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McQuivey will enter NFL draft

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Ute offensive center Dustin McQuivey, who would have been a senior in eligibility next season but has already graduated from school, has declared himself eligible for April's NFL Draft, according to line coach John Hevesy.

Hevesy said he tried to persuade McQuivey to continue to play next season and work on a master's degree, but the Bountiful resident turned him down. "We tried everything to get him back," said Hevesy. Sophomore Max Petersen is Utah's only other experienced center, although tackle Sean Souza took a few snaps last season. McQuivey is still working out in Utah's weight room, Hevesy said.

Named honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference in both 2001 and 2002, McQuivey will turn 25 in March and wanted "to get on with life," Hevesy said. McQuivey, who is married, served an LDS Church mission after being an all-stater at Bountiful High School. He redshirted in 1999 and started 26 games over three seasons, missing several with knee injuries.

Quarterback Ryan Breska has also left the program. He will play on the baseball team.

The Meyer staff will host seven recruits this weekend, the second-to-last before national signing day, Feb. 5. Among players expected are Santa Ana (Calif.) Foothill High running back Mike Liti, the Orange County Register player of the year, and Carson (Calif.) receiver Greg Chatman, both rated with three stars by on-line recruiting services.