Quarterback depth and injuries have been somewhat of a problem over the past few seasons for the Utes. Injuries to starters in particular has been quite a detriment on the offensive side of the ball turning the fast paced-high scoring offense into a slow paced-get us in field goal range type of offense. The Utes offense seems to go as the QB goes and when the QB’s are struggling the offense tends to struggle as well.
This season QB depth shouldn’t be a problem for the Utes. With 6 scholarship quarterbacks available, the Utes should be able to keep the new high-octane offense running on all cylinders should any injuries occur.
There is a lot of talent up on the hill and with a new Offense being installed, a new Offensive Coordinator and a new QB Coach look for the Utes to have a great battle for the starting spot come fall camp.
Travis Wilson 6’7 240lb Junior:
Although he was limited in the Spring, Wilson will go into fall the projected #1 QB on the depth chart. The 2013 season was an up and down season for Wilson, he battled an injury to his hand, the death of a friend,and a concussion that ended his season and almost ended his football career. Through the first 6 games of 2013, Wilson led the Utes to a 4-2 record, beating a top 5 ranked Stanford along the way, and he put up fairly decent numbers not only through the air but on the ground as well. Despite only playing 9 games, Wilson still threw for 1,827 yds and 16 TDs and finished 3rd on the team in rushing with 386 yds and 5 TDs. Wilson is the most experienced out of all the QB’s so barring any injury and if he is cleared to resume his career, look for Wilson to be the starting QB coming out of fall camp.
Kendall Thompson 6’1 199 lb Junior:
The transfer from Oklahoma will look to push Wilson for the starting role. Thompson is the type of dual-threat quarterback that Coach Christensen likes to run his offense through. Although I do think there will be some packages installed for him in the offense, I just don’t see him supplanting Wilson as the starter.
Conner Manning 6’1 190 lb RS Freshman
Manning will push Thompson for that #2 spot behind Wilson. Manning showed great improvement in the spring with his ability to read the defense and make plays through the air. He is the QB of the future for the Utes pending he sticks around.
Adam Schulz 6’1 210 lb Junior:
Schulz came in last season and played fairly decent. He has a great arm and can throw a mean deep ball but I just don’t see him playing much this season. Barring a transfer, look for him to be 4th string behind Wilson, Thompson and Manning.
Brandon Cox 6’2 200 lb RS Freshman:
Cox is such a good athlete, I just don’t know if he’s in the mix to start at QB. I would love to see the Utes put him at reciever or corner and utilize his size, speed and athleticism. I think he could be a really special player.
Non Factors this season:
Donovan Isom 6’4 240 lb Freshman:
Look for Isom to redshirt this season and take a year to get acclimated to the college game.
Jason Thompson 6’1 220 lb Junior:
The transfer from Wyoming can practice with the team but can’t play until next season.