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Utah football player critically injured in accident

Published: Monday, Feb. 24 2014 11:55 p.m. MST

Micah Thomas looks to pass as the University of Utah football team scrimmages in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. Moana Ofahengaue defends at left. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Micah Thomas looks to pass as the University of Utah football team scrimmages in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. Moana Ofahengaue defends at left. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah defensive lineman Moana Ofahengaue suffered a serious head injury in a motorized bike accident Sunday night. University of Utah Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Wilets confirmed in a media release that the former Westlake High School star, a redshirt freshman, was in critical condition.

Wilets said that family members are “extremely optimistic about his recovery” and wanted to “express their gratitude for all the support that have received.”

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham released a statement as well.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Moana and his family during this very difficult time,” Whittingham said. “He is a beloved member of our team and we will support him in his recovery in any way we can.”

Ofahengaue’s father Tevita played for BYU from 1997-2000 and his uncle is Utah defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake.

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