The Utah football program took a pair of big hits on Tuesday when it was announced that two senior players won’t be with the team for the rest of the season.
Defensive end Kylie Fitts has been lost for the year due to injury. While the nature of that injury is being kept under wraps, his season has come to an end and now the school will have to decide whether to give him a medical redshirt to earn another year of eligibility.
Fitts, who transferred from UCLA after first committing to USC, had 8.5 sacks in 13 games with the Utes. His loss will be a tough one for the defense. Currently, Walter Football had him projected to go in the second or third round of the 2017 NFL draft as a 3-4 outside linebacker. This injury obviously changes that.
To make matters worse, senior running back Joe Williams has decided to retire from football, saying the game took too much of a toll on his body. He finishes his collegiate career with 552 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He also had three receiving touchdowns.
Troy McCormick, Zach Moss and Armand Shyne will be the players expected to pick up the slack for Utah’s running game.
RB Joe Williams is retiring. Said he has some physical problems. Will graduate in December. #utahfootball
— Amy Donaldson (@adonsports) September 13, 2016
As for Fitts, there is still hope for the future, depending on the diagnosis of his injury. Whether or not he comes back to Utah for another season or not, NFL teams will likely still come calling.
Utah has started the season 2-0 and will travel to San Jose State this Saturday night.