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Playmaking strong safety Brian Blechen is expected to be back in Utah's starting lineup for Saturday's Pac-12 opener at Arizona State after serving a three-game suspension for violating undisclosed team rules.
The 6-foot-2 junior is listed as the starter on the new depth chart and coach Kyle Whittingham said Monday he expects Blechen to play very well based on his effort the past month while working with the scout team.
Blechen had three interceptions and three forced fumbles last season, and blocked a field goal.
In his 2010 college debut, he intercepted a pass on the first play of overtime to set up Utah's upset of Pittsburgh.
The Utes also expect running back John White back from an ankle injury and free safety Eric Rowe back from a strained hamstring.
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By LYNN DeBRUIN
AP Sports Writer
SALT LAKE CITY -- As Utah quarterback Jon Hays met with reporters this week, giant red turf burns were visible along both elbows and he spoke of soreness throughout his body.
For a player once without a team, then so far under the radar two freshmen were generating more buzz, Hays was hardly complaining. The QB not recruited by any Division I school...