Utah Utes football notebook: Concussion ends Sausan Shakerin's football career

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  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 2:10 p.m.

    Makes you wonder "what if"...

    What if he had taken the year off when he had his first concussion earlier this year.......I mean...why risk it? Now he will never know how good he might have been~

    Why didn't the Doctors recommend a year off?

  • SportzFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 9:59 a.m.

    One of the all-time studs in Utah high school football, whose best years as a Ute were ahead of him.

    Best of luck going forward.

  • Aggie Fan South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 9:27 a.m.

    Shak? Wow, this is very sad news. As an Alta Alumn, many years before him I was rooting for him. He was amazing to watch back in high school. He was the best High School running back the state has seen. That includes Langi and I love Langi to. Shak, best of luck to you in the future. This is horrible news. Again, best of luck to you and your family. Dang, this is sad.

  • FromWA Olympia, WA
    Nov. 17, 2010 9:03 a.m.

    From a Coug, I wish him the best and the Utes a fine replacement for next year.

  • Scoreboard Anchorage, AK
    Nov. 17, 2010 3:00 a.m.

    Sorry to hear the bad news. I hope Shak is able to take these "lemons" that life has handed him and make lemonade.

    Best of luck

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    Pretty crass. Sausan has a serious injury with long term implications and we're feeling sorry for a football team. All we can think about is a replacement, maybe Aaron Harris, to entertain us.

  • yankee doodle Layton, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    Sad to hear news like this for players. wish him all the best. I remember him running all over Bingham when he was at Alta.

  • TAGZZ SLC, Utah
    Nov. 16, 2010 4:26 p.m.

    Way to go JMT... You come on here and talk crap on an article about a player that can no longer play due to injuries... Just how much more pathetic can BYU fans get!! This is not an article about BYU so leave the trash talk out of it saying you are going to beat us... What a joke!!

    Putting that aside, Shak was our running back for the PAC... He was going to be our go to guy in the back field next year... This is a sad day for Utah Fans but an even sadder day for Shak... God bless you and may you succeed in everything that you do, And thank you for those great Long Run TDs buddy, You will surely be missed!!

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 3:37 p.m.

    That's a shame. Always sad to hear of an athletes career ending prematurely because of injuries. He looked like he would be a good back.


    No. Langi will not be going to utah. They were barely even a consideration for him to begin with.

  • Over the Top Rigby, ID
    Nov. 16, 2010 2:16 p.m.

    I am sad for him and the Ute program. He had a bright football future ahead of him. I hate to see anyone's football career end because of an injury - especially concussion-related. My best to Mr. Shakerin and his future without football.

  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 16, 2010 12:59 p.m.

    Sorry to hear about this story. This coug fan wishes the best for him in the future.

  • JustAnotherAverageGuy Holladay, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 10:53 a.m.

    I wonder if this will sway Langi from Bingham to give the U a harder look.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 10:53 a.m.

    This is sad. I always hate to see anyone get seriously injured - and concussions are especially insidious and can affect a person the rest of his life. Sausan had the potential to be another in a long line of solid Ute running backs. I remember hoping the Cougars would land him back when he was playing at Alta.

    Best wishes to him for the rest of his college experience and in his life.

  • Petey72 Layton, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    Shaks one of the best athletes ever to come from our school sad to see him not continue at the nxt level good luck shak

  • Just Truth Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    I always hate to hear this kind of news, rivalry aside.

    Shakerin's name stands out to me, even though the Ute program is a passing fancy at best. When I've seen him play he has looked to be a good option for the future of Utah running backs, a position I deem the Utes biggest strength throughout the years if ever there was a lasting tradition of great players at any one spot (Sorry if that sounds like a backhanded compliment; it's hard enough to give credit where it's due, so I'm not about to give more credit than is due).

    Good luck Shakerin with your future! Good luck Utes with finding a worthy replacement. Take it to the Pac-10 in the coming years! Play every team with as much determination as when you play BYU and you'll do give 'em all fits!

  • Skierelmo Oakley, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 8:57 a.m.

    Shak is one of the nicest kids I've ever met... took a couple pictures with my then five year old son, and has been one of his favorite players ever since.... Good luck with all you do!
    sincerely, another athlete who got to injured to play.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Nov. 16, 2010 8:18 a.m.

    Utes need to go hard after Junior College Aaron Harris out of Chula Vista (Dec. grad)

    He's a four star -5'11 200lbs and runs a 4.4.

    Harris has torn it up at the JC level for the past two years - would also be available for spring camp.

    GO GET'm Utes!!

  • JMT Springville, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 5:40 a.m.

    Really sorry to hear this. I've never met him but followed him since high school. Interesting that some players seems to get more concussions than others. Even age seems to play a factor. As an example Steve Young never had problems then the his last season he had a few, Troy Aikman also.

    I wish him the best, and all humor aside, he gets tremendous memories and hopefully a great education.

    Also, BYU beats New Mexico and Utah, wins the bowl game and finishes 8-5, setting up a great year next year.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 3:07 a.m.

    When it rains, it pours

    Shakerin had some good potential. It is too bad for Utah football, but hopefully Sausan was able to get a good headstart in his academic career with the football scholarship.