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Published: Friday, April 11 2014 4:20 p.m. MDT

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That's really unfortunate. By all accounts, he's worked very hard and has been champing at the bit for his opportunity to return to game action, and has been a positive vocal leader, too. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Time for the young'ns to step up.

Pocatello, ID


Fortunately this happened now, and not in the fall.

Hopefully he can bounce back quickly and be ready for the season.

Go Utes!!!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Too bad for him, he's going to be one of the best players on the whole field whenever he gets on the field.

Hopefully its sooner than later.

He's one of the biggest recruits in the history of the program

Get better!

West Jordan, Utah

This is a huge downer for the Ute defense. For all the solid defenses the Utes have had over the years, it's always been the Defensive Line, Corners and Safeties that have been the dominant or dynamic players. This year Utah was looking to have two athletic studs with sound skills at linebacker. Now both are badly hurt; Jacoby Hale, who really progressed at the end of last year, and Gionni Paul (via Miami Hurricanes/Dennis Erickson recruit), who is a beast like talent who vocally leads and attacks like Ray Lewis (although in early stages).

West Jordan, Utah

Utah has had some linebackers put up some high tackle totals, but none were stars, or NFL talent except Sylvester Stevenson. Many benefited from D-Lines who opened up opportunities on the second tier.

Whittingham has been so effective on the defensive side of the ball. But ironically, even though he was a former linebacker himself, he keeps trying to find and create a stud force linebacker.

With all the Defensive Linemen, Safeties, and Corners in the NFL, it is easier to recruit those positions. These two injuries at linebacker this year for Utah is a tough report for me. It reminds me of a certain BYU situation last year. The Cougars have had there own dominant defenses that most always lacked a positional defect as well. In their case it's corners. Omar Morgan was great, but he was back in the Bronze Era. Last year they had some promising corners that both tore their ACL before the season begun. Now last year proved to be another solid BYU defense, and it was their offense that was a slower work in progress. But still, how good could they have been with their two corners not being 'men down'?

Santa Monica, CA

Take an athletic QB or other skill position, who has little hope at seeing much time on the field and turn him into an LB. Do it this afternoon and make it happen quickly. Do it!

Bountiful, UT

It looks like the Utes have done exactly as you requested, xert, by switching Marcus Sanders-Williams (5-11, 222 lbs) from RB to LB.

layton, ut

Jeeze, this is horrible news! Foot injuries take a while to heal fully. I would expect him to be out the whole season. VJ Fehoko and LT Filiaga must be kicking themselves. They transferred thinking they were gonna be buried behind Gionni, and Jacoby now neither look like they'll be ready to go in the fall. Still, starting Masina, Blechen, and Whittingham will be a solid LB line up. Thor Katoa better be ready to play when he gets here later this summer.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Ouch! I hope we get Paul back for fall. Jacoby Hale will likely miss part of the season and could get a medical redshirt so we can't count on him. We need Paul and Wittingham back in the fall to anchor a group of linebackers that is suddenly very thin.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

I tend to favor more of a 3-4 Defense rather than Whittingham's preferred 4-3. However, after having watched both of our top two LBs go down before Fall camp, it's a good thing we won't be running a 3-4. We just don't have enough bodies for it. And even at a 4-3, we're now trying to convert a RB who's only 5-11 to plug the hole. And he's most likely the best guy we have left for it. xert's suggestion of converting a QB wouldn't work this year, since the only QBs we'll have that are over 210 would be Wilson and Isom. Utah needs Wilson under Center, and Isom will be a true freshman, who hadn't even set foot on campus yet.

I sure hope Paul can make it back on the field by the Fall.

Go Utes!


"Whittingham, though, said doctors wouldn't know for sure until they got in there and did the surgery."

Bill Riley (via Twitter): "I've been told that the surgery on Gionni Paul's foot was successful and he's expected back 100% by fall camp."

Let's hope the prognosis remains positive throughout the rehab process. Good luck, Gionni!


romeisn'tburning, Thor Katoa is submitting his mission papers and isn't expected to join the team this year. Also, he's expected to gain weight to play DE.

Frisco, TX

When Collinsworth was injured and not able to play in the NCAA, a frequent poster on BYU articles wrote the following. I'm sure the Utes will have someone to step up, to ensure they win their 5 games this year.

"Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT
tough for him, but every team has injuries. Good teams have players step up.

byu is going to the NIT like I said they would all season

And the wcc is a one bid league."

Layton, Utah

Chris B
He'll be the Rose bowl and National Championship MVP right? and win a super bowl right?

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Speedy recovery!! Sounds like a fine young man.

Salt Lake City, UT


"Bill Riley (via Twitter): "I've been told that the surgery on Gionni Paul's foot was successful and he's expected back 100% by fall camp."

This is good news and indicates the break didn't damage tendons, etc.

I would like to hear official word from the Utah Athletic Dept.

West Point , UT

Better question...why aren't there any other PAC12 fans on here? Answer, they just don't care. U are an afterthought, or a hiccup if they actually overlook U, but they just don't care. At least we BYU faithful care enough to argue with U. U should be grateful, because no one else does. Btw, I'm grateful that U care enough to comment on just about every BYU article, most often even posting the first or second comment, and then have the thoughtfulness of asking why BYU fans are here. Why do U comment so much on WCC Indy BYU, Chris?

As for Gionni Paul I wish him a speedy recovery. He sounds like a good guy and strong leader. Glad to hear he'll make it for fall.

Pocatello, ID


"But I will call utah "fans" out for their comments that are obviously incorrect, such as azures and chris b's, they are constantly on here proclaiming themselves all knowledgeable and in the know as if they are personally consulted by utah's coaches and every recruiting "expert" in the country. yes it is fun to point out their hyperbole."

So it's ok for you to make hyperbolic statements and proclaim yourself as knowledgeable and privy to the facts, but not other people?

let's roll

Heal quickly, go to class, rehab with a passion, keep your head up.

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