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The three in-state FBS schools are led by senior quarterbacks this year, including BYU's Taysom Hill, left, Utah's Travis Wilson, center, and Utah State's Chuckie Keeton.

In Merriam-Webster's dictionary, adversity is described as "a difficult situation." Senior quarterbacks Taysom Hill (BYU), Chuckie Keeton (Utah State) and Travis Wilson (Utah) can relate. The projected starters have all had injuries to overcome in their careers.

Although Hill, Keeton and Wilson faced different challenges, each player found a way to get back under center. They enter the 2015 season — their final collegiate campaigns — with optimism and high expectations.

The quarterbacks, who are all mended up and determined to succeed, are driven by a variety of factors.

The bottom line, though, is leading their respective teams to victories.

For Hill and the Cougars, the route is independence; Keeton and the Aggies are charged with climbing the Mountain West; while Wilson and the Utes seek to rise above the rest in the Pac-12.

There will be plenty of tests along the way, no doubt. However, these signal callers are battle-tested, experienced and prepared to do whatever it takes to get the job done.


Taysom's last stand: Cougars looking for special season with senior QB Hill at the controls

Harmon writes: How much swagger BYU finds after September will prove key to rest of 2015 season

X-factor: Receiver Nick Kurtz poised for breakout year in 2015?

Two-deep: BYU's unofficial 2015 depth chart


One final go-round: Ute quarterback Travis Wilson close to making history at the U.

Brad Rock: Utes say they'll let games do their talking

X-factor: Cory Butler-Byrd has ability, attitude to change games for Utah

Two-deep: Utah's 2015 depth chart


Chuckie Keeton: Aggies counting on quarterback, in fifth and final year, to go out on a high note

X-factor: Utah State defensive end Ali'ifua feeling fine, 'blessed' heading into junior season

Randy Hollis: Utah State Aggies building a consistent winning culture in Cache Valley

Two-deep: Utah State's 2015 depth chart


Southern Utah football: T-Birds committed to raising the bar this season

Nine to know: Southern Utah players to watch in the upcoming season


Weber State football: Young, talented Wildcats aim to turn things around in 2015

Eight to know: Weber State players to watch in the upcoming season