Utah Utes football: Quarterbacks making progress

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    April 3, 2012 1:33 p.m.

    K, to answer a few questions/comments from what I know:
    @Qwest: I actually like Hays, he definitely improved throughout the season and I think he would do very well this year if he had to go in as the backup. The reason he lost the UW and ASU games last year was just a lack of prep, now he has the experience.
    TexasGirl: I agree that we'll see how Wynn takes a hit before judging. As for the running, I think he's a little too fragile for designed runs. That being said, from the vids I've seen, he's definitely willing to scramble and pick up yards, which to me is a very positive sign as to his confidence in his shoulder.
    Devilish: agree that last year Wynn was bluffing, but this year I believe him because 1. No throw count, 2. you can see that he's bulked up and has muscle on his arms now, 3. the aforementioned willingness to scramble and run.
    Ragnar: his motion is fixed, no sidearming, good zip, nice spirals for all of his throws (unlike last year).

  • BSU BRONCO!! Rigby, ID
    April 3, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    Maybe with hard work and a whole lot of luck this team will crack the top 50!

  • Ragnar Danneskjold Bountiful, UT
    April 3, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    I feel much better about the QB situation this year, but I still have some doubts. Can somebody fill me in on Wynn's throwing motion? I haven't been reading a ton of articles, but haven't seen mention of this. Last year he didn't have the zip on the ball, but his release was terrible. Lots of batted balls because he was side arming and is already pretty small.
    Honestly, I am hoping to see Wilson take over after a few games. I would like to see him play well and have the team in good hands for 3-4 years, and have Hansen take over after a mission if we don't have better talent come in the meantime. Wynn is fine, but I think we need a viable running threat. I suspect this will be especially important in BJ's new scheme and Wynn doesn't have that.

  • Te Amo Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    Ahhh.... the season of optimism... can't wait for the first game.

  • DevilishUte Tempe, AZ
    April 3, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    I am an avid Ute fan and am hopeful about the QB position, but the QB situation has an eerily familiar feel to it. The success of the season is resting on Wynn's fragile shoulders. Wynn's claiming health, but I don't know if I should believe it and an unresolved backup QB situation. Granted the backup situation is light years ahead of last year's situation. At least there's talent there, albeit green.

    It would be nice if Wynn would be honest about his health. In 2010 he didn't disclose his injury for half of the season and it affected the team. Then last year, he again fibbed about how healthy he was and we saw how little zip there was on the ball even before he got hurt. Now he's claiming complete health again........

  • TexasGirlAUte Draper, UT
    April 3, 2012 6:12 a.m.

    I think our QB situation is looking pretty good. I've watched some videos on whats been going on at practice and theres definitely a lot of zip on those throws from pretty much all our prospects. I am interested to see anything on Schultz, Haven't heard much about him at all. I heard he had an arm, but I haven't seen anything.

    I trust Coach Johnson will be able to get our back up ready, will be interesting to see who wins out.

    I really hope Wynn is as healthy as he says he is and isn't bluffing it like he did last year. But after two years recovery on his throwing shoulder I can't imagine he'd be too far off. None the less, I'll believe it when I see how he reacts to taking a hit. Also, has he started running the ball? A couple of the videos I've seen have shown him running it. Does anyone know if we'll be able to look for that from him this season? Just curious.

    I can feel it. This season is going to be exciting. GO UTES!!!

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    April 3, 2012 12:12 a.m.

    It's kind of crazy to think we went from 1 backup QB without a football team to play for, to a handful of talented players competing for the position. I'm excited to see how both Wilson and Hansen develop into D1 athletes. I think both of them have a great deal of potential. I'm not sure Hayes will see the field this year but that's probably not a bad thing.

    I hope Wynn can stay healthy but I think we do have better backups already than we had last year. Still a lot of unknowns until fall camp, but I'm excited to see what this team can do. I think they will be much improved from last years team.

    Great time to be a Ute!