SALT LAKE CITY — Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said junior-college transfer Jon Hayes "almost certainly" will start at quarterback Saturday against Arizona State.

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Whittingham made the announcement at his Monday news conference. He had no further information about the long-term availability of Jordan Wynn as the junior was still undergoing tests Monday on his left non-throwing shoulder.

Hays played the second half of Saturday's 31-14 loss to Washington, completing 10 of 16 passes for 156 yards. He had an interception and a last-minute touchdown.

The Utes (2-2, 0-2) had hoped to contend for the Pac-12 South title but are winless in conference play and now face a Sun Devil team that has climbed to No. 22 in the rankings thanks to a 4-1 start.

Whittingham was hopeful top offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom would play.