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Utah football: CSU is a homecoming for Utah LB

Published October 5, 2009 9:34 pm

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Utah's road game to CSU will be a trip home for Utah sophomore J.J. Williams , a backup linebacker who grew up in Aurora, Colo., and whose family lives less than an hour away from CSU.

"I'll have some friends and family members there," he said.

Williams shouldn't have trouble landing extra tickets for the game since he is the only player the Utes have on their roster from Colorado. The Utes don't recruit the state very hard, preferring to focus on denser areas such as California and Texas.

Williams originally attended Air Force, but decided to transfer after a test revealed he was colorblind, which prevented him from becoming a pilot.

His father, Doug , who was a running back at BYU, put in a call to his former teammate coach Kyle Whittingham .

Williams accepted an invitation to walk on and now is a consistent contributor.

"I can't think of a better place for me now," he said. "I've had a great experience here."

Injury report

Whittingham said backup running back Sausan Shakerin (shoulder, wrist) and offensive lineman Walter Watts (knee) are questionable for Saturday.

Defender Lei Talamaivao is out for three to four weeks with a cracked fibula.

Sophomore Sealver Siliga will start in Talamaivao's place.

Freshman Tevita Stevens , who has rotated with Watts at right guard, will start.

No updates

Whittingham had no updates on the situation in the islands following the tsunami that affected several players' families, including Siliga and junior offensive lineman Neli A'asa .

"It's a tough deal, an extremely tough deal," he said. "They're working through it."

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