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Utes' quarterback competition between Travis Wilson and Kendal Thompson commences

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  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:23 p.m.

    What Cougsndawgs said.

  • Jefe-Ute Richmond, VA
    Aug. 6, 2014 7:12 p.m.

    @deductive reasoning

    I already gave the explanation. You can look up the articles yourself and read all about it.

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    Jefe-Ute

    If KT was penciled in as the starter last season, why would he leave an elite program like Oklahoma to play for a bottom dwelling program like Utah?

  • Jefe-Ute Richmond, VA
    Aug. 6, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    @worf

    Your comment shows your inability to research situations. KT was penciled in at starter going into fall camp last year until he broke his foot day 1. That automatically put him as the last QB. When he finally was healthy again, the starting QB was playing well enough that there was no need to switch things around.

    I guess Cam Newton is a terrible QB too because he played Juco football...

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    If Thompson wins the job...

    Wilson at TE?

    6'7 235 lb. pass catching TE.

    A senior year could easily put Wilson at 250 lbs.

    As the NFL continues to morph into a mobile QB/passing league...

    NFL TE's block, but are increasingly looked at as go-to-guys on plays that break down.

    If QB is not in the cards, TE would be a great option for Wilson.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    @Rose Bowl Call Yet?: Will do. Although I'm not sure you read any of my posts. Maybe you should go back and do that and that comment may make as little sense to you as it does to me. Good luck to whatever team you root for.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    Travis Wilson is going to lead this team to a national champion and a real good record and a rose bowl championship and a Heisman championship and more big boy recognition and more prestegousness like we already have!

    Go Utes!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:55 a.m.

    How about Conner Manning? He is more equipped to be the back up than Kendall Thompson to me. Thompson is a set package guy. Manning is a pure passer but given Christensen's offense, maybe not the best option.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:08 a.m.

    Neither Wilson, or Thompson would be a third quarterback on another PAC 11 team.

    This doesn't speak well for being bowl eligible.

    Thompson couldn't make it in Oklahoma, and is equal to Wilson?

    5-7, or 4-8 will not cut it.

    this year.

  • Rose Bowl call yet? Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:53 p.m.

    Utefan4Lyf

    "Utah is a part of the conference of champions no matter what the record."

    That's nice.

    Call us when the Utah men win their first conference championship, let alone, national championship, in any PAC 12 sport.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:00 p.m.

    @mussingaround: It means just what I said. It isn't the Pac 10.2 or PAC 11. It's the PAC 12. Utah is a part of the conference of champions no matter what the record. Things will change, get better. If you don't believe that, don't watch. I love my Utes. I'm proud of them. Go Utes!!!

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    Aug. 5, 2014 8:27 p.m.

    Utefan4Lyf

    "While I understand the theory on that, the fact remains that even if Utah never wins their division they are still part of the Pac 12."

    Which means exactly what?

    The Utes weren't invited to join the PAC 12 because of their perennially mediocre, 2-hit wonder football program.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:52 p.m.

    @CougsandDawgs:
    While I understand the theory on that, the fact remains that even if Utah never wins their division they are still part of the Pac 12. They were invited, they accepted and no matter what the stats, they are not going anywhere.
    As for your second point, I don't disagree. It takes time. The team builds talent, settles in, starts winning those close games. It doesn't happen overnight, but it will happen. I, for one, will support them no matter what. We've already shown glimpses of what we can accomplish with Stanford and a lot of close games. It's all about putting together a complete game every week. We'll get there. Until then, I'll be happy to watch them play Oregon, USC, Stanford and ASU in RES.
    Go Utes
    @scott:
    We'll watch the season this year. If we continue on a downward trend and end below Colorado and CAL we can revisit. Until then the names are still pointless.

  • Jman87 Washington, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    @ Chris B

    You all act as if he is crazy, I would have to agree that seven wins is possible. The only team that will be on the lookout for the Utes is Stanford because we pretty much knocked them out of the NC game. If Wilson can stay healthy the entire year, I think 7 wins is definitely possible. I think we can win all three non-conference games and the fact Wilson led us to those close games against OSU and UCLA after throwing way too many INTs means he is something special. Who else can throw six interceptions in a game and lose by only seven points? Then the next week beat the No. 5 team in the nation? That's right, only Travis Wilson.

    GO UTES!!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    Utefan4Lyf:
    I can't speak for BYU fans because I don't use the whole PAC11 or 10.2 stuff but my guess is that many BYU fans don't believe Utah deserves their place in the PAC12. Colorado has a national championship and a power conference championship on their resume. Cal has multiple PAC10 championships with the last being in 2006 (shared with USC).

    I don't personally agree with other BYU fans on this point, but that may be why they use the alternative PAC names instead of the PAC12. All Utah has to do to end it is at least finish with a winning conference record, and compete for at least an appearance in the PAC12 championship game.

    As for getting old, when is it going to get old for Utah and it's fans to be happy about playing Oregon, USC, UCLA, ASU, etc and not actually beating them? It's a great schedule and exciting now, but it's still new. After 10 years of being kicked around in the conference it won't be new anymore and will definitely get old. What then?

  • Jefe-Ute Richmond, VA
    Aug. 5, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    @johnny triumph

    Have you ever played sports before? Competition is excellent. I'm not saying this would happen, but saying TW is the starter no matter how well the other QBs play would usually mean that TW stops trying so hard because he is the automatic starter, and the other QBs don't try as hard because they have no chance at starting. Competition fuels success and reaching your limits. KT will keep playing hard to get the starting position which will push TW to play harder to keep the starting job. I think this QB competition is fantastic and am trying hard to keep a level head with all the enthusiasm this year. The Utes are deep and I hope it shows this year.

    Plus he is still #1 on the depth chart.

  • scott Alpine, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 4:05 p.m.

    Utefan4Lyf

    "Once they hit the bottom we can revisit..."

    With 4-5, 3-6, 2-7 finishes in their first three seasons, that's certainly the direction they're trending, with 1-8, 0-9, the only steps left in "achieving" rock bottom.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2014 4:00 p.m.

    skywalker
    Palo Alto, CA

    Utefan4Lyf

    4-5, 3-6, 2-7 prove that Utah is trending towards the bottom of the conference, so PAC 10.2 or PAC 11 are coming closer to reality for the Utes every year.

    ---------------

    Not really, Utah's average ranking over the last three years is #9. Which means 3 teams have been worse on average. So Utah on average has been part of the PAC 10.

    The reality is the team that is 0-3 vs Utah and 2-5 vs PAC-12 over the same period would be worse.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 5, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    After all that Travis has done for Utah's football program, it seems like a bit of a slap in the face for him to be "trying out" for his starting QB position, especially against a transfer who has only completed 4 of 13 passes during his entire college career.

    Utah continues trying unorthodox experiments - changing OCs every year, having co- or even tri-OCs, hiring one of the youngest OCs in the country with absolutely no OC experience, converting most QB recruits to other positions and leaving no depth at the most critical position on the team, and running a two-QB offense, with QBs with vastly different styles.

    As usual with Whittingham's offenses, this seems like another act of desperation, but there's alot more riding on this experiment, namely, Whittingham's job.

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    @skywalker: Once they hit the bottom we can revisit. Until then, there is no basis for the saying. That is my point. Stats don't lie. They have not hit bottom, therefore the saying is moot.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    @MyPersp - "The only way it could possibly get any better than this is to win!"

    Morale sinks when you keep losing. I coached a little league baseball team this summer and even though we thought we stayed upbeat in losses they sure took their toll. It was of no consolation to the 4th graders that one team that beat them finished undefeated on the season. Wins matter to the overall long-term health of the program, I sure hope the U can get some quality wins or else the program will start to fail even more. Playing top talent is one thing but you still need to win something!

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    It's sad to me that Wilson's been the starter yet he's in a fight for the starting job. 23 career touchdown passes should have him in the starting job, until you see 22 interceptions there as well.

    @chrisb - You'll just say you're being optimistically realistic but really, 7 wins?

    I sure hope the U can do well this season but it's not looking promising.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Aug. 5, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    Utefan4Lyf

    4-5, 3-6, 2-7 prove that Utah is trending towards the bottom of the conference, so PAC 10.2 or PAC 11 are coming closer to reality for the Utes every year.

    Just like their basketball team, Utah's football teamm may have to hit rock bottom and rebuild from the ground up with a new coach before they become competitive with the bottom half of the PAC 12.

  • kitsutsuki South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    Utefan4Lyf - it will get old once you prove you belong. Probably going to take a long, long time!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 5, 2014 12:13 p.m.

    USAlover:

    "I think every PAC 12 team is hoping Travis Wilson wins the job."

    Especially Stanford!

    Thanks for playing!!

    Go Utes!!

  • Utefan4Lyf West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    I get the smack talk between BYU and Utah fans, I've given enough myself, but when is the "PAC 10.2 or PAC 11" comment going to get too old? After all, even in our worst years we haven't been the bottom of the PAC. So truly, last year you would have been talking about CAL and Colorado and based on projections this year you would be talking about the same teams.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    ”You don’t ever want to go into a situation where you don’t have a quarterback or a backup.” -- Christensen

    Yet, that is exactly what Kyle did in Season 1 and 2 and in Season 3 he had no backup.

    Worse yet, in Season 2 & 3 he had no real OC.

  • Utes-Best Lil Brothers Anaheim, CA
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    christy

    "Travis Wilson is going to lead this team to a 7-5 record and a great bowl game!"

    7-5?

    Name the 7 so we can "mark them down"!

    On the bright side, we've heard that the Utes are already picking up the Pace for the couch potato chip bowl.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    USAlover
    Salt Lake City, UT

    "I think every PAC 11 team is hoping Travis Wilson wins the job."

    Fine...the rest of the conference underestimate the Utes. I tend to agree with several comments here, this is going to be a fun year. The Utes will welcome some of the best talent in the country to RES and play some of the best on the road. The only way it could possibly get any better than this is to win!

    Go Utes!
    Go Pac-12!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 5, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    I'm hoping Thomspon can seperate him self and lead this team. Although Wilson looked good at times, his INT's killed Utah last year. I know he wasn't the sole reason for the 7 loses, but the QB position is critical.

    Go Utes!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    Travis Wilson is going to lead this team to a 7-5 record and a great bowl game!

    Go UTES

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:40 a.m.

    This is the first time in a long time that I actually feel comfortable and at ease with the QB situation. Even if, heaven forbid, Utah continues to get plagued with an injured QB the team has a legitimate #2 that could step in and lead the team. (Sigh of relief)

    Go Utes

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:40 a.m.

    I think every PAC 11 team is hoping Travis Wilson wins the job.

  • KYUte Louisville, KY
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    Great news! I can't wait for the season to start!