Utah Utes football: Even with Chase Hansen's injury, Utes no longer thin at quarterback

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 8 2012 8:00 p.m. MDT

"I'm really pleased with the effort and the way they come out to work each and every day," Johnson said. "Those guys are very talented and I'm excited to come out here and work with them."

Wynn noted that it's an extremely competitive situation. They're constantly competing to see who can make the most completions, as well as things like who can throw the ball the farthest and the quickest.

"It's fun. We come out and do that every day," Wynn said. "… We're all working together."

The competitive mindset, he added, is necessary to succeed.

"You've got to be a killer," Wynn said. "In your mind, you've got to be a killer and go out and battle every day and win."

Wynn tops the depth chart and is determined to keep it that way. The others, he continued, are constantly pushing him to get better.

"There's never a day where I come out and think that I've arrived," Wynn said.

And he's not alone.

Wilson also has the mentality of being the starter.

"We are going to have to compete every day and I definitely, at the end of the day, want to start and play on the team," he said. "So I'm just going to come out every day and compete as well as I can."

Wilson insists there's no animosity associated with the competition. In fact, he considers it fun and a great experience.

"We're totally supportive of each other," he said. "We're always just saying 'good throw' and everything to each other and we're never bringing each other down or anything."

Hays is also appreciative of the constant competition, adding that it's definitely a good situation.

"I think we all make each other better. We have great chemistry between the five of us," Hays said. "Right now in camp we're pushing each other, making each other better every day."

Hansen, who plans to serve an LDS Church mission at season's end, is also enjoying his association with the others. He's also finding it educational.

"It's awesome. We've got a lot of really good quarterbacks that are really throwing the ball really well right now," Hansen said. "I've personally learned a lot from these guys, especially guys like Jordan and Jon that have been around here. It's just cool to be around this many good quarterbacks."

Schulz, a strong-armed walk-on from Michigan who redshirted last season, added that the group has grown close — studying together on and off the field. They know when it's work time, he continued, and when it's time to joke around.

On the serious side, however, Schulz is finding it educational as well.

"I get to learn from the smartest guy I think I'll ever know, Jordan," Schulz said. "I get to work with Jon. He's got a great work ethic and he sets a good example for everybody else."

Competing with the younger guys is always good, too.

"For me personally I'm just trying to get better. I'm trying to be the best quarterback I can be and if that's learning for as long as it takes then that's what it's going to take," Schulz said. "I'm just going to push everybody else. When I get my chance I've got to make everything that I've done worth it."


Day 6: The Utes completed the first double day with a morning practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium and an evening session at Ute Field.

Standouts: After the second session, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said that the defense had a good day. Standouts include cornerback Mo Lee, safety Eric Rowe, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and defensive end Nate Fakahafua. On offense, running back John White continues to draw praise.

Injuries: Offensive tackle Miles Mason (high ankle sprain) will likely be sidelined for another 10 days . . . Linebacker Reshawn Hooker (concussion) is day-to-day . . . Wide receiver Anthony Denham (tendonitis) returned to practice.

Overheard: "Training camp is a grind. That's what it was meant to be and that's our approach ." — Whittingham.

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