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Published: Saturday, March 29 2014 3:15 p.m. MDT

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StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Really unfortunate. In my opinion the most improved player on the team last year, and was being counted on to help pick up production from Trevor Reilly's departure this year. Would be great to have him back at some point this year, good luck with surgery and rehab, kid.

Funny/witty screen name
Orem, UT

This is really too bad. no matter what side of the rivalry your on, you never want to see anyone get hurt. Hopefully he can recover fully!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Injuries are going to happen in football, it is just the way it is. This is where a program needs depth to overcome it because there will be season ending, or long term, injuries that occur to every single football team in the NCAA this year.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Tough break for a tough kid.

Get better soon!!

Danite
Salt Lake City, UT

It's his senior year but does he have a redshirt available? Is that an option?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Tough break for one of the classiest guys in football

Step up utes!

Onward and upward

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Danite, he redshirted in 2010, but could apply for a medical hardship if needed.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Danite:

There is an option for a medical redshirt if he misses the entire season. And he WILL most likely miss the entire season. I remember back when ACL tears were 18-month recovery periods, but even with the 7-month period, that'd put him back on the field in November. And he won't be ready to just all of a sudden take the field in November.

Sorry to hear that Hale. ACL tears are rough. I can't even stand hearing people pop their knuckles because of that sound.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

Jacoby is a great guy. I wish him a speedy recovery.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

What a terrible thing to happen for this kid. It should be noted that LB is an extremely strong/deep position group for us.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

AZUTE1, not that deep. They lost Fehoko and Filiaga. Whittingham, Norris and Paul should be solid, but Masina will probably have to be thrown into action maybe earlier than he's ready for, and after him who is there? Maybe Langi moves with a potential logjam at RB? Blechen or Carter move up from safety? Who knows?

CCS
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Hopefully he'll rehab quick and make it back by mid season. Great player who the Utes really need on the field!

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

StGtoSLC--

"AZUTE1, not that deep. They lost Fehoko and Filiaga. Whittingham, Norris and Paul should be solid, but Masina will probably have to be thrown into action maybe earlier than he's ready for, and after him who is there? Maybe Langi moves with a potential logjam at RB? Blechen or Carter move up from safety? Who knows?"

Not only is Masina in the mix, Clarence Smith is as well, in addition to Blechen being available to move back down, if necessary, as well as the fact LB has been the most complete/consistent group for us of late....JH would not not have been a starter and was horrendous in pass coverage.

Which other position group could sustain an injury any better, excepting perhaps RB? JH has proven injury-prone during his career, unfortunately, but LB is extremely healthy/solid for us.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

Well, here is the excuse so many u fans are looking for to explain another losing season and no bowl game!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@azute

"Which other position group could sustain an injury any better, excepting perhaps RB?"

So by "deep" you mean 'relative to other positions' which isn't really "deep" at all. Also just being "deep" in average LB's isn't really all that great a thing to be. The truth is utah isn't "deep" anywhere with great talent, they can ill afford to lose anyone, although just like hale it is inevitable that they will because it is football and everyone loses players to injury every year.

Interesting that the coaches had him as the starter but according to you "JH would not not have been a starter". Was that another thing you deduced from watching highlights on youtube in your parents arizona basement?

Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV

Tough break for both this young man and the Utes!!! Hope his surgery and rehab go well!!! Hope you make it back on the field but if not use your degree and have a great life!!!

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