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Ute receiver Raelon Singleton leaving team for 'family reasons'

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah wide receiver Raelon Singleton, who was a starter the past two seasons, is leaving the program for “family reasons.” The senior-to-be from Crosby, Texas, made 69 receptions for 1,044 yards and scored eight touchdowns during 34 career games with the Utes.

“We are sorry to see Raelon leave, but understand that his family comes first,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in making the announcement. “We appreciate his contributions to our program over the last four years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Singleton made six catches as a redshirt freshman in 2015. He became Utah’s second-leading receiver over the past two seasons, making 27 grabs in 2016 and 36 in 2017.

The loss of Singleton, along with the end of graduate transfer Darren Carrington II’s eligibility, leaves Utah without its top two receivers moving forward. Carrington II and Singleton caught 40.6 percent of the team’s passes last season.

The departure is the second by a returning starter at Utah in the past week. Senior-to-be cornerback Casey Hughes announced via Twitter that he had “decided it is in my best interest to pursue a graduate transfer at another university.”

Whittingham declined to comment on the situation with Hughes earlier this week.