SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah quarterback Cam Rising will return for a seventh college season after recovery from a knee injury that cost him all of 2023.
Rising made the announcement Sunday with a social media post.
Rising led the Utes to consecutive Pac-12 titles in 2021 and '22, but suffered a severe knee injury in the Rose Bowl in January.
Utah was hoping Rising would be able to return this season, but in late October he was finally ruled out for the year.
Without him, the Utes remained competitive but have slumped recently against a difficult Pac-12 schedule. Utah has lost three of four, all against ranked teams and fell out of the AP Top 25 on Sunday for the first time since 2021.
Utah moves from the Pac-12 to the Big 12 next year.
Rising started his college career in the Big 12 at Texas in 2018 and did not play before transferring to Utah and sitting out again. He didn't play a game until the pandemic season of 2020.
The NCAA allowed all football players in school during 2020 to have an extra year of eligibility. Because Rising has only played more than four games twice, he had one more season of eligibility available.
Rising threw 46 touchdown passes and ran for 12 scores in 2021-22.
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