Utah announces season-ending injury to veteran tight end
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham revealed Monday night on his Coach’s Show that tight end Thomas Yassmin has undergone surgery that will keep him out for the rest of the 2023 season.
Add another to the injury list.
He becomes the fifth Utah player that we know of to suffer a season-ending injury, joining running backs Micah Bernard and Chris Curry, wide receiver Mycah Pittman, and defensive end Logan Fano.
Utah is also still waiting for tight end Brant Kuithe to make his season debut, but Whittingham said Monday that a medical redshirt for Kuithe (and quarterback Cameron Rising) is on the table seven weeks in. Depth at the position that was once a major strength has become perilous.
The hope was that Yassmin could make a move in Kuithe’s absence and become a central part of the passing attack, but that didn’t quite happen. Yassmin had five catches for 30 yards before a three-catch, 59-yard day against Oregon State in a loss. He was injured in the game and missed last week’s 34-14 win over Cal.
Mikey Matthews had seven of the 15 completions in the Cal game. No tight end caught a pass.
Without Yassmin, Utah will likely turn to Auburn transfer Landen King and junior Miki Suguturaga. No other tight end has played an offensive snap for Utah yet this year. King has two catches for 16 yards and a score this year, but he’s a bit undersized for a Utah tight end. Suguturaga has two catches for 30 yards.