Utes reinstate CB Dominique Hatfield after suspension

Suspended Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield was reinstated by coach Kyle Whittingham on Monday, immediately bolstering a secondary that struggled at times in the season opener against Michigan.

Hatfield was charged with felony aggravated robbery and misdemeanor theft in July, but the charges were dropped. He also was cleared by the university of an unrelated misdemeanor assault charge and had been readmitted to school, though that charge remains pending with Salt Lake City police.

Whittingham, who had previously said that he was waiting on the legal process to completely play out, told reporters Monday that Hatfield had "enough punishment."

However, the coach wouldn't say whether Hatfield would be available to play Friday against Utah State. He added that Hatfield won't be made available to the media.

Hatfield, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior from Los Angeles, switched from receiver to corner last year and started 10 games, recording 38 tackles with an interception and nine pass breakups.

Utah gave up 279 yards passing in the Utes' 24-17 victory against Michigan.