Utah Utes football notebook: Jordan Wynn says confidence returning


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  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Dec. 4, 2010 5:42 a.m.

    Wynn is playing like a sophmore quarterback in a rebuilding year, when he is expected to be the starter in a PAC championship run the following year as a junior.

    It is up to him to take control of his own destinay and work on the areas he needs to improve. All the critiques of him above are valid (although sometimes mean spirited), but it is up to him to evolve and develop. He showed commitment as a freshman, but it seems to be lacking as a sophomore.

    Wynn will be the key to winning the game for Utah, so we need to support him and really shouldn't boo him. He is the best option we have right now.

    I'm wondering though if the coaching staff is re-evaluating what happened when Cain went in last week unexpectedly. Will they prepare to run a 2 QB system for the final game so that Cain is prepared and able to contribute in the bowl game? I would love to see him in the Asiata formation a few times. That would be a greater pass threat than Matt.

    Go Utes!

  • Jordan Lynchburg, VA
    Dec. 3, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    If Wynn is a "girly-boy", I would be absolutely thrilled to see you in his position. Or any of us for that matter. I'm sure the kid is younger than almost all of us, and I'm 21. He's still young, he's still got some time to grow. For the rest of the Ute fans here, I'm sticking with him, as well as our basketball team, which is much worse, because I am not a fairweather fan. No matter what happens, I will be supportive. Maybe a little bit of positivity will go a long way, Wynn knowing that he's at home at the school he's playing at. Now wouldn't that be a Christmas miracle.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Dec. 3, 2010 8:24 p.m.


    True he is no Heaps. Heaps had is best game of the season and was your MVP:

    Heaps 228 yards 1 TD 1 INT

    49 yards came on the last drive when Utah went into prevent defense.

    Wynn was replaced for his horrible performance:

    Wynn 199 yards 1 TD 1 INT

  • flintrock Rigby, Id
    Dec. 3, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    Almost any back-up quarterback will screw up when put into a pressure situation. The mistake was made when Whit and the coaches chose someone who has no business playing a man's sport and is their quarterback. What happened to 6'2" 215 lbs who can take a hit and can run with the ball instead of screaming and running away like a girl. Wynn's lack of overall quarterback skills limits the offensive play calling to about 60% of the play book. The inside story on the team is that a large portion of the players have given up on Wynn and mock him behind his back because they have no confidence in his abilities. Wouldn't it be ironic if we played
    Nevada and got beat by them with Corbin Louks as their safety. Whoa Betsy

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Dec. 3, 2010 1:10 p.m.

    Easy answer for the Maaco Bowl:

    Start Cain.
    Let him throw two interceptions on the Utes first two posessions.
    Bring Wynn into the game to cheers, instead of boos from the Utah Nation.

    That will help him with his confidence.

    Plus, during the game, maybe he could get his car painted for $99.95. Something to look forward to at the end of the game always helps players get through the rough spots.

  • flintrock Rigby, Id
    Dec. 3, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    Can we be honest about Wynn. He is a girly-boy.
    1. Can't run and when he does he looks like a girl.
    2. To small and puny.
    3. Can't take a hit.
    4. Slides like a girl when running from defense.
    5. Can't run through his progressions and gets
    confused under pressure
    6. Has no accuracy when rolling out to his right
    and over and under throws his receivers even
    at close range.
    7. When warming up for game under throws his
    receivers on long balls about 80% of the time
    8. Has no velocity on the ball. Mostly slow
    9. That's why he throws so many interceptions.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Dec. 3, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    Wynn is good, but certainly not great.

    He hasn't progressed much in a season and a half. That makes me wonder how much better he will get.

    He seems to be physically fragile, and doesn't like to run the ball, even when the opportunity is there. Utah's current offensive scheme is built for someone who is willing and able to run the ball - that's not Jordan Wynn.

    I will be interested to see what happens in the Spring. It wouldn't surprise me if there are some changes made, either to the offense, or to the quarterback position.

  • Texas Ute Fan Austin, Texas
    Dec. 2, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    Boise State will kill us if Jordan Wynn starts. For that matter, so will Nevada. Wynns problem is that he is to afraid of being hit. Getting hit is part of the game. If he can't take it, he needs to consider if football is really for him.

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Dec. 2, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    Cougar claws,
    Here is some credit: BYU was the third best defense Utah faced this year. I don't find that very comforting, however, since Utah will face 6-7 defenses next year that are better than BYU's.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Dec. 2, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    Wynn's first pass gets picked for six and the collapse, part 3, (parts 1 & 2, TCU and ND) starts again. I can't wait.

  • tcom2011 Fort Worth, TX
    Dec. 2, 2010 7:53 p.m.

    After the BYU U of U game I heard alot of U fans doggin Wynn. But as a BYU fan I have to say I was very impressed with him. Sure he didn't have his best game.

    But to get pulled from a big game, then get reinserted, then have a pass picked off ( but given it back due to a fumble??) All, of this happens and then Wynn still has the presence to drive his team in for a touchdown!

    I'm sorry but putting stats aside for a moment, Great job Wynn. Coming from a Cougar I was very impressed with your ability to fight through disappointment and be what your team needed you to be!

    Good luck in Vegas, great place to play!

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 6:39 p.m.

    "Truth is, a bcs bowl is always more welcome than playing in las vegas"

    So where are you playing, as the #5 ranked Utah team.

    Viva, Las Vegas!


    So Jordyn Wynn has confindence. That and $3.85 will buy you a cup at starbucks.

    The Utes exposure leaves them open to a solid butt-kicking... No predictions, because people claim I predict... I just know that a team where their fans storm the field after beating a six win team at home are not ready for a bowl game.

    And I won't even bring up the PAC... but would a PAC team BOO the QB, then storm the field after beating a six-win mid major team?

    Ute have no idea who they even are.

    They are just a team, a program, in way over their heads...

    Enjoy the view, Utes. You have "earned(?)" it???

    Enjoy the Utah Wh(y)ning... There is plenty to come.

    Plenty up til now, plenty in the future...

    The Utes... Will always be the Utes.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    I said this the other day. Its not Wynn it's the OFFENSE plain and simple. You can not run the spread with Wynn. So either go get a JC QB or change to a pro style offense.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    Dec. 2, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    I give credit where its due byu's D did come to play but both teams play there best against each other. Yes Heaps is good but has a long time to go same with Wynn. There are bandwagon fans on both sides who think the solution is get rid of the person. That doesnt work my only advice dont hate the player hate the game.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 3:06 p.m.

    "does anyone who is a Ute fan care about what your qb does?"-Utes 21

    It sure seems like it based on the comments from Ute fans on every article about Jake Heaps.

    Also missions are more important than football so I won't argue against that point, but I will say that I will support the Cougars and Jake Heaps no matter what decision he makes. I still support Harvery Unga. No one is perfect and I try hard not to judge them based on anything more than their football play.

  • billybubba South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    Cougar Claws we will only get that from true sports fans. So lets not hold our breath since thaer are only what a few of those that are not bandwagoners. if the U starts losing in the pac whatever how many fans will jump ship

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 2:28 p.m.

    Let's give the credit where the credit is due. Jordan Wynn is a good quarterback. He struggled because he was playing against a solid BYU defense. Instead of ripping on the future of your program, Utah fans, why not give BYU some credit?

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    Dec. 2, 2010 12:32 p.m.

    What Wynn needs to do is stop buying into the hype that his confidence is shot. He also needs to use the spread offense to his advantage. Utah QB's are not the typical stay in the pocket go for 50 short passes a game we all know who runs that offense. The spread option offense allows the QB to run and gun. Thats why both Alex Smith and Brian Johnson were so effective they could scramble, they also ran the option extremely well. Wynn still struggles with this but the kid is a hard worker he will try to improve.
    My dear tds fans why do you even waste your time to post some of the stuff you do. Really does anyone who is a Ute fan care about what your qb does. You act so insecure like you have to prove your point to us when we dont care! The kid needs to serve a mission thats more important than football anyways. Thats why lds kids go to byu in the first place. Try to argue against that please it will be funny.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Dec. 2, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    @Ello, Utah would know a lot about scoring points off turnovers...which is exactly how ALL Utahs points came on saturday.

    Would you be good enough to point out how many drives over 50 yards the U had? How many 1st downs in the 1st 3 quarters were accomplished?

    You may not want to talk about points off turnovers since it hurts your position.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:31 a.m.

    I think Wynn and the Utes will be just fine. If anything, he'll likely play better not having to worry about Cain coming in to replace him.

    What the Utes need is to rely on is the running game early and often; something they seemed to abandon in the TCU and ND games, as well as the first half of BYU.

  • T-Mac Meridian, ID
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:17 a.m.

    Jordan's new found confidence doesn't make too many Ute fans feel warm and fuzzy. I really didn't see the kid imporve much from game 1 to game 12.

    The OC needs some serious work too.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:09 a.m.

    Yeah Jordan Wynn really played well after he got benched in the BYU game. He has every reason to have more confidence after that...

    I mean the underthrown pass that Christopher made a great play on and the pick to Brandon Bradley with the ensuing handoffs for a TD sure were amazing. He really won them that game.

    Lets face it, Utah won inspite of poor quarterback play not because of anything Wynn did.

    He has a lot to improve if the Utes are going to win in the PAC

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:05 a.m.

    @ CWEB You are right "The Utes won't beat Byu again", Until September. When the Cewgs will start out the 2011 season by losing the first three games.
    Oh no more Y'ning to come next year.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 11:04 a.m.

    "That's when I was young and stupid. Now I'm old and stupid," he said. "So we'll just leave that on the back burner."

    Gotta love our down to earth and humble coach.

    Truth is, a bcs bowl is always more welcome than playing in las vegas, so even though he spoke the truth, he realized it was not PC. Notice he didn´t apologize or say it was incorrect.

    Wynn can get it done, and we hope he does. Cain made some really bad decisions, but it wasn´t fair to run plays with him throwing the ball downfield on the first set of downs. Of course he isn´t going to hit his target. No one does.

    Wynn needs to keep the passing game to the 5 - 15 yard range with only a very occasional deep throw, just to keep the defense honest.

    GO UTES!!

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    Wynn will never be a great QB. Sorry dude, you don't have "IT".

    Ute Fans...we don't care what you think. You won't ever beat BYU again.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 10:31 a.m.

    BYU fans couldn't care less whether Utah fans get gaga over Heaps because BYU fans have seen the marked improvement in Heaps and the rest of the BYU offense during the 2nd half of the season; that bodes well and has BYU fans excited for next season.

    Can Utah fans honestly say the same thing about Wynn?

  • ElloWasRight Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 10:15 a.m.

    BYU#1 = Excuse us Utes fans if we dont get all gaga over a 228 yard performance that resulted in 1 TD that was a 19 yard drive due to a turnover.

  • BYU#1 Visalia, CA
    Dec. 2, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    He's no Jake Heaps, that's for sure. Unfortunately for the yewts, wynn needs to get much better for them to compete for a division championship in the Pac-12.

  • FlyingUte Murray, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 9:33 a.m.

    I think most of the blame for the end of season stumble the Utes had rests squarely on the coaching staff. When your QB is struggling or your entire offense for that matter, the coaches need to put them in situations that feed off each other, to regain momentum and confidence. The Notre Dame game they went for it twice on 4th down and twice came up empty. If you convert the down it's big. If you fail it's even bigger. With your team struggling you take what you can get and keep building the momentum. Instead the coaches went for it came away with nothing! Give Wynn the help to play through and out of the tough spots. Don't add to the frustration with poor play calling. GO WYNN! GO UTES!

  • govt rocks Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 8:46 a.m.

    Wynn will be just fine. Two things happened to Wynn in the second half of the BYU game: Cain threw two interceptions in two series, which took all of the pressure off of Wynn to perform. His play improved. The second is a biproduct of the first: Wynn stayed in the pocket, got drilled, and completed a pass for a first down on 3rd down. The best part, he got up and completed another pass on the next play. This are confidence boosting events for a quarterback.

    Wynn is a competitor. All competitors cannot wait to get back on the field to overcome poor performances. He is fragile, but it falls on the coaches to limit the situations that put his psyche in a bad spot. He will get back on the field and perform well enough to win games.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 2, 2010 8:41 a.m.

    I think Wynn can get it done. Given that he is a true sophmore, with a good coaching staff, I have confidence that he will really start hitting his stride next year, and be a stud for the remainder of his career.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    Dec. 2, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    He still is a really good qb but he does need to learn more this off season. People are way to quick to write Wynn off, he still is developing. He still for the most part can win games, he helped in all ten wins this year. He is smart kid and bandwagon fans will of course try to blame him which to you its a team sport not one person can take the blame. Keep your head up, prove all these doubters wrong with a big bowl win.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    Not sure what Wynn is basing his rediscovered confidence on. He talked like this after the TCU game, only to get destroyed by Notre Dame a week later. Jordan talks a good game, but his on field performance says otherwise.

    Utah is in big trouble heading into the PAC 12 if the Utes have to rely on Wynn.