Utah S Blechen returning after 3-game suspension

Playmaking strong safety Brian Blechen is expected to be back in

Utah’s starting lineup for Saturday’s Pac-12 opener at Arizona

State after serving a three-game suspension for violating

undisclosed team rules.

The 6-foot-2 junior is listed as the starter on the new depth

chart and coach Kyle Whittingham said Monday he expects Blechen to

play very well based on his effort the past month while working

with the scout team.

Blechen had three interceptions and three forced fumbles last

season, and blocked a field goal.

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

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

The Utes also expect running back John White back from an ankle

injury and free safety Eric Rowe back from a strained

hamstring.