Utah football: Whittingham says Sam Brenner 'appears to be OK'

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  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Nov. 27, 2011 12:36 a.m.

    Almost as sad as the injuries is the insecurities and lack of character displayed by people who would talk smack on a report about a near-paralyzing injury. At least Sam and John White and Kruger will get the best medical attention available. People with lack of character have to first admit that they have a problem and then seek help on their own. That is not a sure happening.

    I was disappointed in yesterday's game, but at least the Utes will play in a bowl game. More exciting (because it was less expected), Utah State is bowl eligible. Not very often that three Utah teams get that honor. The Armed Forces Bowl is not the highest honor we can have, but I'm still excited to watch the Cougars play there, and hope for the best on Oahu.

  • niners SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Nov. 26, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    "utah is going to a bowl game?"

    Wow this comment has 4 recommendations....This is sad. I don't know any other way to describe it. Some classless fans do not understand how to put things into perspective. I hope if something like this ever happened to BYU, Utah fans would have the class not to post anything like that...

    Anyways, thank goodness Brenner is okay! That was a scary moment that put sports into perspective for a moment....Sports prove to be very insignificant when something like that happens.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    Huge sigh of relief. Man that was a quiet, tough moment when Brenner was down.

    When you think about it, these guys, especially the linemen take a lot and sacrifice a lot to play football. Especially the offensive linemen - they don't catch passes, they don't run the ball, they don't throw passes, they don't score points, and if they have any statistics under their name, it is usually a penalty. Sure they get scholarships, but the amount of pounding they take - the injuries, and risks to their own health like this one really makes me admire the guys that play their hearts out - win or lose. We sometimes selfish and ungrateful fans need to stop and thank these guys for their efforts and willingness to risk themselves for our entertainment. Win or lose, these guys on whatever team - BYU included :) deserve our thanks and respect. Especially the linemen!

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    Best to Brenner and the other injured.


    Cali Coug | 6:43 p.m. Nov. 25, 2011
    Visalia, CA
    utah is going to a bowl game?

    No smack talk on injury articles, please.

    That also includes Ute fans. Have you learned nothing? Smack talking a smack talker only ratchets up the smack talk. We Cougar fans, who you failed to notice make up 7 of the first 16 well-wishers -- including the first three -- will police our own.

  • Royal Blue BYU Rexburg, ID
    Nov. 26, 2011 12:14 p.m.

    Glad to hear he's okay! Hoping for a speedy recovery for White IV and Kruger as well.

  • Laurels Sandy, UT
    Nov. 26, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    Thank you for your comments oldcougar!

    I believe both Utah and BYU's football teams are in a better position now than if they had remained with the MWC.

    All the best to Brenner for a full and speedy recovery. It is a relief to hear his injury wasn't as serious as they originally thought it was. Hope White and Kruger heal up PDQ as well.

    Go Utes! And yes...this Ute fan is genuinely pulling for BYU's program to excel in the upcoming years.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Nov. 26, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    Great news about Brenner...very scary stuff. I wish him and White and Kruger speedy recoveries all around. I'm proud of the Utes (yes, I am a Coug). Breaking into the PAC 12, without a proven QB, has been a tall order. Coach Whit, staff, and players have done well. I believe they will be a PAC 12 contender in years to come.

    Cougs, lose the smack...especially on an article like this.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 26, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    From a BYU fan....Hope all turns out OK for all the players. It is just a game and I hope they recover and enjoy their college playing days. This is why school is so important. Education must come first. Sports should be at a lower level.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Nov. 26, 2011 6:51 a.m.

    Glad to hear he's going to be ok...

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 26, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    The best for a quick and full recovery for both him and John White. I hate career-ending injuries for any player of any team to suffer. May the healing process be short and effective.

  • 86&90UTE Holladay, UT
    Nov. 26, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    I was at the game... scary moment. Colorado players were totally classy with their reverence during the medical attention and Utah player prayers. Thank you CU. So glad Sam is doing ok.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Nov. 25, 2011 10:34 p.m.

    KSL News just reported that Brenner has full motion, and w-rays came back negative.

    I think all are breathing a collective sigh of relief, and may we all continue to wish for a complete and speedy recovery.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    Nov. 25, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    You know when someone in a football game is seriously hurt when members of the opposing team gather to wish you well, either in prayer or in a moment of reverent silence. I didn't watch the game but based on what I heard on the radio, it sounds like the Colorado players were doing that.

    Great to hear Brenner is doing okay. Those moments are always so terrifying.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Nov. 25, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    Thanks DN for the update.

    Hope Brenner continues to make progress toward a full recovery.

    Nov. 25, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    Good news, I hope he recovers quickly.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 25, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    I'm glad Brenner is ok that was a scary moment. I hope these guys can recover in time to play in the bowl game.

    coug fans this is not the article that you should be taking shots on. This is about a player that was almost paralyzed today. Feel free to comment on the other articles but have a little class on this one.

    This was a tough way to end the season. I hope the Utes can win their bowl game for recruiting and to take a little momentum into next season.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Nov. 25, 2011 8:05 p.m.

    @Cali Coug

    Yeah, can you believe it? Utah's going to a bowl game! And ironically, even at only 7-5, it's going to be a better game than whatever bowl game BYU is going to. Yep, independence is awesome and the PAC12 is lame!

    Oh, and thanks for bringing the smack into an article about a potentially serious player injury...BYU fans always keeping it classy!

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Nov. 25, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    Glad to hear it. All rivalries aside, it is just a game and so sad (and scary) to see young men get hurt, especially like this.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Nov. 25, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    Glad to hear that Sam Brenner is going to be OK.

    Good luck to Brenner and White on your recoveries.

  • Cali Coug Visalia, CA
    Nov. 25, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Hopefully the injuries are not serious.

  • Cali Coug Visalia, CA
    Nov. 25, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    utah is going to a bowl game?