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BYU receiver Nick Kurtz to miss 6-8 weeks with foot injury

Sam Cooper
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BYU has high expectations for junior college transfer Nick Kurtz in 2014, but the Cougars will have to wait a little longer than expected before seeing him in action.

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that Kurtz, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound wide receiver, will be out 6-8 weeks due to a stress fracture in his left foot. BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced the news following the Cougars’ scrimmage Saturday morning. Per the Tribune, Kurtz was seen at the scrimmage in a walking boot.

Despite Kurtz’s injury, Mendenhall was quick to point out his team’s depth at that position.

“Luckily, we have depth at receiver at this point,” Mendenhall said. “But Nick Kurtz was doing a really nice job.”

If Kurtz were to miss six weeks, he’d be out in BYU’s games against Connecticut, Texas, Houston and Virginia. In Kurtz’s absence, receivers like Devon Blackmon, Ross Apo and Kurt Henderson will need to step up.

Kurtz was highly sought after as a junior college recruit coming out of Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif. He was rated four stars by Rivals and was considered to be the No. 22 overall junior college player in the country. He caught 18 touchdowns in two seasons at Grossmont and was expected to take over as a starter for the Cougars.

He chose BYU over offers from programs like Kansas State, LSU, Oregon, Texas Tech and USC.

For more BYU news, visit CougarNation.com.

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