Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn fielded a lot text messages and telephone calls over the past couple of days. Turns out that plenty of friends and folks were "freaking out" that he was taking some time off from throwing to rest a sore arm — less than a year after shoulder surgery. They wanted to make sure he was OK.
On Monday, Wynn addressed the concerns by returning to action, throwing every pass he was assigned and not missing a single rep.
"It felt great. I feel 100 percent," Wynn said. "So it was nice to be able to get back out to practice."
After making his first throws since Wednesday, Wynn noted that he didn't feel any soreness in his arm. The junior said the rest was exactly what his arm needed.
"Nothing wrong. It felt great today," Wynn said. "So, I'm just happy to be out here."
Wynn isn't expected to miss any more days or be under any restrictions the rest of the way as preparations intensify for the Utes' Aug. 30 season opener against Northern Colorado.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Wynn is good to go. The decision to rest his arm for a few days was precautionary and done to prevent chronic soreness in the future. Whittingham noted that Wynn could have thrown the ball late last week if it was necessary.
"Some people probably thought we were trying to pull the wool over their eyes — or hiding something — which was not the case," Whittingham said. "We felt that (resting the sore arm) was the best course of action and today it seemed like it worked."
Wynn's performance received positive reviews from others as well.
"He came out here, threw it around today and looked really sharp," said offensive coordinator Brian Johnson. "We'll keep him going from here on out."
Resting Wynn's arm, Johnson explained, isn't all that unusual. Johnson said he didn't touch a football on Sundays or Mondays during his senior year with the Utes, giving his arm extra time to recover each week.
Johnson added that a lot of quarterbacks get "camp arm" and need a little rest. The bottom line, he said, is the decision to give Wynn some down time proved to be beneficial.
"He came out today and looked really, really sharp," Johnson said, while noting he anticipates Wynn having a nice year.
Offensive lineman Sam Brenner, who was also one of Wynn's high school teammates, agreed.
"I think he looks great," Brenner said. "He's bigger. He looks really healthy. His arm is strong. He's sharp. His mind's there. Everything looks good."
Wynn has entrenched himself as the starting quarterback despite being pushed in camp by senior Jon Hays and freshman Travis Wilson. Whittingham said the competition began with "some pretty good distance" between the quarterbacks but eventually tightened up.
"Now it's back to more of a separation between Jordan and the rest of the pack," Whittingham said.
Finalizing Wynn's line of protection has proven to be a bigger challenge. Injuries have prevented the offensive line from getting a lot of work together in camp.
Things brightened on Monday with the return of seniors Miles Mason (high ankle sprain) and Brenner (shoulder), who are the projected starters at left tackle and right guard, respectively. They'll be joined in the trenches by center Tevita Stevens, left guard Jeremiah Tofaeono and right tackle Percy Taumoelau.
"They're as intact as they're going to get right now," Whittingham said. "We've got all of our bodies out there."
Building chemistry will be a priority over the remaining practices.
"I think we've made a lot of progress as an offensive line throughout camp and come that first game I think we're going to be ready," Brenner said. "I think we've got all the right guys in the right spots. I think everyone's where they need to be. I think we're coming together really well."
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