Utah RB Matt Asiata Given an Extra Year to Play

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIFebruary 24, 2010

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 19: Matt Asiata #4 of the Utah Utes is tackled by Eddie Pleasant #11 and Brandon Bair #88 of Oregon in the 1st quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 31-24. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Utah running back Matt Asiata has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA earlier today.

The 5'11", 230-pound senior missed 21 games over the past three seasons due to injuries including eight games in 2009.

His best season came in 2008, although he started only one game (vs. Utah State) which he recorded three rushing touchdowns, he did play in 13 games that season.

His numbers were fair for a pass based offensive, leading Utah in carries (146), rushing yards (707), and rushing touchdowns (12). He averaged 4.8 yards per carry throughout the 2008 season and recorded 13 receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown.

He's a dynamic part of the Utah offensive attack, and occasionally plays out of an offensive formation aptly named the 'Asiata formation'. He's completed two passes both for touchdowns while playing from this formation.

Asiata's career at Utah has been full of injuries, beginning in 2007 when he was red-shirted with a broken leg. In 2009 he was injured during a game against the Louisville Cardinals.