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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 6 2011 9:00 p.m. MDT

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Springville, UT

A 101 yds against a cupcake team is probably not enough of a confidence booster for this coming week. What will Wynn do?

And after the trouncing from USC, what will the Utes come to Provo with?

I can't wait for all of this to go down. It's going to be fun.


At least his touchdowns go in the right direction.

U 90
Corona, CA

It's a good thing sammy's team has nothing to worry about. Their performance Saturday was absolutely stellar. I've got them beating Texas by 70. Heaps for Heisman.


Wynn may think of himself as a gunslinger, but his play, even before the injury (physical and psychological) never matched that description.

He certainly didn't look right on Thursday, I just can't tell how much of it was physical and how much was "in his head." At best, he played a turnover-free game against a very good FCS team. Even still, throwing for only 100 yards when you put it in the air over twenty times isn't confidence-inspiring, even if you're playing a superior opponent.

Hopefully he can get his confidence back, because without it the Utes will struggle in every remaining game this season.

Ragnar Danneskjold
Bountiful, UT

I just hope that he doesn't force his throws. It sounds like they are beating it in him to "let it rip". He needs to be more productive, but if he forces the ball and turns it over, it could be even worse than a mediocre showing. I want to see him air it out more, but any more than 2 INT's and the Utes are in big trouble.

Santaquin, UT

"He didn't play poorly on Thursday night," said Whittingham. "He just didn't do the things we need him to do."


Had this been about BYU's quarterback and Bronco was doing the talking, we would have read, "He didn't execute at an acceptable level." Football coaches are marvelous human beings.

St. George, UT


You really think that Old Miss is a better team then Montana State? Montana state ended the year ranked 5th, and Old Miss wasn't even ranked. Obvious.

Utesville, CA

Good luck, Wynn and Utes!

I look forward to a good game at USC and a Utes W.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Wynn's mind was in the right place and he diddn't make many mistakes last week. One of USC's strength is their DB's. Almost always that way. The U will have to run successfully against the USC D-Line and backers in order to have a prayer. Utah's defensive line should be able to hold their own against just about anybody but the rest of their defensive is a little suspect. USC does not have one of their best teams this year according to national "experts" and are vulnerable. If Utah can make a major offensive improvement over last week, they have a shot.

Salt Lake City, UT

To gain some perspective on Wynn's performance I found a QB rating calculator and plugged in Wynn's numbers. Wynn's college QB rating was 131 and his NFL QB rating would have been 104. Those are actually pretty good numbers.

I agree that he has to throw the ball down field more and get his speedy receivers involved in the passing game, but playing turnover free football and executing well in the red zone shouldn't be underestimated.

Utah doesn't need Wynn to throw for 300 yards every game, he just needs to be solid and mistake free.

West Jordan, UT

Last week Jordan had 2 touchdowns. He earned one. Jordan should probably send Blechen a fruit basket for gift wrapping the first one.

Jordan Wynn is going to cry like a little girl... on the bus ride to the Coliseum. If he's not right in the head after a game against Montana St, Ute fans are about to see an epic meltdown.

Kosta Fesenko
Chicken McNuggetville, UT

"but the rest of their defensive is a little suspect"


please justify this statement. you are one of the better BYU fans on this site, but this comment is absurd.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT


Jake Heaps looked great on Saturday, didn't he?

MN Ute

Guys, let's stop with the subjective posing and look at the facts. According to ESPN, Wynn's Ranking for the season so far is a respectable 130.8 whereas Heaps has a 116.3. So I'd rather go with the QB that has a better ranking and didn't need a last quarter comeback to win his game.
As for the people saying USC's gonna crush us cause of their better passing game, look at the MN game again. Besides one or two plays, Barkley had to dish it out quickly on screens and bubble passes, and that was against a team who was slow as hell in terms of their D-line. Utah's gonna put much more pressure on him, and our LB's are gonna chew Woods and the other receivers up if they try the same thing this weekend. And though our corners/safeties are our relatively weaker links, our D-line won't give Barkely the time to set up for a long pass,so he'll mostly be throwing in the vicinity of Blechen/Walker, and Thursday's game showed us how that goes.
Just trying to bring a little more concrete of an argument to the table. Cheers.

Las Vegas, NV

As a BYU fan, I would take a QB who throws for only 101 yrds, two TDs and no INTs with a WIN any day over a gun slinger who throws two INTs...with a LOSS. Let's not pass judgement against Wynn (or Heaps for that matter). It's only the first game is the season. Now if you see a trend through the next couple of games, then it's time to worry....but don't hang a guy after just one game.
I've always been impressed with the Utes' defense. I think they will be up for the task on Saturday. Good luck! Beat USC, and tell them Kaveinga says hi. :)

Payson, UT

TamaSamoa is spot on.

Jordan had a big positive coming out of Thursday's game - he didn't make any big mistakes.

One INT can negate 60 or 70 yards of offense gained.

Also, his couple deep passes were right on target, but in good coverage. The difference being a matter of inches between a completion and a deflection.

Jordan should be confident, there was nothing to be upset about. Now he just needs to throw more and stop throwing off the back foot.


ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

wynn needs an arm more than confidence. shoulders injuries are hard to come back from.

Chandler, AZ

The DesNews will be able to publish this same headline for the next 11 weeks.

Walla Walla, WA

confidence will come with a new hair cut. Gotta shave the mullet. Something short and sassy. That breeds confidence.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

There's only one reason I want utah to get the W this Saturday - so they are undefeated against BYU on the 17th.

BYU 31
Texas 17 (BYU's defense will do their job)

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