Top performances 2011: LB Trevor Reilly

February, 2, 2012
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We're look at the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2011.

Up next: Holy Life of Reilly!

Who & against whom? Utah linebacker Trevor Reilly went from being unknown to celebrated when he almost single-handedly crushed the spirit out of rival BYU's offense in a shocking 54-10 Utes Holy War victory.

The numbers: Reilly forced a school-record three fumbles -- recovering one of them -- and recorded two sacks among his three total tackles for loss against the Cougars. He finished with five total tackles, which tied for a team-high, and a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.

A closer look: To put forcing three fumbles in perspective, only three other Pac-12 players forced at least three fumbles over the entire 2011 season. The performance earned Reilly Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors, the first Ute to be so honored. What's more, Reilly, a 6-foot-5, 238-pound sophomore, had compiled no statistics in limited action before this breakout performance. Completely unrelated to football or this performance, there's also this from the Deseret News: "As a 16-year-old in Southern California, [Reilly] ate his way into the Guinness Book of World Records by chowing down a raw onion in 1 minute, 35 seconds — shaving 65 seconds off the previous mark." How about those, er, onions?

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