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Utah football notes: Dimick is determined ... and then some

Utah defensive end Hunter Dimick sacks Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins, left,  during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Utah defensive end Hunter Dimick sacks Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins, left, during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah defensive end Hunter Dimick said he has never met John Frank, who played for the Utes from 1996-99. Even so, the two guys share something in common — ownership of the team record for career sacks at 27.

Dimick, who recorded a school-record five sacks in last Thursday’s win at Arizona State, can set the new standard Saturday when the 11th-ranked Utes host Oregon.

“I don’t know anybody that doesn’t want to aspire to try to get to that guy that’s been on top for a while. So it’s exciting,” Dimick said of his career-record pursuit. “No, I’m not going to let it distract me. If it happens, I’m going to be happy. If for some reason it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. We’ll see.”

The senior enters the game as the reigning Walter Camp (national) and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. He leads the Utes with 17.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks on the season.

Dimick has bounced back in a big way from an injury-plagued junior season. He missed six games and had just three sacks in 2015, down from 10 as a sophomore.

“Obviously you can’t get lost time back, Dimick said. “But it feels good to be having some successes this year when last year was pretty much in turmoil.”

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham noted that Dimick is having a tremendous senior year and that it’s great to see, especially after the challenges of last season.

“I think he’s kind of taken out that frustration this year,” Whittingham said. “He’s making up for some lost time last year, making sure he maximizes the time he has, and he’s done just that.”

NO COMMENT: Safety Marcus Williams declined to discuss how tough it was to miss two games this season because of injury.

“I don’t talk about that,” he said. “I just talk about this week’s game.”

Despite not playing against UCLA or Washington, the junior still leads the Utes with four interceptions.

MUSS MAN: Utah will honor longtime MUSS adviser John Fackler during Saturday’s game. Fackler, who is handing off his role with the group to Brynn Whitchurch, has advised the MUSS since it was established in 2002. He oversaw the student section’s growth from a few hundred members to its current membership of 6,000.

EXTRA POINTS: The Utes are 6-0 this season when leading after three quarters and at halftime. They’re 5-0 when scoring first. … Boobie Hobbs is tied for the most punt returns in the nation with 25. … Utah’s all-time record at home is 400-187-16.

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