No. 14 Utes to shut down Increasing for rest of
Paolo Uggetti, ESPNOct 22, 2023, 12:49 AM ET
LOS ANGELES– Following a dramatic 36-34 success over USC on Saturday night, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham revealed that beginning quarterback Cam Rising, who has not played all season, will be shut down for the rest of the year.Rising, who has actually led Utah to back-to-back Pac-12 titles, hurt his knee during in 2015’s Rose Bowl and needed to go through surgical treatment to repair what the senior quarterback later on described as a torn meniscus, MPFL and MCL along with a torn ACL.”I wasn’t truly expecting to do this
, however I simply want to let everyone understand I didn’t simply tear my ACL,”Increasing informed ESPN 700 previously this season.”It was a huge surgical treatment and it’s not an easy resurgence. I have actually been working my tail off. “Both Increasing and Utah had actually expressed optimism about the senior quarterback having the ability to play this season in spite of a long roadway of healing since the injury. But while Whittingham stated after the Utes’season opener that Increasing had actually been cleared to practice with the team, in 2015’s Pac-12 Champion MVP has never ever appeared close to returning.Editor’s Picks 2 Associated”I’m trying to ensure I can be out there since nobody
wishes to be out there on
the field grinding with those guys more than me,”Increasing said.”But at the end of the day, it’s my body. My body needs to recover.” With Rising on the sidelines, Utah has relied on both Bryson Barnes and freshman Nate Johnson to take on the
snaps under center. The tandem has actually led the Utes to a 6-1 start. After beginning the year with a two-quarterback system, Whittingham handed Johnson the reins for a couple of games before most recently turning to Barnes, who shined versus USC Saturday.The junior threw for 235 yards versus the Trojans’defense, including three goals in addition to 57 backyards on the ground and a rushing goal to boot. Barnes likewise clinched the game for the Utes by rushing for a 23-yard gain late in the fourth quarter that enabled Utah kicker Cole Becker to make the 38-yard field goal as time expired.”They got themselves a Heisman Prize winner. We got a pig farmer,”Whittingham said, referring to Barnes’background. The long time Utes coach also called the win one of his top-5
ever.While it stays unclear whether Rising, who has been in college given that 2018, will return for a seventh year. Whittingham also included on Saturday night that tight end Brant Kuithe, who has actually also been recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last season, will be shut down for the remainder of the year too.