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Utah announced Wednesday morning that leading receiver Dres Anderson will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Anderson, a senior, redshirted in 2010 and has played in seven games this season — over the limit for an NCAA hardship waiver.

He has 355 yards and four touchdowns this season and ranks fifth in school history with 2,077 yards.

He sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of Utah's 24-21 victory over USC, according to the sports information staff, but continued playing and was on the field on the game-winning touchdown.

After Tuesday's practice, Anderson was not available for media requests. Coach Kyle Whittingham hinted that he might have information on season-ending or long-term injuries on Wednesday.

The loss is a significant one: Anderson is a team captain, was one of Utah's representatives at Pac-12 Media Day, and was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 last season after totaling 1,002 yards. Anderson provided some of the most memorable moments of any Utah receiver over the last two seasons, including a touchdown catch against two defenders in Utah's upset over then-No. 8 UCLA.

Utah's passing game has struggled this season, averaging only 192.1 yards through the air and ranking No. 11 in the Pac-12. Anderson was the team's primary deep threat, averaging over 16 yards per catch.

The Utes have options to replace him: Competing receivers Kenneth Scott and Tim Patrick may now line up on opposite sides of the field. Utah also has freshman receiver Kenric Young behind Anderson on the latest depth chart. Young impressed at times during camp but has not played since the first two games against Idaho State and Fresno State.

The Tribune will update this story after Wednesday's practice.

— Matthew Piper and Kyle Goon

Twitter: @matthew_piper —

Utes lose team leader

Dres Anderson will finish his career on the sideline for Utah. Over the years, he's managed to put up big numbers:

• 2,077 receiving yards (5th in school history)

• 134 receptions (10th in school history)

• 17 receiving touchdowns (tied for 6th in school history)

• 7 games with 100 or more receiving yards (tied for 4th in school history)

• 15.5 career yards per catch average