Utah Utes football: Team confident in Terrance Cain as quarterback
Tom Smart, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Jordan Wynn and Zane Taylor, who teamed for a majority of Utah's snaps on offense this season, aren't concerned about the quarterback switch the Utes must make for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas game against Boise State.2
Both have confidence in Terrance Cain. The senior, who is 9-1 as a starter in his career at Utah, resumes his old role in place of the injured Wynn (shoulder surgery).
"I have absolute confidence in Terrance," Taylor said. "He's won a lot of games for this program and I think he's going to fill in just fine, especially with the amount of time we have to prepare for Boise State."
The Utes began installing their game plan on Friday, and it'll include a lot of plays intended to draw on Cain's strengths. The senior completed 70.8 percent of his passes this season (51-of-72) and averaged 6.6 yards per rush over 11 carries.
"We've got to tailor the game plan to what he does best and it's not a dramatic difference (from Wynn)," said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. "You saw how we used him in the two games earlier this year. Then, of course, the first eight ball games last year."
Cain's lone setback as Utah's starter was to Oregon in 2009. His triumphs include wins over UNLV and New Mexico this season, when Wynn was sidelined with a thumb injury.
The Rebels and Lobos, though, pale in comparison to the Utes' bowl opponent, Boise State.
"They just play fast," Cain said. "They all run to the ball and make plays. So you've got to come prepared and ready to play."
Cain, however, wouldn't say if he favors the fast pace.
"It is what it is," he said. "You've just got to adapt to whatever game comes to you."
That's how Cain is approaching his return as a starter.
"He's handling it well. He's in the film room watching film, just staying upbeat about it," Wynn said. "I think it's ideal for him. Obviously, I wouldn't want to be hurt, but it's nice for him to be a senior and in his last game as a Ute be able to start in the bowl game and against a good team."
Wynn and Cain have been supportive of one other throughout their competition to be the starter.
"That's just how we are," Wynn explained. "Over the past few years, I've gotten to know him pretty well. We room together on the road and pretty much spend all day at football together just by the nature of being QBs."
They have a pretty good relationship, he added, and are always willing to help each other out and do what's best for the team.
"We're always going to stay tight. We're supportive of each other," Cain said. "When I was down and he took the starting role, he supported me and I supported him. Now he's out and I'm taking the starting role and he's supporting me. We're just here for each other."
As such, a smooth transition is expected before Utah takes the field at Sam Boyd Stadium on Dec. 22.
"For the most part, I don't think it will be too tough. These guys have all played with Terrance going back to last year and this year when I've missed time," Wynn said. "... Really it hasn't been too big of a transition for either of us."
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
No. 20 Utah (10-2) vs. No. 10 Boise State (11-1)
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 6 p.m.
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
TV: ESPN Radio: 700 AM
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