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Utes could decide on starting running back by Thursday

Utah may have a starting running back by Thursday if all goes well, Kyle Whittingham told the Deseret News. And while it isn't official, there does not seem to be anything pointing to Matt Asiata not being named the starting running back for the Oregon State game.

Asiata is battling Ray Stowers, Darryl Poston and Darrell Mack. And while all have shown some signs of success, Poston, Stowers and Mack have been underwhelming in the entire scheme of fall camp. That has thrown a wrinkle into things and put more pressure on Asiata, who has sat out most of fall camp with a left ankle injury. He returned recently, but hasn't been 100%, which left him out of important drills and scrimmages. However, he's expected to be better by the middle of the week, just in time for Whittingham's decision.