SALT LAKE CITY — It’s a good thing Troy McCormick is comfortable with change, because it looks like the Utes will need the senior to adapt again.
The versatile athlete was nine when his family fled Hurricane Katrina, and in the years after that, McCormick learned how to thrive in whatever circumstance he faced.
After Tuesday’s practice, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham announced that McCormick, who moved to slot receiver during spring camp, was moving back to his original position — running back.
Junior Armand Shyne suffered an undisclosed injury, and Whittingham said the move was to deal with “depth” issues. Shyne and sophomore Zack Moss were battling for the No. 1 spot, with sophomore Devonta’e Henry Cole currently nipping at their heels.
Running backs coach Kiel McDonald said the running backs as a group are sad for Shyne, but they’ve played football long enough that they’ve dealt with this reality repeatedly.
“It’s always tough when a young man gets injured,” McDonald said. “Everybody knows the standard in the room. It’s a next man up mentality. And not only does Zack need to step up; but Devonta’e Henry Cole has to step up; Jordan Howard has to step up; TJ Green needs to step up. A lot of guys need to step up.”
He said the players have rallied around Shyne and each other.
“It’s actually given us a little boost,” he said of the emotional energy among the running backs.