1957 Utah Utes football team

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1957 Utah Utes football
Utah Utes - U logo.svg
MSC Champions
Conference Mountain States Conference
1957 record 6–4 (5–1 MSC)
Head coach Jack Curtice (8th year)
Home stadium Ute Stadium
Seasons
← 1956
1958 →
1957 MSC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Utah $ 5 1 0     6 4 0
BYU 5 1 1     5 3 2
Denver 5 2 0     6 4 0
Wyoming 3 2 2     4 3 3
New Mexico 2 4 0     4 6 0
Colorado State 2 5 0     3 7 0
Montana 2 5 0     2 7 0
Utah State 1 5 1     2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1957 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah during the 1957 college football season. Home games were played on campus in Salt Lake City at Ute Stadium.

Led by eighth-year head coach Jack Curtice, who believed in a wide-open offense,[1] the Utes were 6–4 overall and were champions of the Mountain States Conference (Skyline), with a 5–1 record. They were led on the field by transfer quarterback Lee Grosscup, who finished tenth in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy as a junior and was a second-team AP and UPI All-American.

A notable player was sophomore safety (& halfback) Larry Wilson, a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After the season, Curtice left for Stanford University in the Pacific Coast Conference and was succeeded by Ray Nagel, the backfield coach at UCLA.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 21 Montana Ute StadiumSalt Lake City, Utah W 32–13  
September 28 at Colorado* Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado (rivalry) L 24–30  
October 5 vs. Idaho* old Bronco StadiumBoise, Idaho [2] L  6–21  
October 12 BYU Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (The Holy War) W 27–0  
October 19 at Denver DU StadiumDenver, Colorado L  7–12  
October 26 Wyoming Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 23–15  
November 3 Colorado Statedagger Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 55–0  
November 9 at No. 8 Army* Michie StadiumWest Point, New York L 33–39  
November 16 Air Force* Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah W 34–0  
November 28 Utah State Ute Stadium • Salt Lake City, Utah (Battle of the Brothers) W 21–6  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Source:[3][4]

After the season[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Utah had three players selected in the 1958 NFL Draft.[5]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Merrill Douglas Fullback 6 65 Chicago Bears
Everett Jones Guard 21 247 Pittsburgh Steelers
Larry Fields Back 23 275 San Francisco 49ers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maule, Tex (October 28, 1957). "Cactus Jack and his Kokomos". Sports Illustrated. p. 36. 
  2. ^ Boni, Bill (October 6, 1957). "Idaho tops Utah Redskins, 21-6". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports. 
  3. ^ "Ute Record Book" (PDF). University of Utah. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  4. ^ "Coaching Records Game by Game Jack C. Curtice 1957". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  5. ^ "1958 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09.