Honors & Awards
» Rimington Trophy Watch List (2016)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2015)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2014; Spring 2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016)
Senior Dylan Utter will be counted on as a veteran leader in a Husker offensive line that will feature several new faces in 2016. The 6-1, 295-pound Utter emerged as a dependable starter last fall, lining up as the starting left guard in every game.
Utter could man one of the guard spots again this fall, but also has seen time at center in the past, and has worked extensively at that position this spring. Utter has a strong work ethic and is a tenacious competitor in the trenches. He originally joined the Husker program as a walk-on before earning a scholarship prior to the 2015 season.
Utter will graduate with a degree in history in December, and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2015.
Utter was one of three offensive linemen to start all 13 games, manning the left guard spot. He helped Nebraska rank among the Big Ten’s top offenses in passing, scoring and total offense.
The offensive line also helped protect Nebraska passers very well. The Huskers allowed just 14 sacks in 13 games to rank ninth nationally in fewest sacks allowed. The unit closed the year with a dominant effort against UCLA in the bowl game, powering the way for a season-high 326 rushing yards.
Utter played in six games, with a start at center in the Holiday Bowl. He spent the majority of the year adding depth at guard and played in five of the first seven games. Utter’s performance against USC helped Nebraska roll up 525 yards of total offense and 42 points. Utter also saw significant action against Illinois, when NU topped 400 rushing yards.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Utter added depth on the line in 2013, but did not play in a game.
A walk-on, Utter redshirted in 2012.
Before Nebraska (Papillion-La Vista HS)
Utter helped Papillion-La Vista High School reach the semifinals of the Class A state playoffs as a senior in 2011. Utter played on both lines, totaling 40 tackles and two sacks to earn a spot on the Lincoln Journal Star Super State second team as a senior. On offense, Utter helped the Monarchs average more than 38 points and 258 passing yards per game.
As a junior, Utter recorded 47 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and three sacks. Also a member of the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska second team, Utter was selected to participate in the 2012 Nebraska Shrine Bowl. Utter earned a second-place finish in shot put at the 2012 Nebraska state track and field championships. Utter walked on after receiving scholarship offers from North Dakota and Army.
Utter was born on Feb. 19, 1994, and is the son of Dinah Fiest. He is a history major, and has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll three times, along with earning a spot on the 2015 Academic All-Big Ten team. Utter has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Hotline, Community Action Partnership and team hospital visits, and earned spots on the 2016 Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship teams.
Utter's Career Statistics
» Games Played – 19 (6 in 2014, 13 in 2015)
» Games Started – 14 (1 in 2014, 13 in 2015)