Utes WR Britain Covey shares severity of injury suffered during Pac-12 title game

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  • VikingZag College Station, TX
    Dec. 13, 2018 8:57 a.m.

    @Real Ute
    Covey's faith is mentioned to explain why such a dynamic player was away for two years. Also, you're reading an article from the Deseret News. Most readers here do care. I hope he recovers well. Covey is exciting to watch, but I always cringe when he gets hit.

  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:49 p.m.

    This is really a tough loss for Utah. He is without question the most valuable offensive player they have.

  • UteinIdaho Sandpoint, ID
    Dec. 12, 2018 6:02 p.m.

    REALLY sucks that it happened on a kickoff return that should have never even been returned. That's the way it goes though. Pretty positive attitude in his tweet. Wouldn't expect anything else from this kid

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 12, 2018 2:12 p.m.

    @But seriously folks!:

    "This year was a fluke for the utes. Next year they will be back to normal."

    You'd think that after being wrong every year for so many years that some of these byu fans would learn to temper their predictions.

    I can't imagine living with so much angst.

    It's always a great day to be a Ute!

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 1:10 p.m.

    Timid sparrow,
    Nah, just a realist. This year was a fluke for the utes. Next year they will be back to normal. The pac is yet another story. They will continue the slide into irrelevance and probably not be considered part of the p4 again for some time.

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Dec. 12, 2018 12:14 p.m.

    Gosh, we've lost some great playmakers, but the O-line is healthy, many other O-weapons as well, as is our entire, unreal defense. I think Utah will bring it folks!

    Gooooooo Utes!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:32 a.m.

    @but seriously folks

    "The utes will not be contending next year as the rest of the pac will be better, and the utes will.....just be the utes."

    The hate is strong with you, young paduan...

  • Taylor99 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:28 a.m.

    Best of luck to Covey during his recovery. Love watching him play. He has the heart and will of a champion. He'll be back and he will be as great as ever. Glad he's a Ute!

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:24 a.m.

    Why is it important for Britain Covey's faith to be stated? Everyone is different, believe what they care to is all. The focus of this article is his tragic injuries. The U of U is a state school. "Faith" should not be mentioned.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:03 a.m.

    65TossPowerTrap "Covey should consider skipping the UW game next year."
    By that logic, BYU quarterbacks should skip playing USU.

    Orem Parent "Typical Utah. They ride and ride a player until he is hurt."
    Isn't that what every football team does?
    Except down south, where they let a player put off surgery to play...
    and get hurt again.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:00 a.m.

    Get well soon.

  • Utahute72 Tooele, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 9:55 a.m.

    The worst injuries in football generally come from non-contact injuries. This was the case of Covey. You could see the leg give out before the actual hit. It is an absurdity that he was over used, he was used on about 15% of the plays, including punt returns. Some would argue he was under utilized. It just seems like he was used more because he was used so often in critical situations. It's also absurd to suggest he skip a game for fear of injury. He's a football player and players accept the challenge. Others have suggested he not return punts, which is also dumb. He's best in open space and punt and kickoff returns offer the best chance for him to be able to run in a broken field.

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 9:54 a.m.

    Covey is the only option that the utes have. There is no next man up on the hill after Covey.
    If Covey is half the athlete that Taysom Hill is he should be back full force next year. Time will tell but I doubt it.

    The utes will not be contending next year as the rest of the pac will be better, and the utes will.....just be the utes.

  • JackRyanSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 8:38 a.m.

    Funny, funny stuff...it is so awesome to see how so many people think they know more than whit or BC. Football is brutal...stuff happens. BC was not overused...it was a freak accident. BC would do it all over again. Every kid is different...so funny about all you arm chair experts on how long it takes to be fit after a mission, how long to recover from a knee, how much whit should play his guys, etc... May I offer some most humble advice? Just cheer for and support the kid...he is one of the toughest leaders we have had go through the program. All of this other noise is incredible naive and a waste of energy.

  • Robroy Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 7:59 a.m.

    I can see Covey playing in the pros in a couple of years. He has the potential to be a nice slot receiver ala the guys that have been great for the Pats and others over the years. Tough kid. Speedy recovery.

  • payara OREM, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 7:39 a.m.

    Whit leaned on Covey too much especially after such a short time back from his mission. It takes a full year to get the mission rust out and back into game shape. Covey will never say no when called on but clearly Whit disregarded Covey's health and used him far to often.

    Covey's heart is as big as the state of Utah and he will never say no no matter how dinged up he is and it falls on the coaches to be wiser when they ask him to put his small body in there play after play after play.

  • Jackie Treehorn St George, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 7:26 a.m.

    Trigotan: "Has medical science advanced to the point where a player can come back and be effective the next season?"

    It has advanced significantly since the '90s. For ACL-only injury, return to full activity is typically 6-7 months. If a meniscus is damaged and partially removed, typically 6-9 month return. If a meniscus is repaired rather than removed, return is more typically 9+ months.

    Every case is different, so these are very general figures, but there's at least a possibility he could be back in a starting position for 2019 opener.

  • LDScarpedeim Farmington, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 5:47 a.m.

    There is no injury that can affect his heart and competitive spirit. Briton is a gift.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:56 p.m.

    BC didn’t take a beating from UW in Game 2, he experienced a fluke injury.

    But this FACT didn’t prevent the insecure-headcases on the UW sideline from gloating over it.....Their obsession w/seeing the most diminutive player on the field experience the most pain in this year’s games was utterly bizarre.....It certainly didn’t occur w/our kids their own size.

    At least BC didn’t give them the satisfaction of seeing him carted from the field.

    Go Utes!

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:18 p.m.

    Hope you heal quickly and completely Britain. I appreciate your positive outlook and will say a prayer for a speedy recovery.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 10:03 p.m.

    Put 100% of the blame on the coaches. Typical Utah. They ride and ride a player until he is hurt.

    Covey should be used In the right situations but not every situation.

  • Trigotan Kennewick, WA
    Dec. 11, 2018 9:28 p.m.

    @ Uteology - I know that 65TossPowerTrap can be snarky, but he has a point. If you look at the games vs UW compared to the other games, the Huskies really abused him physically more than any other team. Covey may have a big heart, but the laws of physics state that the odds are stacked against him. Not saying that he should -and absolutely he won't - skip the UW game next year, but he is facing legitimate long term health risks if he keeps taking hits like that.

  • Trigotan Kennewick, WA
    Dec. 11, 2018 9:21 p.m.

    I'm no orthopedic surgeon. It seems like in the past a torn ACL would mean a guy was out of football completely for a year, and wasn't back to 100% until the second season after the injury. Jamal Anderson is an example. Deshaun Watson seemed to return from his torn ACL pretty quickly though. Has medical science advanced to the point where a player can come back and be effective the next season? The first game is only 8.5 months away.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2018 8:59 p.m.

    65TossPowerTrap - Salmon, ID
    Dec. 11, 2018 3:08 p.m.
    Covey should consider skipping the UW game next year. He took a beating this year from the Huskies.


    So did BYU.

    Is BYU planning on not showing up next year?

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 8:41 p.m.

    Godspeed in your rehab.

  • Zaruski SLC, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 4:13 p.m.

    Good grief man. Let's just keep this guy off the field against UDub from now on. He's gonna end up in a body cast!

  • Michigan Cougsfan68 Ann Arbor, MI
    Dec. 11, 2018 3:55 p.m.

    An exciting player to watch when he is not shredding my Cougs! Godspeed and full recovery BC! Hope Coach Whit and the Utes use your talents better the next 2 seasons!

  • HS Sport Dude Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 3:40 p.m.

    I really like this guy and his skill set. I do wish him well and hope he recovers 100%. Unfortunately, any injury to the meniscus is very hard to recover from and be 100%.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Dec. 11, 2018 3:32 p.m.

    Happened to be in town the winter of his senior HS basketball season.

    He wasn't the best basketball player on his team, but he was the most valuable or most "clutch" on the team.

    Turned something on the last 2-3 minutes of the game and led his team to victory.

    Awesome young man.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Dec. 11, 2018 3:08 p.m.

    Covey should consider skipping the UW game next year. He took a beating this year from the Huskies.

  • rslutefan Gilbert, AZ
    Dec. 11, 2018 2:54 p.m.

    Love Covey, and I suppose either him or the coaches were trying to spark something offensively but it was not a smart move to bring it out. The statistics prove it. The touchback rate is 46.6%. The return rate is 41.4.% Fair Catch is 8.2%. However, from 2015 to 2018 average resulting field position is at the 24.5-yard line. You get it at the 25 essentially by not trying. The big issue is that big returns (greater than 40 yards) happened 1.9% of the time.

    So you basically, statistically, have nearly a 98% chance to get it at the 25 with no injuries and a 2% chance to do better than that.

    With those odds, as much as Whitt loves his special teams, he should fair catch or touchback every single time on kickoffs. The reality is the NCAA (who really doesn't care about player safety anyway) should just have an automatic you get it at the 25. Plus we would save an extra TV timeout every time!!

    Britain, wishing you a quick and full recovery. Unfortunate and unnecessary injury. Hopefully, everyone learns from that.

  • Minnesota Ute Bloomington, MN
    Dec. 11, 2018 2:44 p.m.

    It's rare to see a great player who is also such a great person. Get well quick. Go UTES.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2018 2:32 p.m.

    I will be praying that this is only a "minor setback and a major miracle" of a recovery.

    This is another test of faith and we all know how Britain aces these tests. See you soon Brit.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2018 2:28 p.m.

    Heal up, we'll need you to contend for the 2019 PAC-12 title.

  • Sparkley Briefs New York, NY
    Dec. 11, 2018 2:13 p.m.

    Arrrrghhh, the Utes fair catch kickoffs all year long and the one they try to bring out ends in tragedy. Covey is such a great player to watch. I wish him a speedy recovery and guiltily hope he returns next year to play, despite the risk of further injury.

  • Lets tell the truth Highland, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 1:51 p.m.

    From BYU fans, get well quickly young man. You may wear the red, but you are from our backyard and we appreciate what you bring to the game and to the community.

  • NORCALUTE Modesto, CA
    Dec. 11, 2018 1:23 p.m.

    Praying for you...get well soon! All of us here in Ute Country love you! Go Utes!

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 11, 2018 12:34 p.m.

    Best of luck with a speedy recovery. A great player and fun to watch. Even more important, a great human being. All the best!

  • CO Ute Chandler, AZ
    Dec. 11, 2018 12:18 p.m.

    Football has lots of irony. In the first game against UW Covey got hit hard again and again yet didn’t have a major injury. In the championship game he has a significant injury that was probably from bad field conditions and not a hit from the opponent.

    Best of luck on a full and speedy recovery. Hope this doesn’t impact playing time next season.