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H.C.R. 11






Sponsor: Jeff Alexander

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizes the success
             10      of the University of Utah's 2004 Championship Football Team and its coaching staff.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This resolution:
             13          .    recognizes the extraordinary performance of the 2004 University of Utah Football
             14      Team and coaching staff for a perfect 12-0 season, including their second
             15      consecutive Mountain West Conference Championship, their convincing victory in
             16      the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, and their individual and team recognitions, including their
             17      top five national ranking; and
             18          .    expresses gratitude to the University of Utah Football Team for the positive image it
             19      has projected for the state.
             20      Special Clauses:
             21          None
             23      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             24          WHEREAS, the 2004 University of Utah Football Team is the outright Mountain West
             25      Conference football champion for the second straight year;
             26          WHEREAS, the 2004 University of Utah Football Team, returning 17 starters from its
             27      Liberty Bowl-winning 2003 team that achieved a 10-2 win-loss record, began the season

             28      nationally ranked;
             29          WHEREAS, week after week the Ute offense, led by Heisman Trophy candidate Alex
             30      Smith at quarterback, crushed, dominated, and with its potent, high-powered offense perplexed
             31      one opponent after another;
             32          WHEREAS, the Ute defense, greatly improved from a very good 2003 season, stunned
             33      foes with its swarming coverage and punishing blitzes;
             34          WHEREAS, the Utes were motivated by a common goal: to prove that they could beat
             35      any team in the nation, anywhere;
             36          WHEREAS, as the season progressed with victory after victory, the Utes consistently
             37      advanced in the national rankings;
             38          WHEREAS, Head Coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff worked the team hard,
             39      pushing each player to be his very best;
             40          WHEREAS, Ute team members built on the success of the 2003 season, recognized
             41      areas where their play needed improvement, and persistently eliminated all barriers to
             42      individual and team success;
             43          WHEREAS, the Utes capped the regular season with a 52-21 defeat of rival Brigham
             44      Young University, became the first Ute team to win 12 games in a single season, and the first
             45      undefeated Utah team in 74 years;
             46          WHEREAS, quarterback Alex Smith and defensive back Morgan Scalley were named
             47      the Mountain West Conference's Offensive and Defensive players of the year, respectively, and
             48      Coach Urban Meyer was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year;
             49          WHEREAS, Alex Smith was also named the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated's
             50      National Player of the Year;
             51          WHEREAS, Smith and offensive lineman Chris Kemoeatu were named First-Team
             52      All-Americans;
             53          WHEREAS, other Utes named to All-American teams were wide receiver Steve Savoy
             54      and defensive backs Ryan Smith and Morgan Scalley;
             55          WHEREAS, the University of Utah was the only Division 1 school in America to have
             56      two football players, Alex Smith and Morgan Scalley, named Academic All-Americans, with
             57      both players making the first team;
             58          WHEREAS, the academic honors continued with Alex Smith being named the Football

             59      Academic All-American of the Year and Morgan Scalley being named the Anson Mount
             60      Scholar Athlete of the Year;
             61          WHEREAS, the Utes proved themselves perfect on the gridiron by crushing the
             62      Pittsburgh Panthers in the Fiesta Bowl on New Years' Day, 35-7;
             63          WHEREAS, Utah's popular and explosive offense, one of the best in college football,
             64      was more than matched by its defense in the Fiesta Bowl;
             65          WHEREAS, in their 11 previous games the Utes had 24 sacks, an average of a little
             66      more than two per game, but in the Fiesta Bowl the Utes racked up nine sacks against the
             67      Panthers and broke the Fiesta Bowl record of seven, set in 1996;
             68          WHEREAS, for the game, the Panthers were held to 17 net yards rushing, thanks to the
             69      74 yards lost in sacks, and 268 yards total offense;
             70          WHEREAS, the Ute defense extended its scoreless streak in bowl games to seven
             71      quarters by shutting out the Panthers in the first half;
             72          WHEREAS, Ute quarterback Alex Smith, who completed 29-of-37 passes for 328
             73      yards and four touchdowns, and wide receiver Paris Warren, who scored twice and made a
             74      Fiesta Bowl-record 15 catches, were named co-Offensive Players of the Game;
             75          WHEREAS, nose guard Steve Fifita, responsible for one of the Utes' record-setting
             76      quarterback sacks, claimed Defensive Player of the Game honors, while teammates Eric
             77      Weddle and Tommy Hackenbruck contributed 11 tackles and three sacks, respectively;
             78          WHEREAS, Utah's perfect season was capped when Coach Urban Meyer received the
             79      Football Writers Association/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award;
             80          WHEREAS, under Coach Meyer, Utah finished 12-0 for the year, 22-2 during his two
             81      years with the team, and was guided to the first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game for a
             82      team from a conference without an automatic BCS berth;
             83          WHEREAS, Utah is the first team from a conference without an automatic bid to
             84      participate in one of the NCAA's financially lucrative bowl games, with an expected payout of
             85      between $14-17 million for the Mountain West Conference; and
             86          WHEREAS, Urban Meyer, his coaching staff, and the University of Utah Football team
             87      should be commended for their extraordinary success and for the positive attention they have
             88      brought to the state of Utah:
             89          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the

             90      Governor concurring therein, recognize the 2004 University of Utah Football Team for its
             91      tremendous success, including its top five ranking in season-ending college football polls.
             92          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the members of
             93      the 2004 Fiesta Bowl-winning University of Utah Football Team, former University of Utah
             94      Football Coach Urban Meyer, current University of Utah Football Coach Kyle Wittingham, the
             95      other members of its coaching staff, and the University of Utah.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-1-05 9:49 AM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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