Utah’s starting quarterback might be the biggest news but the sad news of a player getting critically injured steals the zeal.
University of Utah Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Wilets confirmed in a media release that the former Westlake High School star, a redshirt freshman, Moana Ofahengaue was in critical condition.
Utah defensive lineman Moana, the school confirmed, is in a critical condition after a motorbike accident Sunday night.
Any further details haven’t been disclosed yet.
Moana’s uncle, Kalani Sitake, is the Utahs’ defensive coordinator, and has listed his condition as critical with what a press release described as a “serious head injury.” Wilets said that family members are “extremely optimistic about his recovery” and wanted to “express their gratitude for all the support that has received.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Moana and his family during this very difficult time,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham in a statement. “He is a beloved member of our team and we will support him in his recovery in any way we can.”
The son of former BYU football player from 1997-2000, Tevita Ofahengaue, Ofahengaue joined the Utes as a walk-on in 2013 after signing with the Utes as part of the Class of 2012.