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Utah Utes football: Harvey Langi to get some carries for Utes

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 7 2011 8:26 p.m. MDT

Utah running back #21 Harvey Langi fights to get past line backer #32 Chaz Walker during practice. University of Utah holds practice Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Utah running back #21 Harvey Langi fights to get past line backer #32 Chaz Walker during practice. University of Utah holds practice Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — True freshman Harvey Langi, who made his collegiate debut on special teams in Utah's 27-10 win over Montana State last Thursday, will see action at running back this week at USC.

"You'll see Harvey in the game on Saturday," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said while confirming that the former Bingham High star will be in the backfield. "He'll be in the mix."

John White, who rushed for 150 yards in the season opener, remains the starter. Backup Tauni Vakapuna, however, is hobbled with a high ankle sprain.

"So Harvey is going to be the guy that will get some reps," Whittingham said.

Vakapuna had 10 carries against Montana State.

The move, Whittingham insists, is not being made out of necessity.

Utah\'s Harvey Langi at the University of Utah football team practiceThursday, Aug. 18, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Utah\'s Harvey Langi at the University of Utah football team practiceThursday, Aug. 18, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

"(Harvey has) progressed and got to the point now where we feel comfortable putting him in a game," Whittingham said.

Langi enrolled at Utah last January after earning high school All-America honors at Bingham. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound running back led the Miners to back-to-back 5A state championships. He finished his high school career with 4,289 yards rushing and 55 touchdowns.

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