games and other championships.

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Mom and I with the Fiesta Bowl trophy

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Some of the oldest trophies there

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In the press conference room

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Part of the Ute-themed weight room

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Sugar Bowl trophy

More pictures from the tour here.

Back to the football games...

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Great catch by Sean Fitzgerald in the UCLA game

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Red White and Blackout

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Dres Anderson TD against Stanford

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Bubba Poole had a great game against the Cardinal

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Celebrating the upset over Stanford (eventual Pac-12 champions)

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Before each game the players do what's called the Utah Mili

It looks like this:

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O-line sporting the "Salute to America" helmets from the Arizona St. game

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Trevor Reilly had a great season on defense

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Wilson running for a first down in what would end up being his last game of the year.

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I love when the band does stuff like this, wish they did more

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The Muss getting in on the Crazy Lady dance

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Mike Honeycutt flying in for a tackle

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The loss to Arizona St was a tough one, but the sky as we were leaving was beautiful

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Nice catch by Dres against Colorado

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Jacoby Hale forcing a fumble

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Adam Schulz gave a man's effort staying in the game despite some pretty ugly hits, thereby preserving redshirt years for our quarterbacks of the future

More pictures from this season here.

So we didn't win 'em all this year, or even most of 'em, or half of 'em. But it was still fun to go watch the games and to spend time with friends and family. I suspect we'll be back again next year. :) Go Utes!

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