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Stanford QB Tanner McKee sidelined for game against Utah

Stanford Football posted a statement regarding McKee’s status on Twitter: “Tanner McKee has been ruled out of tonight’s game with an injury. Jack West and Isaiah Sanders are both expected to play in his absence.”

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (18) uses a crutch on the field.
Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (18) uses a crutch on the field before the game against the Utah Utes in Stanford, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

STANFORD, California — Earlier in the week, Stanford coach David Shaw announced that sophomore quarterback Tanner McKee was questionable for Friday night’s game against Utah.

Ninety minutes before kickoff, Stanford Football posted a statement regarding McKee’s status on Twitter: “Tanner McKee has been ruled out of tonight’s game with an injury. Jack West and Isaiah Sanders are both expected to play in his absence.”

During pregame warmups, McKee was seen on the field on crutches.

McKee served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Brazil Curitiba South Mission from 2018-2020.

McKee had been the starter for seven consecutive games after playing in a reserve role in a season-opening loss to Kansas State.

The Corona, California, native has passed for 1,916 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions this season. McKee led the Cardinal to a 31-24 upset over then-No. 3 Oregon on Oct. 2. He engineered the game-tying and game-winning drives against the Ducks, capping each with TD passes.

Last Monday, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham offered his assessment of McKee.

“A big, strong kid. Pocket guy. He can move around but he’d rather beat you from the pocket. He’s 6-6, 240. He has a strong arm,” Whittingham said. “He’s a really good player. He was a very sought-after player coming out of high school. He was a big-time recruit coming out of high school. He went on a church mission and now he’s back. He’s their guy at this point.”