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Utah tight end Cole Fotheringham declares for NFL draft

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Utah Utes tight end Cole Fotheringham leaps to make a one-handed catch

Utah Utes tight end Cole Fotheringham (89) makes a one-handed catch over Oregon State Beavers linebacker Andrzej Hughes-Murray (49) but is called out of bounds in the end zone as Utah and Oregon State play a college football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Utah tight end Cole Fotheringham announced Monday that he is declaring for the NFL draft.

Like the two other Utes who have declared for the draft — TJ Pledger and Britain Covey — Fotheringham will play in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State.

“I am beyond grateful for the experiences that this University and football team have provided me with. The time goes by fast and I have tried my best to be present through it all. Now, looking back, I am humbled and honored to have been part of so many special teams. I don’t doubt that the relationships I have made will carry with me through the rest of my life,” Fotheringham wrote.

A fourth-year junior due to a free year of eligibility in 2020, Fotheringham has caught 13 passes for 109 yards this season.

Though he doesn’t have as many receptions as tight ends Brant Kuithe and Dalton Kincaid this year, Fotheringham has been a key blocker for the Utes.

“I am excited to finish my college career with one more go at it in the Rose Bowl with my brothers,” Fotheringham said. “I will be declaring for the 2022 NFL draft with hopes of continuing my football career. Whatever happens in life I am confident my experience here at Utah will have prepared me to face whatever success or adversity may come.”