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Published: Saturday, June 14 2014 2:59 p.m. MDT

Updated: Saturday, June 14 2014 2:59 p.m. MDT

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Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Maybe he will help them to get to 5-7 this year.

from but not of
Lindon, UT

Welcome to Utah Thurm! Game on & you had me at hello. You have "it".

Word.

KYUte
Louisville, KY

Given the fact that last season we were just a few plays (INT's mostly) away from 8-4 (OSU, UCLA and ASU), I'd say we easily surpass 5-7 this year.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

Welcome to Utah, Kendal! Lower humidity and no tornadoes - a fringe benefit of moving out West.

I certainly hope for the best with Travis Wilson from a health standpoint, and here's to excellent competition elevating all the Utah QBs and getting them ready for a good season.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

I hope it's not just more mediocrity at QB, it's been a major hole in the Utes for the past few years.

Fight On!
St George, Utah

Not exactly an impressive highlight film. And to think those were his best plays while playing "garbage" minutes against Iowa State... yikes.

How do you possibly expect to be competitive in the PAC-12 with your current QB situation? If Wilson does not get the nod, Whittingham has very little in the cupboard as far as experience goes. Of the 4 remaining QB options only 1 has taken a meaningful snap and he is 1-4 as a starter with the single win coming over Colorado. There is definitely talent though, so all hope is not lost.

I hope your coaches can get things figured out so I can justify spending the money to watch my Trojans beat you in a competitive game in person.

Fight On!

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks for the well written article, Dirk. I can't wait to see what this young man brings to the Utes!

Welcome to Utah, Kendal!!

Go Utes!

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

Not sold on this guy...

Really hope on wrong.

islandboy
Honolulu, HI

Welcome and good luck!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I think is Wilson stays healthy a 7-5 record is very possible. But it very well may be that Wilson gets passed up by Kendal or one of the other QB's. Will be interesting to see how it shakes out

go UTES

UU
Provo, UT

@Down under
"Maybe he will help them to get to 5-7 this year."

0-4 still stings

UU
Provo, UT

Chris B,

I hope your right about 7-5, but keep in mind the Utes may very well end up with the #1 SOS nationally which would make 7-5 a very tall task.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

It sounds like the Utes have taken cared of business as far as their q/b situation is concerned. Hope all of this translate to a better showing this year, especially within their own conference division. Their SOS is without a doubt among the top in the nation, but it means nothing if they don't take care of business. Hope this year will be the one for them to do it. I do believe more coaching changes will occur if they don't, and Head Coach KW's job will be seriously on the line. Then again, I maybe wrong, and I hope I am because I do like him and hope he stays in Utah for a long time!

From a diehard Cougar fan, Good luck Utes!

xert
Santa Monica, CA

Too much of Daddy in this article and I wonder if that might be the reason he is transferring in the first place. The young man is a college graduate and is the father of a child. Let him speak for himself. The fact that he calls coming to Utah a "business decision?" Whoo boy. Good luck to this new Ute and to his family. I hope he has a good and productive two years on the hill.

Osgrath
Provo, UT

It's been a long QB drought on the hill, every since Brian Johnson; let's hope all the potential translates into quality play. I agree that with the SOS a 7-5 record is a tall order, but if the team plays as the guys are capable of playing, it is possible.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Wow. Its either feast or famine at the "U" in the quarterback department. Maybe the "Utes" plan is to put in a new quarterback every game or so to keep everyone off balance. If it works, everyone will be doing it next year.

CO Ute
PARKER, CO

Wishing the best for Travis Wilson this year but I suspect Thompson will see the field. Several scenarios for my comment:
1- Wilson isn't medically cleared and can't play.
2- Thompson beats out all the other QB's.
3- Wilson is the starter but gets injured during the year.
4- Offense is stagnant and we put in the backup QB and move to a spread.
5- Well behind in a game and he gets in during mop up time to see if he can bring a spark

I think the Utes can win six games this year and get to a bowl game but the schedule is a killer. If Thompson moves ahead of Cox and Manning, one of the above will happen at some point.

Darren Rowe
Heber City, UT

@KYUte

"Given the fact that last season we were just a few plays (INT's mostly) away from 8-4 (OSU, UCLA and ASU), I'd say we easily surpass 5-7 this year."

Do you realize that you were also a few plays away from going 1-11 last year? (Utah St, BYU, Stanford, Colorado)

Here is my prediction for utah this year:

Non-conference- they win their first 2 games and lose to Michigan. I think most people would have to agree that a 2-1 start is a fair assumption.

Conference- they have gone from 4-5 to 3-6 to 2-7. I would say that with that trend, winning 1 game is a very real possibility.

I will still give them 2, maybe 3 conference wins.

Adding up conference play and non-conference play, that gives them anywhere from a 3-9 to a 5-7 record.

Meet in the middle, and I predict a 4-8 record this year.

I'm not saying a bowl game is impossible, but I would say my reasoning for a 4-8 season is pretty fair.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Tandj, noted. So what? He's a human being with a family.

truthsandwich
RANDOLPH, UT

TandJ

"Note the comment in the article that he is coming to Salt Lake with "his girlfriend and 2-year-old daughter."

Why?

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