Utah starting RB Joe Williams quits football two weeks into season

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In a surprising move, senior Joe Williams announced he was retiring from football to focus on his degree. I'm going to miss it, of course. "His body is just worn out", head coach Kyle Whittingham said in a school release. "But it's for the best interests".

"Nothing to do with playing time, nothing to do with bad feelings, he's leaving on good terms", Whittingham said of William's retirement.

Williams was a complementary piece to Devontae Booker and Travis Wilson last season with 477 yards and three touchdowns. "He has some things that are really bothering him physically, so he's going to retire".

Without Williams moving forward, the Utes' backfield will consist of junior Troy McCormick and freshman Zack Moss.

Fitts suffered a foot injury against the Cougars this past Saturday, and will apply for a medical hardship waiver to potentially play for the Utes in 2017.

The Utes, meanwhile, return to action this weekend against San Jose State as they look to advance to 3-0 on the year. The Utes are now 2-0 with wins over BYU and Southern Utah, and start their Pac-12 schedule against USC on September 23.