Five-time Utah Sports Writer of the Year (National Sports Media Association) and nine-time finalist, Facer is the longest-tenured full-time sports writer at the Deseret News — entering his 27th year with the newspaper. First-place writing accolades include the Rocky Mountain College Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press and Best of the West. Honored for Distinguished Service by the Utah High School Activities Association, Facer served as editor in chief of the Daily Utah Chronicle in its 100th year of publication and received the SPJ Mark of Excellence Award upon graduation. Duties at the Deseret News have included stints as prep sports, NBA editor and assistant section editor, as well as beat writer for BYU, Salt Lake Bees, Utah, Utah Grizzlies, Utah Predators, Utah State and Weber State. He’s credited for breaking news of Karl Malone’s first NBA MVP award and numerous other stories. Besides representing the Deseret News on ESPN, FOX sports, the Mountain, the NFL Network, Pac-12 Networks and local broadcasts — plus national and Salt Lake City radio shows — Facer has written articles for the NCAA Final Four program, NCAA basketball tournament regional publications and several bowl games. He is the author of the book “BCS Breakthrough.” Facer is a former AP Top 25 voter and is currently in the voting pool for several college football awards.

Solidifying the secondary is the top concern as season opener approaches.
Newcomer Dalton Kincaid adds to an already strong cast that includes Brant Kuithe and Cole Fotheringham.
The Utes’ wide receiver group is confident they can catch on with whoever is playing quarterback
Coach Kyle Whittingham says progress his being made as the Nov. 7 opener against Arizona approaches.
“Next man up” mentality has keep things rolling under Whittingham.
Kyle Whittingham hopeful that a starting quarterback will be in place soon; doesn’t see a platoon situation at the position.
Utah is seeking a three-peat; USC is this season’s favorite
Utah receiver Britain Covey sees a comparison between the Utes and NFL franchise.
Utah’s Australian pipeline for punters is well established. Now, the Utes are going in a different direction — at least when it comes to place-kicking duties.
Sophomore on top of the depth chart as Utes restock their secondary
Although just a junior, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham believes Mika Tafua is “an NFL guy.”
Says Utah coach Kyle Whittingham of his converted linebacker: ‘He’s a physical player that can hit you and deliver a blow’
Also, two QBs getting reps, but don’t expect a starter to be named until game week
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham called it “outstanding” and noted each of the three quarterbacks in contention for the starting job — Jake Bentley, Cam Rising and Drew Lisk — played well.
Defensive tackle, a senior transfer from Hawaii, is expected to be one of the Pac-12’s top linemen
Among the holes that need filling are five new starters in the secondary
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham also discusses Alex Smith’s ‘miraculous’ comeback and Jaylen Dixon’s departure from the team.
Utah coaches feel good about things up front, thanks in part to the talented junior
Jake Bentley, Drew Lisk and Cam Rising are in a battle for the starting job.
Utah’s depleted secondary is an obvious area of emphasis as the Utes prepare for the 2020 season. They need to replace all five starters from last year.
Program’s all-time leading rusher carried quite a load for the Utes during his four-year career.
The Utes, who open the season Nov. 7 at home against Arizona, kick off camp with plenty of question marks. They’re replacing nine starters on a defense that ranked among the national leaders last season.
Camp opens Friday as Utes embark on a shortened season in bid for a third consecutive Pac-12 South title.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said it’s a three-man race to be Utah’s next starting quarterback.
Linebacker Devin Lloyd, who led the Utes with 91 tackles last season, is confident in the nine new faces ticketed to start on his side of the ball.
Utah’s revised 2020 football schedule will include a season opener against Arizona, a crossover game against Oregon State and a pair of Friday contests.