Utah Utes football notebook: Jordan Wynn returns after fighting the flu

Published: Friday, Aug. 19 2011 9:50 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Jordan Wynn is back. After being sidelined for two days with the flu, Utah's starting quarterback returned to practice Friday morning at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The junior threw passes and resumed his spot with the No. 1 offense.

"I feel good. I'm over my sickness," Wynn said. "It felt good to come out and practice again today."

Wynn told reporters he probably slept for 36 hours over the two days of camp he missed. When he was awake, there were telephone conversations with offensive coordinator Norm Chow, or quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson, or trainer Paul Silvestri.

"It's not fun to be sick and especially not fun knowing that everyone's out here working and getting better and you're not," he said. "It was tough, but kind of necessary."

While noting how frustrating the situation has been, Wynn is confident there's enough time left to properly prepare for the Sept. 1 season opener against Montana State.

"I think we're fine. We've just got to cut down on the small mistakes, false starts, stuff like that, illegal formations," he said. "But we're seriously right there. We're so close. We've just got to kind of push through that last little bit."

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham noted it was good to have Wynn back out on the field. He threw passes in both practices on Friday — looking a bit rusty in the first one and sharp in the second.

"The trainers gave him clearance to throw this afternoon and he'll throw tomorrow in the scrimmage," Whittingham said. "We're starting to get to that time where we need to get the continuity with him working with the ones. So that was a positive."

Whittingham is hopeful that Wynn will return to a normal practice routine next week when game preparation begins in earnest. He's been on a throw count in camp for precautionary reasons after having shoulder surgery in December.

LAST SCRIMMAGE: The Utes wrap up camp with a Saturday morning scrimmage at the stadium. Whittingham is seeking "another step forward as far as execution." The offense, he insists, is getting close. Most of the problems, he explained, are self-inflicted things like penalties and exchanges that prevent plays from even developing.

EXTRA POINTS: Whittingham said that offensive linemen Sam Brenner (elbow) and Latu Heimuli (thumb) could both be back in the mix and getting reps by Monday. ... Defensive lineman Lei Talamaivao's injured foot was examined by a specialist and the news was good. He won't need surgery, just a couple of weeks of rest. ... Safety Chris Washington's career may be over because of chronic shoulder problems. ... Sophomore defensive back Jamal Smith is transferring to Sacramento State, where he'll be able to play this fall as a wide receiver. ... Cornerback Mo Lee continued to shine, intercepting a pass in a back-up situation near the end of the morning session. ... Friday was Utah's final double day of camp. School starts on Monday.

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