UH freshman defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii is likely to need four weeks to recover from a partially torn MCL in his right knee.
He suffered the injury while in the bottom of a pile following a one-on-one drill in yesterday’s practice.
The MRI showed a sprain; all sprains involve some degree of tearing. But his right ACL was not damaged. Tulimasealii’s injury will not require surgery.
Tulimasealii was in the rotation on the defensive line’s interior. Moses Samia and Saui Matagiese are the starters. Marcus Malepeai will have an expanded role as a defensive tackle. Dejon Allen, Calen Friel and Mike Andrade also will get reps inside.
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Whoops, almost forgot: Former Utah receiver Quinton Pedroza has accepted a UH scholarship offer and arrives in town on Friday. The announcement was delayed because of the vetting process for transfers.
Pedroza was used mostly on special teams in his two years with the Utes. Exiting this past spring, he was listed as a starting receiver and top candidate on punt and kickoff returns. He was dismissed from the team this summer for violating team rules (an incident of under-age drinking).
He’s listed at 6-2, 216, although people in the know insist he’s 225. He will compete as an inside receiver after redshirting this season. Beginning in 2014, he has two years to play two seasons.