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Utah QB Cam Rising returning for ’23 season

Jan 2, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; Utah Utes quarterback Cameron Rising (7) warms up before the game between the Utah Utes and the Penn State Nittany Lions at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Utah quarterback Cam Rising plans to play for the Utes in 2023 rather than jump to the NFL.

Rising, who will be a sixth-year senior, led Utah to back-to-back Pac-12 championships and a Rose Bowl appearance. Rising left the Rose Bowl loss to Penn State in the third quarter, citing a left knee issue that he dealt with for the final two months of the season.

Rising shared a 40-second video via social media to announce his plans to return to Utah.

“Bad Moon is back,” he said.

Head coach Kyle Whittingham said after the Rose Bowl that Rising’s knee injury would not be something he recover from quickly.

“It looks like it could be something that takes a while to recover from. That’s not positive right now. It breaks my heart,” Whittingham said. “He’s such a warrior and a fierce competitor. He’ll be back, I can promise you that, from the injury. Hopefully he’ll be back with us.”

Rising is 19-6 at Utah, bouncing back from a season-ending shoulder injury in the 2020 opener to lead the Utes to consecutive conference titles.

–Field Level Media