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Utah football: DeVonte Christopher comfortable with Hays at the helm

Published: Thursday, Oct. 6 2011 4:05 p.m. MDT

Utah Utes wide receiver DeVonte Christopher (10) facemasks Washington Huskies cornerback Desmond Trufant (6) after a long gain during NCAA football action in Salt Lake City Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah wide receiver DeVonte Christopher said the transition between Jordan Wynn and Jon Hays at quarterback has been smooth.

"When Jordan was having limited reps in camp, Jon was the one taking most of the reps. So we're familiar with Jon," Christopher said. "He knows the different skills sets that different receivers have."

Christopher, who leads the Utes with 21 catches for 330 yards this season, knows both sides of the situation well. He came to Utah as a quarterback before switching positions.

It's a move, Christopher acknowledged, that has worked out well.

However, if called upon, he's willing to take some snaps again.

"If they came up with some packages or schemes at quarterback," Christopher said. "I'd be up for it."

Speaking of being up for it, Christopher has come up big in Utah's two previous Pac-12 games. He had 136 yards receiving in the conference opener at USC and 125 in last week's loss to Washington.

ELEMENT OF SURPRISE: Considering his only extensive experience at Utah came in the second half of last Saturday's 31-14 loss to Washington, Hays is a relative unknown at ASU.

"There's not much tape on him," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said when asked if it gives the Utes any sort of edge. "I guess if (there's) any advantage we may have it's the tweaks to the offensive scheme that we'll make to take advantage of his skill set."

Whittingham noted that the game plan against the Huskies was geared to Wynn's skill set. This week, it's tailored for Hays to succeed.

"It'll be a much better situation for Jon," said Whittingham, who explained that the offense will feature a mix of things already within the scheme that fit Hays, plus some new additions.

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT: Wynn hasn't been allowed to speak with the media since his injury. Utah's sports information office even had an employee run interference for the junior quarterback as he left the field after last week's setback.

Whittingham, though, provided some insight into Wynn's world.

"He's disappointed. He's a competitive kid and wants to be out there," Whittingham said. "This is another setback for him, but he's tough enough he'll respond and he'll get it taken care of. He'll be back at some point, whether it's this season or next season."

In the meantime, Wynn is still helping the Utes — Hays, in particular.

"He's like a coach on the field," Whittingham said. "Jordan Wynn knows the offense as well as any of the coaches. So he can be a great asset for Jon."

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