Utah Utes quarterback Jason Shelley (15) passes under pressure during the game against the Brigham Young Cougars at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.

SAN DIEGO — Good luck trying to find out if Tyler Huntley will be Utah’s starting quarterback in the Holiday Bowl. The Utes have circled the wagons on an answer.

Has Huntley been cleared for contact again after breaking his collarbone Nov. 3 in a loss at Arizona State?

“To be determined,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.

Will Huntley start against Northwestern on Monday?

“To be determined,” repeated Whittingham. “I never count anybody out until the last, you know, until they tell me he’s definitely out.”

" To be determined "
Kyle Whittingham on Utah's starting QB

Whittingham did acknowledge that Huntley has been practicing all week and has been involved with about the past 10 practices.

“So we’ll see,” Whittingham said.

Whittingham maintained his stance throughout a media availability Friday afternoon at San Diego Mesa College, where the team has been practicing. He said no starter is going to be named for the Holiday Bowl.

“We won’t. One guy will trot out there,” Whittingham explained. One guy will trot out there on our first offensive possession, and that will be the guy.”

When asked if there was any chance that Huntley and Jason Shelley could both play, Whittingham kept things close to the vest.

“I think there’s a chance for anything right now,” he said. “Don’t count out anything.”

Whittingham later added that Huntley’s progress has been good and he’s “shaking all the rust off” and “is up to speed.”

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Even so, Whittingham admitted there are still some unknowns.

Shelley, meanwhile, is approaching the game as if he’ll be the starter — same as always, long before he took over for Huntley and went 3-1 in the role.

“I just feel like you never know what can happen,” Shelley said. “So if you prepare like you’re going to play then you won’t have to get ready because you’re already ready.”

Shelley, like Whittingham, wouldn’t say who would start on Monday. Shelley opted to “keep it under wraps.”