Utah Football Tops List Of Consecutive Seasons With A Pick Six
SALT LAKE CITY– Pick Six Previews put out a Tweet Thursday afternoon listing the college football programs with the most consecutive seasons with at least one pick six. Utah topped the list with 18 straight seasons with at least one pick six. That means the Utes have had someone on their defense snag the ball and take it to the house in at least one game since their historic BCS Busting season in 2004. Impressive.
Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Utah came thisclose to ending their streak of consecutive seasons with a pick six in 2020. In a shortened five-game season for the Pac-12 due to Covid-19, there weren’t a ton of opportunities to take the ball away on defense. Add in trying to pretty much replace an entire defensive unit that had just been Drafted and the task became even harder for Utah. Enter freshman (at the time) cornerback Clark Phillips III.
In the Utes last game of the season against Washington State with barely any time left on the clock, Phillips III got his hands on a Jayden de Laura pass and took it to the house in the south endzone at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Streak saved.
The Utes faired much better in the interception department in 2021 with three. Senior linebacker Devin Lloyd accounted for two pick sixes last season. One against Stanford and the other in the Pac-12 Championship Game against Oregon. Phillips III was also in on the action for Utah, ironically in the same game he saved the streak in the year before.
Take It To Da House
Utah has a rich history of ball hawks with a need to score. Obviously, recently Phillips III and Lloyd have been big players recently, but to have a streak dating back to 2004 there are some names on that list. Guys like Francis Bernard, Julian Blackmon, Deshawn Richard, and Eric Weddle have contributed some memorable snag and scores for the Utes through 18 seasons.
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