Utah safety Blechen suspended 3 games

Utah officials say defensive playmaker Brian Blechen has been

suspended three games for violating undisclosed team rules.

Coach Kyle Whittingham announced the suspension on Monday but

says Blechen will be allowed to practice with the team.

The junior safety will miss the Aug. 30 opener against Northern

Colorado plus the Utah State game on Sept. 7, and the Sept. 15

matchup with rival Brigham Young.

Blechen had three interceptions and three forced fumbles last

season – Utah’s first in the Pacific 12 Conference. He blocked a

field goal against California, had two interceptions and seven

tackles against Montana State, and forced fumbles against USC, UCLA

and Colorado.

In his first college game in 2010, he intercepted a pass on the

first play of overtime to set up Utah’s upset of Pittsburgh.