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Several college athletes who are also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have stepped away from the field, exchanging their football equipment for missionary suits and ties. This is a list of 119 college football players in the Football Bowl Subdivision who have served LDS missions and returned to be on rosters this season. If you know of a college football player we have missed, please email us at mormontimes@desnews.com with the name of the player, his team and where he served his mission.

Stephan Atrice
Associated Press

(No. 21, right) Air Force; Fairburn, Ga. (Sandy Creek HS), Sr., LB. Served mission in Puerto Rico and Caribbean.

Gannon Conway
Arizona Republic

Arizona State; Higley, Ariz. (Higley HS/Mesa CC), Jr., DE. Served his mission in the Dominican Republic.

Michael Ames
Boise State Sports Information

Boise State; Boise, Idaho (Centennial HS), Sr. OL. Served in the Raleigh North Carolina mission.

Michael Alisa
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(No. 42) BYU; Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Jr., RB. Served in the Puerto Rico San Juan mission.

Terrance Alletto
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BYU; Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa HS), Fr., OL. Served in the California Riverside mission.

Famika Anae
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(Far right) BYU; Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), So., OL. Served in the Texas McAllen mission.

Tyler Beck
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BYU; Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta HS), Jr., LB. Served mission in Houston.

Craig Bills
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BYU; Provo, Utah (Timpview, HS), So., DB. Served in the California Ventura mission.

Kevan Bills
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BYU; Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Fr., LB. Served in the Argentina Mendoza mission.

Justin Blackmore
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BYU; West Jordan, Utah (West Jordan HS), So., DL. Served in the Pennsylvania Harrisburg mission.

Braden Brown
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BYU; Salt Lake City (Highland HS), Sr., OL. Served in the Puerto Rico San Juan mission.

Trevor Brown
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BYU; Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Fr., TE. Served mission in Croatia and Slovenia.

Robbie Buckner
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BYU; Ashdown, Ark. (Ashdown HS), Sr., DB. Served in the Mozambique Maputo mission.

Tanner Cox
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BYU; Pleasant View, Utah (Weber HS), So., LB. Served in the Mongolia Ulaanbaatar mission.

Tui Crichton
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(Left, No. 61) BYU; Orem, Utah (Timpview HS), Fr., DL. Served in the Texas Houston South mission.

Dallin Cutler
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BYU; Draper, Utah (Alta HS), Jr., WR. Served in the Costa Rica San Jose mission.

Ian Dulan
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BYU; Hilo, Hawaii (Kamehameha HS), Sr., DL. Served in the Illinois Peoria mission.

David Foote
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BYU; Washington, Utah (Pine View HS), Sr., RB. Served in the Colombia Bogota North mission.

Ryan Freeman
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BYU; Orem, Utah (Orem HS), Sr., OL. Served in the Chile Santiago North mission.

Kaneakua Friel
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BYU; Kaneohe, Hawaii (Kamehamaha HS), Jr., TE. Served in the South Africa Durban mission.

Romney Fuga
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BYU; Huntington Beach, Calif. (Edison HS), Sr., DL. Served in the Madagascar Antananarivo mission.

Preston Hadley
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BYU; Pleasant Grove, Utah (Pleasant Grove HS), Sr., DB. Served in the New York South mission.

Spencer Hadley
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BYU; Connell, Wash. (Connell HS), Jr., LB. Served in the California Roseville mission.

Mike Hague
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BYU; Salt Lake City (Brighton HS), Sr., DB. Served in the Tennessee Knoxville mission.

Jacob Hannemann
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BYU; Highland, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Fr., DB. Served in the Arkansas Little Rock mission.

Braden Hansen
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BYU; Sandy, Utah (Alta HS), Sr, OL. Served in the Pennsylvania Philadelphia mission.

Kurt Henderson
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BYU; St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon HS), Fr., WR. Served in the Finland Helsinki mission.

Taysom Hill
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BYU; Pocatello, Idaho (Highland HS), Fr., QB. Served in the Australia Sydney mission.

Adam Hine
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BYU; Santa Clara, Utah (Snow Canyon HS), Fr., RB. Served his mission in Panama.

Austin Holt
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BYU; South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS), Jr., TE. Served in the Missouri St. Louis mission

Reed Hornung
BYU Athletic Departement

BYU; Anoka, Minn. (Snow College), Sr., Deep Snapper. Served in the Jamaica Kingston mission.

Austen Jorgensen
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BYU; Mt. Pleasant, Utah (N. Sanpete HS), Sr., LB. Served in the Florida Tampa mission.

Solomone Kafu
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BYU; Rio Linda, Calif. (Rio Linda HS), So., OL. Served in the New York, New York mission.

Bronson Kaufusi
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BYU; Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Fr. DL. Served mission in New Zealand.

Walter Kahaiali'i
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BYU; Lahaina, Hawaii (Kamehameha-Maui HS), Sr., DL. Served in the Australia Melbourne mission.

Teu Kautai
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BYU; Arlington, Texas (Oakridge HS), Fr., DB. Served in the California San Jose mission.

James Lark
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BYU; St. George, Utah (Pine View HS), Sr., QB. Served in the Russia St. Petersburg mission.

Devin Mahina
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BYU; Upland, Calif. (Upland HS), So., TE. Served in the Madagascar Antananarivo mission.

Eathyn Manumaleuna
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BYU; Anchorage, Alaska (Timpview HS), Sr., DL. Served in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City mission.

Marcus Mathews
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BYU; Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge HS), Jr., TE. Served in the Sweden Stockholm mission.

Mitch Mathews
BYU Athletic Department

BYU; Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge HS), Fr., WR. Served in the Florida Orlando mission.

Zed Mendenhall
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BYU; Alpine, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Sr., RB. Served in the Brazil Santa Maria mission.

Mike Muehlmann
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BYU; American Fork, Utah (Am. Fork HS), Jr., DL. Served in the Texas San Antonio mission.

Jason Munns
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BYU; Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS), Jr., QB. Served in the Mexico Oaxaca mission.

Riley Nelson
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BYU; Logan, Utah (Logan HS/Utah State), Sr., QB. Served in Spain Barcelona mission.

Brandon Ogletree
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BYU; McKinney, Texas (McKinney HS), Sr., LB. Served in the Chile Concepcion mission.

Ammon Olsen
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BYU; Draper, Utah (Alta HS/SUU), So., QB. Served in the Mexico City North mission.

Remington Peck
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(right, No. 44) BYU; South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS), Fr., DL. Served in the New York Rochester mission.

Skye Povey
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(below, No. 29) BYU; Ogden, Utah (Ben Lomond HS/Snow College), Jr., DB. Served in the Dominican Republic.

Iona Pritchard
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BYU; South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS), So., RB. Served in the Marshall Islands Majuro mission.

Cody Raymond
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BYU; Sandy, Utah (Jordan HS), Fr., WR. Served in the New York, New York North mission.

Drew Reilly
BYU Athletic Department

BYU; Valley Center, Calif. (Valley Center HS/Colorado State), So., DB. Served in the Texas McAllen mission.

Houston Reynolds
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BYU; Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Jr., OL. Served in the Germany Frankfurt mission.

Skyler Ridley
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BYU; Murrieta, Calif. (Murrieta Valley HS), Jr., WR. Served in the England Manchester mission.

Jordan Smith
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BYU; Salem, Utah (Spanish Fork HS), Jr., WR. Served in the Massachusetts Boston mission.

Daniel Sorensen
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BYU; Colton, Calif., (Colton HS), Jr., DB. Served in the Costa Rica San Jose mission.

Justin Sorensen
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BYU; South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS), Jr., K. Served in the Georgia Macon mission.

Riley Stephenson
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BYU; St. George, Utah (Pine View HS), Sr., K/P. Served in the New Zealand Auckland mission.

Brock Stringham
BYU Athletic Department

BYU; Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Mountain Vista HS), So., OL. Served in the Philippines Tacloban mission.

Levi Te’o
BYU Athletic Department

BYU; Hawaii (Timpview HS), Fr., RB. Served in the Canada Toronto East mission.

Brett Thompson
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BYU; El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oakridge HS), So., WR. Served in the Kentucky Louisville mission.

Russell Tialavea
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BYU; Oceanside, Calif (Oceanside HS), Sr., DL. Served in the Chile Santiago West mission.

Darin Tuttle
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BYU; El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oakridge HS), Fr., TE. Served in the Uganda Kampala mission.

Uani Unga
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BYU; Rochester, Calif. (Oregon State), Jr., LB. Served his mission in Guatemala.

Manaaki Vaitai
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(Middle, No. 79) BYU; Euless, Texas (Trinity HS), Jr., OL. Served in the Nevada Las Vegas mission.

Fono Vakalahi
BYU Athletic Department

BYU; Bryan, Texas (Bryan HS), So., OL. Served mission in Washington, D.C.

Simote Vea
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BYU; Hau’ula, Hawaii (BYU-Hawaii), Sr., DL. Served in the Mexico Puebla mission.

Brad Wilcox
BYU Athletic Department

BYU; Edmond, Okla. (North HS), Fr. OL. Served in California San Bernardino mission.

Michael Yeck
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(Middle, No. 77) BYU; Keller, Texas (Keller HS), So., OL. Served in the Alabama Birmingham mission.

Alex Parsons
Associated Press

(photo not available) Georgia; Fayetteville, Ga. (Fayetteville County HS/BYU), Jr., RB. Served in the Africa Cape Town mission.

Jordan Devey
University of Memphis Sports Information

Memphis; American Fork, Utah (American Fork HS/Snow College), Sr., OL. Served in the Costa Rica San Jose mission.

Andrew Barker
Associated Press

(No. 78, far left) Navy; High Point, N.C. (Southwest Guilford HS) Sr. OL. Served mission in the Caribbean.

B.J. Adolpho
New Mexico State Sports Information

New Mexico State; Kahuku, Hawaii (Kahuku HS), Sr., LB.

McKay Frandsen
N.C. State Sports Information

North Carolina State; American Fork, Utah, (American Fork HS), Sr., DE. Served in the Alaska Anchorage mission.

Chris Badger
Notre Dame Sports Information

Notre Dame; Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Fr., S. Served in the Ecuador Guayaquil mission.

Stetzon Bair
Oregon Sports Information

Oregon; St. Anthony, Idaho (South Fremont HS/Iowa Western CC), So. DL.

Hamani Stevens
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Oregon; Hemet, Calif. (Hemet HS), Oregon, So., OL. Served his mission in the Philippines.

Rudolf Fifita
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Oregon State; Euless, Texas (Trinity HS), Sr., DE. Served his mission in American Samoa.

Kevin “Feti” Unga
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Oregon State; Rochester, Calif. (Kahuku HS), Sr., LB. Served his mission in Chile.

Peter Tuitupou
San Jose State Sports Information

San Jose State; Orem, Utah (Snow College), Sr., TE. Served his mission in Panama.

David Tuitupou
San Jose State Sports Information

San Jose State; Orem, Utah (Snow College), Sr., DE. Served his mission in Toronto, Canada.

Dallas Lloyd
Stanford Sports Information

Stanford; Pleasant Grove, Utah (Pleasant Grove HS) Fr., QB. Served his mission in Chile.

Xavier Su’a-filo
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UCLA; Pleasant Grove, Utah (Timpview HS), So., OL. Served in the Florida Tallahassee mission.

William Vea
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UNLV; Alamo, Nev. (Pahranagat Valley HS), So., FB. Served in the Jamaica Kingston mission.

Kaeo Alo
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(far right) Utah; Laie, Hawaii (Arizona Western) So., FB

Afa Bridenstine
University of Utah Sports Information

Utah; Kahuku, Hawaii (Kahuku HS), Fr., LB. Served mission in Auckland, New Zealand.

Tyler Cahoon
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(No. 30) Utah; Draper, Utah (Alta HS) Jr., DB. Served in the Nebraska Omaha mission.

David Fagergren
Associated Press

(No. 51) Utah; Salt Lake City (Highland HS/SUU), Sr., LB. Served mission in Australia.

LT Filiaga
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Utah; Provo, Utah (Bingham HS), Fr., LB. Served mission in Los Angeles, Calif.

Sean Fitzgerald
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Utah; Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS), Jr., WR.

Kala Friel
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Utah; Kaneohe, Hawaii (Kamehameha HS), Fr., OL. Served in the Georgia Macon mission.

Nick Hatch
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Utah; Draper, Utah (Alta HS), So., DL. Served mission in Richmond, Va.

Mike Honeycutt
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(No. 25) Utah; Cedar Hills, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Jr., DB. Served mission in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Johnny Mahe
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(right, No. 97) Utah; West Jordan, Utah (Snow College), Jr., FB. Served mission in Boston, Mass.

Chase Maires
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(left, making tackle) Utah; The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands HS), So., DB. Served in the Colorado North (Spanish-speaking) mission.

Max Moala
Associated Press

(No. 34, right center) Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah (Weber State), Sr., FB. Served mission in the West Indies.

Jake Murphy
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(No. 82) Utah; Alpine, Utah (American Fork HS), So., TE. Served in the Australia Sydney mission.

Coleman Petersen
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Utah; Sandy, Utah (Brighton HS), Sr., K/P. Served in the Argentina Resistencia mission.

Trevor Reilly
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(No. 49) Utah; Valley Center, Calif. (Valley Center High), Jr., DE. Served mission in Sweden.

Dallin Rogers
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Utah; Placerville, Calif. (Union Mine HS), Sr., TE. Served in the Florida Tallahassee mission.

Tevita Stevens
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(No. 54) Utah; Hemet, Calif. (Hemet HS), Sr., OL. Served mission in New York.

Westlee Tonga
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Utah; Spring, Texas (Spring HS), Jr., TE/FB. Served in the Nevada Las Vegas mission.

Junior Salt
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Utah; Glendale, Utah (Brighton HS/Mt. San Antonio College), Jr., DL. Served mission in Tonga.

Andrew Santiago
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Utah; Provo, Utah (Plano West HS, Texas), Fr., WR. Served in the Utah Ogden mission.

Cameron Taylor
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Utah; Sandy, Utah (Skyline HS), Fr., DE. Served in the Brazil Sao Paulo North mission.

Jason Whittingham
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Utah; Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), Fr., LB. Served mission in South Carolina.

Clayton Christensen
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(No. 14) Utah State; Sterling, Utah (Manti HS/Snow College), Jr., S. Served in the Nova Scotia Halifax mission.

Nick Ciancone
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Utah State; Layton, Utah (Layton HS), So., LB.

Jefferson Court
BYU Athletic Department

Utah State; Draper, Utah (Alta HS/BYU), So., LB. Served in the California Anaheim mission.

Jacob Haueter
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Utah State; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS/Boise State), So., P/K. Served in the Texas San Antonio mission.

Derek Keller
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(right, No. 82) Utah State; Draper, Utah (Alta HS), Fr., TE. Served in Houston, Texas.

B.J. Larsen
USU Sports Information

Utah State; Logan, Utah (Logan HS), Jr., DE. Served in the Arkansas Little Rock mission.

Logan Malohifo’ou
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Utah State; West Jordan, Utah (Copper Hills HS), Fr., OL. Served mission in Fiji.

Jeff Manning
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Utah State; Logan, Utah (Logan HS), Fr., QB. Served mission in Lithuania.

Alex Marsaw
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Utah State; Torrance, Calif. (West HS), Fr., LB. Served mission in the Ukraine.

Nate Needham
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Utah State; St. George, Utah (Pine View), So., deep snapper. Served mission in Brazil Sao Paulo.

Travis Parrish
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(far right, jumping) Utah State; West Bountiful, Utah (Bountiful HS), Fr., LB. Served mission in Malaysia.

Eric Schultz
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Utah State; Connell, Wash. (Connell HS), Jr., OL. Served in the Alabama Birmingham mission.

Joe Summers
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Utah State; Tremonton, Utah (Bear River HS), So., OL. Served in the Australia Sydney mission.

Brad Theurer
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(No. 86) Utah State; Logan, Utah (Logan HS), Jr., TE. Served in the Indonesia Jakarta mission.

Josh Thompson
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(No. 19, crouched down) Utah State; Logan, Utah (Logan HS), Jr., K. Served mission in Portland, Ore.

Cam Webb
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Utah State; Millville, Utah (Mountain Crest HS), Sr., WR. Served in the Philippines Quezon City mission.

Kevin Whimpey
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Utah State; Highland, Utah (Lone Peak), So., DL. Served in the California Ventura mission.

Kyle Whimpey
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(center, No. 63 pass blocking) Utah State; Highland, Utah (Lone Peak HS), Jr., OL. Served in California Riverside.