SALT LAKE CITY — Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham didn’t name a starting quarterback Saturday, but he said that will likely happen early next week.
“We’ll have an announcement Monday about where we’re going,” he said.
Troy Williams, who was voted one of the team’s captains for the second season in a row, said he’s looking forward to not answering questions about that subject every day.
“It’s been a long camp,” he said. “Been competing hard, so hopefully things work out in my favor.”
He said the intense competition from Tyler Huntley and Cooper Bateman has made him a better player.
“Competition keeps you on your toes,” he said. “It makes you work harder every single day.”
BERNARD COMING TO UTAH? Whittingham said he didn’t know anything about BYU linebacker Francis Bernard attempting to transfer to Utah.
“I’m just focused on our guys right here and trying to get ready for North Dakota, but I appreciate you asking,” he said.
Wide receiver Derrick Vickers will not be on Utah’s roster this fall.
“It doesn’t look like Vickers will be here,” Whittingham said. “He won't be here unless there's a miracle that transpired. I can't figure out what that would be."
He said he wasn’t sure if he would come at all, and some of it depends on how Utah’s receiving group progresses and performs this season.
WHITTINGHAM NOT A FAN OF FALL CAMP FORMAT: NCAA rule changes mean significant changes to the way teams conduct fall camp. Whittingham, for one, was not a fan.
"I still like the other format better,” he said. “But I think we handled it as well as we could have. I feel like our team is pretty fresh right now. Even though it's been a long grind, I think we've mixed things up enough and taken the pads off enough times to keep them fresh, and so I would say for the first time through I think we did a pretty good job.”
He said they’ll be taking a look at how to improve the situation next year.
“We'll review it all after it’s over and make any necessary changes for next year,” he said. “Unless they change the rules again, which they probably will. I would say you will probably see a rule change. In fact, I would guarantee it. Write that down; something will change."