Utah starting wide receiver dismissed from the team
[dropcap]Q[/dropcap]uinton Pedroza was expected to have have a big junior season at Utah, but instead he’s been dismissed from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.
The 6-foot-2, 216-pound Pedroza played mostly on special teams in two seasons with the Utes, but had improved his play on the field and developed into one of the team’s most physically imposing players.
Pedroza exited spring ball a starter and was expected to play a big role in new offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson’s pass-oriented offense.
He was also the leading candidate to replace Reggie Dunn as Utah’s primary kickoff returner.
A 3-star recruit out of Chino (Calif.) High in 2011, Pedroza chose the Utes over offers from Arizona State, Boise State and Utah State.
Dres Anderson (6-1, 187) and Kenneth Scott (6-3, 211), both juniors, have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards the past two seasons and will be expected to pick up the slack.
Incoming junior college transfer Andre Lewis (6-4, 220), a 4-star recruit out of Diablo Valley (Calif.) Community College, is a likely candidate to replace Pedroza in the starting lineup.
If not Lewis, senior Anthony Denham (6-4, 225), a former junior college transfer who caught 11 passes for 135 yards a year ago, and Brian Allen (6-3, 208), a redshirt last season are possibilities.
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