Per Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune, junior linebacker Uaea Masina is choosing to retire from football due to injuries. A three-star recruit coming out of Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton HS, Masina has shown flashes of potential at Utah, but he was frequently slowed by injuries. He missed most of the 2014 season after suffering a season-ending wrist injury against Fresno State. He also suffered injuries in both 2013 and 2015 as well. He is the older brother of USC linebacker Osa Masina (who was a five-star recruit). Masina only recorded tackles in two games in 2015, with two against Oregon and four against USC. In 2014, Masina recorded six tackles against Idaho State and four against Fresno State before missing the rest of the season. As a true freshman in 2013, Masina appeared in 10 games and recorded seven total tackles.
Linebacker is the position with the least depth for the Utes, so losing Masina hurts. It seemed like if Masina could stay healthy, 2016 could have been a big year for him. Utah signed four potential linebackers in the 2016 class (four-star JUCO David Laufatasaga, three-star JUCO Kurtis Taufa, three-star Davir Hamilton, and three-star Donavan Thompson), but they will not arrive until summer. Sophomore Cody Barton and junior Sunia Tauteoli are the two linebackers on the team with the most experience with starters Gionni Paul, Jared Norris, and Jason Whittingham all graduating. With so few linebackers, it will be worth monitoring if Utah moves any players to linebacker from a different position.
It is too bad injuries have to cut his career short. Good luck to Masina in his life after football.