Utah junior linebacker Gionni Paul, voted a team captain for spring, is expected to miss about 5 to 6 months with a broken foot.
Paul underwent surgery Thursday. Head coach Kyle Whittingham's timetable indicates Paul is likely to miss the start of the 2014 season.
A 5-foot-10, 227-pound transfer from Miami who sat out last season while redshirting, Paul was expected to bolster a linebacker corps that includes juniors Jared Norris and Jason Whittingham and senior Jacoby Hale. But Hale tore his ACL this spring and Whittingham is out for spring while rehabbing an injury, and suddenly one of Utah's apparent strengths is looking like an unknown.