Since Alex Smith was picked as the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, the Utes have had an up-and-down history at the quarterback position. There have successes (Brian Johnson), some disappointments (Tommy Grady), and some that were a bit of both (Jordan Wynn).
After backing up Alex Smith during Utah's Fiesta Bowl-winning season in 2004, the Baytown, Texas, native performed adequately as a sophomore in 2005 before missing all of 2006 due to injury. He split time in 2007 with Tommy Grady before his stellar 2008 season, which ended with 27 touchdown passes and a Sugar Bowl trophy.
2004: 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 65 percent completions
2005: 18 TDs, 7 INTs, 64 percent
2006: redshirt, recovering from knee surgery
2007: 11 TDs, 10 INTs, 67 percent
2008: 27 TDs, 9 INTs, 68 percent
Started in place of the injured Johnson on Nov. 19, 2005, during a memorable 41-34 overtime defeat of BYU in Provo. He threw four touchdown passes and scrambled for 112 yards and one touchdown. He threw for four more TDs in The Utes' bowl win over Georgia Tech before becoming the principal quarterback in 2006.
2005: 8 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 62 percent completions
2006: 23 TDs, 9 INTs, 58 percent
The Oklahoma transfer struggled for most of his Utah career, which included backing up Ratliff in 2006 and splitting time with Johnson in 2007. His football career has taken new life as the starting quarterback for the AFL's Utah Blaze. Last season he smashed the league's single-season records for yards (5,870) and touchdowns (142).
2006: 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions, 50 percent completions
2007: 4 TDs, 3 INTs, 50 percent
He had the best season ever by a true freshman at the U., starting five games including the Poinsettia Bowl, in which he was named the game's MVP. He posted a record of 8-2 as a sophomore while missing three games due to thumb and shoulder injuries. Both shoulders continued to bother him in 2011, where he started just four games. And in 2012, after suffering yet another shoulder injury (he had three surgeries in his Utah career), he announced his retirement on Monday despite being only a junior in terms of his eligibility.
2009: 8 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 58 percent completions
2010: 17 TDs, 10 INTs, 62 percent
2011: 6 TDs, 2 INTs, 57 percent
2012: 2 TDs, 1 INT, 66 percent
Joined the Utes in 2011 after his Nebraska-Omaha shuttered its football program. He went 6-3 as a fill-in starter for Wynn last season. The Paradise, Calif., native threw three TDs against Georgia Tech in Utah's Sun Bowl victory. On Monday, he was named co-starter with Travis Wilson for Saturday's game against BYU.
2011: 12 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 56 percent completions
2012: 1 TD, 0 INTs, 46 percent