Commentary: By roster and talent, Utah Utes loaded at quarterback
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Conner Manning and Micah Thomas are the promising freshman that will join the team for fall camp. Manning racked up 9,449 passing yards and 88 touchdowns for El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. He broke former USC quarterback Matt Barkley’s single-season Orange County passing record with 4,219 yards in 2011 and set another county mark with 613 single-game passing yards, the Deseret News’ Dirk Facer wrote.
As a senior, Thomas passed for 849 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 734 yards on just 92 carries, with 10 touchdowns. According to larrybrownsports.com, the graduate of North Shore Senior High School (Galena Park, Texas) has declared that he will be the best player his team’s BCS conference has ever seen.
“I’ll be the best QB ever to go to Utah, and in the PAC-12. Don’t believe me just watch,” he wrote from his Twitter account @Faitesdinspirer in February. Thomas was rated a two-star recruit by Scout and a three-star player by Rivals.
While Thomas' self-assessment may be a bit skewed, if Whittingham is correct in his analysis, the Utes should truly be far from worried at quarterback. In that vein, if Wilson can be the first Utah signal-caller in three years to stay on the field all season, his team could prove to be quite the surprise, as Erickson has suggested. Many prognostications have the Utes finishing only above dismal Colorado in the Pac-12 South.
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