BOULDER, Colo. – The University of Utah’s inaugural season in the West Conference has been nothing short of dominant thus far. At 4-0, and beating its their conference foes by wide margins, the Utes again look like one of the best teams in the nation, and have been fueled by the strong play of October’s West Player of the Month Chad Gough.
After earning minutes in Utah’s back line last year, Gough has moved to hooker where he has excelled this fall.
“Chad is a physical presence, extremely fit, and leads by example,” noted Utah Director of Rugby Mark Drown.
An Honorable Mention All-American last year, Drown believes Gough is playing at a level that will earn him higher honors at the end of this season.
“He has been instrumental in Utah’s 4-0 run this fall, and is positioned to be a strong candidate for 1st Team All-American selection,” Drown said.
Watching Gough get behind defenses with ball in hand, it’s not a surprise he used to thrive in the backs. However, his strength and ferocious demeanor have made the sophomore invaluable to the Utes’ front row.
Gough, an Exercise and Sports Science major, will be in action for Utah’s sevens side at the PAC 7s Rugby Championship in Berkeley, Calif. Don’t miss your chance to see Gough and several of college rugby’s best players on the PAC 12 Network starting Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. PT.