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Utah cornerback Reggie Porter out for season with knee injury

Sam Cooper
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Sep 14, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Richard Mullaney (8) makes a catch while defended by Utah Utes defensive back Reginald Porter (29) during the first quarter at Rice-Eccles Stadium. (Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports)

A projected starter on Utah’s defense will miss the entire 2014 season.

Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham said Wednesday that redshirt sophomore cornerback Reggie Porter injured his knee during Tuesday’s scrimmage and will be out for the year. Whittingham said it did not appear to be severe initially, but further examination revealed the true extent of Porter’s injury.

“We didn’t think much of it when it happened,” Whittingham said. “He didn’t think much of it. Looked good from an initial exam, but upon further examination, he’s done for the season.”

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Porter was listed as a starter and Whittingham said that he “might have been Utah’s best cornerback” in preseason camp thus far.

“He’s a guy we were counting on,” Whittingham said.

The 5-foot-11, 181-pound Porter played in 11 games for the Utes last year as a redshirt freshman, starting twice. He made 10 tackles and broke up one pass. Porter redshirted the 2012 season.

Porter, a native of Amite, La., was a three-star recruit in Utah’s 2012 class.

In Porter’s absence, Whittingham said that safety Brian Allen will move over to corner.

For more Utah news, visit Utezone.com.

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