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Injuries hampering Utes' offensive line
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The most undecided offensive position for the Utes going into the opener with Utah State will be along the offensive line, not at quarterback.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham , who said the Utes were "getting close" to deciding a starting quarterback, said offensive linemen Walter Watts and Caleb Schlauderaff could be questionable for the game.

Both have knee injuries. Schlauderaff injured his Monday and Watts had a scope performed on his knee.

"We're still in a state of flux," he said. "We don't know exactly who will be available, but we have plans."

One possibility is moving center Zane Taylor to right guard in place of Watts. Taylor practiced at guard during fall camp.

The absence of Schlauderaff would be crucial since he has started for the Utes since he was a freshman.

"I can tell you if Caleb is ready, even if he hasn't practiced one time before the game and he is cleared to play, he'll go," Whittingham said.

As for the quarterbacks, Whittingham said it's likely a starter won't be announced before the game against Utah State.

However, junior college transfer Terrance Cain continues to take the majority of the snaps with the No. 1 offense.

For the fans

Utah and Utah State is hosting a blood drive Aug. 28-Sept. 3. Donors will receive a "bleed red" t-shirt and will be eligible to win prizes including tickets to the Utah/BYU game.

Blood drive locations will be in the A. Ray Olpin Union Ballroom, Crimson View in the Union, Salt Lake LDS Institute and in the ARUP "Bloodmobile" just north of the University Bookstore. ... Utah and BYU fans have a chance to compete with one another and raise money for a good cause Saturday when the Bikes for Kids Utah Time Trial is held. For more information on the event, go to http://www.bikesforkidsutah.com" Target="_BLANK">http://www.bikesforkidsutah.com or call 801-523-3730.

Tidbits

Offensive tackle Zane Beadles is one of 18 players who will write weekly diaries throughout the season for Sporting News Today . The series begins this week at sportingnewstoday.com. Readers must sign up for the free service. ... Whittingham's radio show debuts Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at the Ken Garff Hyundai in downtown Salt Lake City. The show can be heard on 700 AM.

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