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Utah running back Sausan Shakerin has suffered his last concussion as a Ute. Shakerin, a sophomore who has a history of suffering several concussions and missed four games earlier this season due to concussion symptoms, suffered another one at Notre Dame and has been medically disqualified.
"He was a guy we thought had a great upside and a lot of potential," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "He had been, at least on paper, positioned to be the guy who succeeds Matt [Asiata] and Eddie [Wide]. Losing him throws a wrench into that plan."
Shakerin, who had 12 carries for 105 yards in six games this year, came to the Utes as one of the top players in the state after earning MVP honors at Alta High School in Sandy.
Ranked by Scout.com as the No. 20 high school running back in the country as a senior, Shakerin's career was plagued with injuries.
He played in nine games in 2009, finishing with 36 carries for 198 yards and a touchdown. He missed three games with a broken wrist.
The Utes have 28 Californians on their roster. Quarterback Jordan Wynn is one of eight from within 100 miles of San Diego. The others are offensive linemen Sam Brenner, Tevita Stevens and John Cullen, receiver Sean Fitzgerald, linebacker Chad Manis, defensive end Trevor Reilly and safety Justin Taplin-Ross.
Linebacker J.J. Williams is out for the season after aggravating his foot injury at Notre Dame, Whittingham said. The junior started for the first time this year against the Irish and finished with three tackles.
Defensive lineman Junior Tui'one (calf) could miss the San Diego State game.
Manis (ankle) and tight end Brad Clifford (shoulder) should be able to play against the Aztecs.