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Published: Thursday, Aug. 7 2014 10:14 a.m. MDT

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gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

I prefer Conner Manning over Kendall Thompson myself. The depth sounds nice but if Wilson gets hurt (likely) then is Thompson ready to be a full time starter. he seems more of a package QB to me. Conner Manning can sling the football and has the California state high school records to prove it. He wasn't as highly recruited because of his lack of stature, but stature doesn't keep big QBs from getting hurt. Manning is not going to run the football, so if protected he can stay healthy and light up the passing yards totals. Maybe a running QB is what Christensen's offense needs to mix it up. Thompson can do that but he is a weaker passer. Wilson can run but look out for the hits (injury). With Utah's talented WRs, I would love to see Utah stretch the field with Manning.

CO Ute
PARKER, CO

Better than the past couple of years when we had no back up with much talent. This will sort itself out soon. Wilson and Thompson are juniors. Cox, Manning and Islom Freshman. Schulz is a great kid with a rocket arm but probably not a serious candidate for playing time. One of the three young kids will move ahead of the other and wouldn't be surprised if one changes position.

water rocket
Magna, UT

The Utes have found in the past that it is unwise to not have enough quarter backs, but six may be a bit too many. Maybe some of them can become converted to defensive backs?

slcftball
Salt Lake City, UT

Article translation = we don't give a rip about the QB's. We are trying to save out jobs and win. Who cares how many QB's never see a rep.

Just wait QB's- once game prep starts in season I get none

65TossPowerTrap
Salmon, ID

Most NFL teams carry 3 quarterbacks on their roster and Utah has 6 on scholarship. I don't get that.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Six seem like a lot; but judging from the past, 4/5 can turn into 2 very quickly. Utah should be fine with Wilson/Manning/Thompson. If anyone outside of those 3 end up as the starter it could be a horrible season.

AlottaBallatas
Centerville, UT

@ 65TossPower . . .

NFL teams have 53 man rosters - NCAA teams carry 105, none of which are under contract.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

This is a good situation to be in. Hopefully the young guys will recognize the need to work hard while patiently awaiting their opportunity. I know that is hard for some kids in today's world where people seem to want everything right now. Nobody wants to wait, but in reality very few kids are ready to play college ball right out of high school. If Connor and Manning are patient and continue their development, their turn will come. When it does, they will be better prepared for success, if they have been studying and preparing properly.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Considering Utah's track record with Quarterbacks lately, I wouldn't worry too much. It doesn't take long to work your way up the depth chart.

TheGreatPAC12
Salt Lake City, 00

Six PAC12 quality QB's to choose from. We can't go wrong here. I predict an 8-4 season.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

No, but who cares? Be the best and you'll play. Don't be the best and you'll sit. That's football.

The Anti Chris
Salt Lake City, UT

For once I agree with CB. When you are not the best you sit (home watching bowl games on tv)

IRS Agent
PROVO, UT

@ Chris B

Are you speaking from experience? Somehow I doubt it.

Tomahawk Red
San Francisco, CA

Depth chart should go:

1) Wilson (the clear winner right now)
2) Thompson (could develop into the best QB)
3) Manning (lots of upside but no experience yet)
4) Cox (plenty of upside as well)
5) Isom (heard a ton about his potential, could be the clear starter in 15 or 16)
6) Schulz (nothing but a backup. We saw that last year)

71-39
Alpine, UT

It doesn't have to be feast or famine. But that's how it's been with Utah lately.
Generally, 4 is an ideal number of QB's to have on a college team. It's somewhat unusual to get down to starting a 3rd string QB during a season and almost unheard of to get to #4. But with the very unusual situation Utah had last year, they've now over-reacted and signed too many. It's theoretically possible to need 6, but extremely unlikely.

It's difficult to keep the lower half of a group that size happy and consequently ready to go... regardless of what is said to the media. Very few snaps = not prepared and not happy.

And if a truly exceptional high school or JC QB happens to become available, he's not likely to give any consideration to a team that already has a half-dozen QB's on their roster.
Utah coaches should rethink their current QB approach.

Copacetic
Logan, UT

@ Tomahawk Red:

It appears you should immediately get your resume in to Kyle Whittingham, since you seem to have more insight to the Ute QB depth chart situation than some of his current coaches.

SN2
Taylorsville, UT

@Mormon Ute
"If Connor and Manning are patient and continue their development, their turn will come."

Connor and Manning are the same person, Connor Manning. Perhaps you meant Cox and Manning?

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