Utah Utes football: Stagnant offense creates quarterback quandary

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 6 2015 8:56 p.m. MDT

Ute quarterback Jordan Wynn (3) eludes the grasp of Notre Dame's Kapron Lewis-Moore.    (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Ute quarterback Jordan Wynn (3) eludes the grasp of Notre Dame's Kapron Lewis-Moore. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Two weeks, two offensive no-shows.

And time for an evaluation — beginning with the quarterback.

For the second straight week, Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn (and friends) failed to produce points. The two-game aggregate in losses to TCU and Notre Dame: 10 points.

Wynn's numbers didn't look terrible after Saturday's 28-3 loss to the Irish, but they were deceiving. Though he finished with a 24-for-39 passing performance for 194 yards, many were short passes and even shovel passes. He also had an interception in the first half. Though the turnover didn't result in an Irish score, it did keep the Utes from taking a 10-0 lead.

At issue is whether the Utes should stay with Wynn, who has just 342 yards passing and one touchdown in his past two games. Backup Terrance Cain, who has played well in his chances both this year and last, came on for just two plays in the fourth quarter against Notre Dame, resulting in an incompletion and a sack.

Wynn returned to finish the game.

Asked if he considered replacing Wynn earlier than the closing minutes, coach Kyle Whittingham admitted that he did.

"Yeah, the thought crossed my mind," he said. "It crossed my mind last week and crossed my mind this week. That's something we've got to evaluate. We've got to dissect that film and take a look at where we are at that position.

"It's not just that position, though. Last week was a myriad of things," the Utes' coach said. "This week was not as problematic across board, but that's some place we have to perform.

I don't care what level you're at, that's a key position and you've got to have performance and production. That's a couple of weeks in a row now we haven't been able to get as much as we needed to."

Said Wynn: "I've just got to work harder. I mean everyone's got to."

While it's unlikely Whittingham will actually replace Wynn with Cain — a former starter — he did leave the option open.

"We're going to go through it play by play and see, and make sure we're progressing, and hope to make the right decision and make determination on what's the best course of action," Whittingham said.

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