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Undefeated Utah Team Leads 2019 Hall Of Fame Class

Sep 30, 2019, 12:25 PM | Updated: 12:44 pm
Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the University of Utah scrambles for a first down as John Denney #92 ...
Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the University of Utah scrambles for a first down as John Denney #92 of BYU gives chase during the second quarter November 20, 2004 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –  The 2004 Utah Football team is being inducted into the Utah Athletics Hall of Fame along with a gymnast, a skier, a track athlete and some notable teams throughout the school’s history.

The inductees were honored Saturday night during the Utes’ 38-13 win over Washington State.

The class was formally enshrined on Friday evening.

Alex Smith & The Bowl Busters

The 2004 Utes have a special place in the hearts’ of Utah fans. Heisman Trophy candidate Alex Smith led the team to an undefeated season.

That group, coached by Urban Meyer, are known as the original bowl busters with their Fiesta Bowl victory where they beat Pittsburgh with a score of 35-7.

Current defensive coordinator for the Utes, Morgan Scalley, was a defensive back on that team.

Kristina Baskett (Arya Stark)

Baskett was a standout on the sensational Utah Gymnastics team, known adoringly by fans that the Red Rocks. She was a national champion and 12-time all-American.

Add seven national medals and an Academic All-American award to her resume and it becomes more impressive.

Baskett made headlines recently when she was stunt double for Arya Stark in the popular show Game Of Thrones.

Torin Koos: The Olympian

Koos is a three-time all-American cross country skier and a four-time Olympian.

He competed in the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics where he finished in 36th place.

Jeff Simonich: Gold Medalist

Simonich was the WAC cross-country (track and field) champion in 1988. The victory capped off his four-time, all-American career.

He has two WAC gold medals in the 3,000 and 5,000 races.

1981 Gymnastics Team Started A Dynasty

It is safe to say this team was the beginning of the Red Rocks dynasty. Legendary coach Greg Marsden built this team from the ground up.

They won the AIAW National Championship after a 27-2 regular-season record.

This National Title was the first of many for the Red Rocks.

1982 Gymnastics

Back-to-back national championships make a gymnastics program elite. Marsden and his team established the strength of the Red Rocks with this national title.

Marsden earned his second Coach of The Year award after the 1982 season.

 

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