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December 3, 2018

BYU running back Matt Hadley fractured his leg vs. Utah, won’t play in Cougars’ bowl game


A couple of BYU football players who were injured in the Nov. 24 loss to Utah might be able to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Western Michigan, Cougars coach Kalani Sitake said Monday.

But one certainly won’t.

Senior running back Matt Hadley suffered a fractured leg early in the second half in Utah’s 35-27 come-from-behind win over the Cougars.

“Tough guy. Walked off [the field] on his own and everything,” Sitake said. “We will miss him, but it is good to get the other guys back.”

BYU’s top two backs, senior Squally Canada (concussion) and Lopini Katoa (knee), didn’t play against the Utes.

Canada has been cleared to play in the Dec. 21 bowl game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, while Katoa “is cutting it close” to getting back and is questionable.

Linebacker Isaiah Kaufusi left the rivalry game with an undisclosed injury, but won’t be counted out of the bowl game.

Corbin Kaufusi played with several injuries that will require surgery, and definitely won’t play for the Cougars again as he looks forward to being ready for the NFL Combine in February.

Sitake said the Cougars will practice six days this week and six days next week before leaving for Boise on Dec. 17.

“After not being in a bowl game last year, we are really excited about this one and I think it is going to be a lot of fun going to Boise,” he said.

Rushing Statistics
Lopini Katoa 76 423 5.6 50 8
Squally Canada 91 412 4.5 46 5
Matt Hadley 72 383 5.3 40 (TD) 6
Riley Burt 46 213 4.6 20 1

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