When it rains it pours, and for Utah football the storm is full of injured starters. The latest one to be added to the list is running back Armand Shyne, who sustained what appeared to be a knee injury in the 4th quarter against Arizona. Coach Whittingham even said in his weekly press conference that Shyne will miss spring ball with the injury.
That puts Utah down four running backs, with the retirement of Joe Williams, the loss of Shyne, the injury to Troy McCormick (sounding doubtful for this week) and the injury to Zack Moss (a game time decision). Shyne emerged as an impressive everydown back that resembled Devontae Booker in many ways.
Going into the game against Oregon State, Coach Whitt said Moss could possibly go this week, and after him is Marcel Manalo, a back that had shown a lot of promise in spring ball.
Per the press release this week:
Utah has lost five starters for the season, most recently starting running back Armand Shyne, who was injured in the fourth quarter against Arizona. Also lost are senior centersHiva Lutui (in spring camp) and J.J. Dielman (on Oct. 1 vs. Cal). Dielman was second-team All-Pac-12 at right tackle in 2015 before replacing Lutui at center after his injury. Neither has a redshirt year available. Two injured senior starters who plan to apply for a medical extension are tight end Siale Fakailoatonga and defensive end Kylie Fitts.