Already a two-year starter, Nate Orchard enters the 2014 season with the Utah Utes looking to bring pressure from his defensive end spot and battle for all-league honors. Orchard has played in all 37 games the last three years, including 23 starts, and has proven himself to be an effective pass rusher. Registered 50 tackles a year ago and has forced five fumbles in his career. As a senior with long-term starting experience, he’ll be expected to provide pressure and leadership to the Ute defense.
Was an all-state receiver at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah his final two season, recording 58 catches for 1,351 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior. He also totaled 62 tackles, 17.5 sacks and two interceptions his final season. Was also an all-region performer for the basketball team and was a member of the track and field team.
Orchard played in 13 games as a freshman in 2011, recording four total tackles. In 2012, he earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention status after recording 11 starts at left end. He notched 48 tackles, three sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss for the Utes. In 2013, he started 12 games and totaled 50 tackles, 3.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss. He also earned Athlon National Defensive Player of the Week honors in Utah’s win over fifth-ranked Stanford when he recorded two sacks, forced two fumbles and had five tackles.
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