Utah senior linebacker Nai Fotu suffered a torn ACL during Thursday’s spring practice and will miss the 2010 season.
It is the same injury to Fotu's left knee that he suffered in the final regular season game of 2008.
After recovering from that surgery, he returned to the field in 2009 as a backup defensive end. Fotu was listed as a starting linebacker this year (played the same position in 2008).
Fotu had a redshirt season available and plans to return to the Utes in 2011.
He has played in 38 games the past three seasons, missing only the 2008 Sugar Bowl because of the knee injury against BYU. He’s amassed 69 tackles, six sacks and forced three fumbles.
Matt Martinez, a 6-foot, 228-pound junior who played in 11 games last season is listed as Fotu’s backup on the depth chart.