“We’ve got some really good athletes at QB,” Whittingham said. “So we’ll see how things shake out.”
The competition is expected to be keen. As spring ball approaches, Whittingham senses that everyone is on board.
“If you don’t want to compete then you’re in the wrong program,” he said, while noting that every position is in the same boat always — the team is always trying to recruit the best players possible. “That’s what this game is all about.”
The addition of Kendal Thompson, Whittingham explained, would have happened regardless of Wilson’s health situation.
“We think Kendal Thompson has a ton of ability so that really was not a factor in the decision,” he said. “Always interested in getting good players in your program, and he’s a very good player.”
Thompson is graduating from Oklahoma in May and will be immediately eligible with two seasons to play. Whittingham described him as a tremendous talent and a dual-threat quarterback who is exceptionally quick with an ability to extend a play.
The inclusion of Thompson creates an uncertain future for all of the candidates.
“We’ll see what happens,” Whittingham said. “The cream will rise to the top, as it always does.”
Whittingham added that the Utes expect to hit the ground running this spring despite several coaching moves on offense — the addition of offensive coordinator Dave Christensen, offensive line coach Jim Harding and wide receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield, plus the shift of longtime assistant Aaron Roderick to quarterbacks coach and Dennis Erickson from co-coordinator to running backs coach only.
“We think our staff is structured very well right now,” said Whittingham, who added that the transition has been smooth.
The Utes will still run a spread offense but have some new twists and elements that Christensen had added.
Getting some of those things polished up is part of the plan this spring, but as is the case every year, Whittingham said camp isn’t about scheme, it’s about fundamentals and techniques.
“The main thrust and the main focus is to make everybody better fundamentally and technique-wise and find out who your players are,” he said.
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