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Utah running back Armand Shyne out for season with knee injury

01 October 2016: Utah Utes running back Armand Shyne reaches the end zone for a touchdown during a NCAA football game against Cal at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA. The Bears won 28-23. (Photo by Daniel Gluskoter/Icon Sportswire)
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Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham announced Monday that running back Armand Shyne will miss the remainder of the season. Shyne suffered a non-contact injury to his knee in the fourth quarter of the Utes’ 36-23 win over Arizona on Saturday.

The sophomore is currently Utah’s leading rusher on the season, having racked up 373 yards on 78 rushes for four touchdowns. Shyne ran for a season-high 101 yards on 19 carries against Arizona before going down with the injury.

It’s yet another blow to a running back corps that has seen its fair share of shakeups already this season. Shyne’s backup, Jordan Howard, was also injured late in the game against Arizona, and he’s questionable for this week’s game against Oregon State due to the unspecified issue.

Senior Joe Williams was expected to be the starter at the position coming into the season, but abruptly retired in September in order to focus on school. Junior Troy McCormick, who has rushed for 196 yards this season, won’t be ready to play, either.

That leaves true freshman Zack Moss, who is a game-time decision, and Marcel Manalo as the only healthy backs on the Utes’ depth chart. Moss is expected to start against the Beavers.

Running back hasn’t been the only position decimated by injuries this season for Utah. They’ve already lost two centers, J.J. Dielman and Hiva Lutui, for the year, as well as tight end Siale Fakailoatonga and defensive end Kyle Fitts for the rest of the year.

Utah (5-1) will be looking to keep pace with Arizona State (5-1) atop the Pac-12 South division.

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