Utah Utes football: Jon Hays replaces injured Jordan Wynn again

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 9, 2012 9:26 p.m.

    Whether it is the battle of the starting qb's or the battle of the backup qb's on Saturday BYU has the edge, a big edge. whittingham has so badly under recruited, frankly he has simply ignored, the qb position the last few years that utah is in a terrible place with that position. It doesn't make any sense to me either since whittingham played with some great qb's at BYU, Wilson, McMahon, and Young. He should know what a great qb can do for a team more than anyone.

    It's also interesting how he has under recruited and badly misjudged what he needs for an offensive line. It seems as if almost every big line recruit utah gets is put on the defensive line, automatically. The offensive line seems to be an afterthought, a place for guys that didn't cut it on the defensive line.

    It makes one wonder if whittingham is really the genious utah "fans" around here claim him to be when it comes to moving players to positions other than the ones they originally played. Maybe he should have left them where they started out?

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    Sadly I suspected this could happen this early. I would make Hays the starter and Wynn the backup, that way it reduces the chances Wynn will get injured.

    Nelson, is also not that far away from a season ending injury. I suspect the Ute players will try to put him out of the game early on.

  • Utah Businessman Sandy, UT
    Sept. 8, 2012 10:51 p.m.

    I appreciate the many level-headed comments here. I certainly feel for Wynn--has to be devastating for him personally. As a BYU fan, I would like to be looking forward to a win next week, but last year's humiliation by the Utes is still fresh in my mind! The Utes may not be as talented this year, but they always play with a tremendous amount of heart and determination.

    Hoping for an exciting game and possibly a win for the Blue.

  • Uofuby5 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 8, 2012 9:11 p.m.

    The starting QB job was Wynn's to lose ......AND BOY Did he he lose it. Hays is your starter

  • Flames6 North Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 8, 2012 8:14 p.m.

    O line wasn't bad. Wynn can't run and can't throw so he gets sacked. I don't think Hays got touched.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 8, 2012 7:36 p.m.

    Why any Ute fan does anything but hold their breath when Wynn is on the field is beyond me. And I have no idea what to expect next week, but, I'm counting on a close game. I'd have to say BYU's offense is a bit better than Utah's defense and may score two TDs and a FG or two. BYU's defense should be better than the Utah offense and I expect two TD's and two FGs from Utah. Special teams will make the difference and the edge goes to BYU. BYU about 24 to 20. This may be the most unpredictable game yet.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2012 3:30 p.m.


    I actually liked you post. Well thought out. But Wow! No ha ha you lost stuff? Could it be because next week will be the parameter for all future bashing for BOTH sides?

    As for "Cougars on the prowl", I do see Utah as wounded and the running prey right now. BYU looks to be a good team this year.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Sept. 8, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    Well this was expected, just not this early. The Utes O line was pathetic last night and seeing Wynn get sacked the first couple of times was hilarious. Unfortunately it telegraphed how bad this was going to be.

    Like Uteology said, it's time to consider something else Jordan, your days as a starting QB are over. Get well soon and get a clipboard and headset, your OC needs the help.

    Now on to next week.

    Ute blood is everywhere, Cougars are on the prowl!

    Oh, and the PAC 12 finally got a Dish Net deal today. A few more people can watch the national network, on expanded tier coverage. Free for a while as it is introduced, I've heard.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 8, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    I never cease to be amazed by Jon Hays. Say what you will, but he's clearly a team player who has improved his game considerably even though he was destined to be a backup to Wynn and maybe even Travis Wilson. I think he's going to surprise a lot of people and could well be the starting quarterback regardless of Wynn's health.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 8, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    Bye season, good bye Wynn. Hays will play better.

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    Sept. 8, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    I am sorry that the young man got hurt again, but I have to ask how he beat out Hays for the starting job? If Wynn hadn't been hurt, would Utah ever scored?

    Hopefully Wynn will recover, play out his career, graduate and move on with life.

  • flintrock Rigby, Id
    Sept. 8, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    I have said it for the last 3 years. Wynn is not a D1 quarterback. If you look at
    Whit the last 3 years he has really stunk up the place in big games. I would like
    to really know what He ever saw in Wynn. Whit has put his whole program in jeopardy
    the last 3 years with pathetic QB play. Anderson kicked Whit all over the field with
    his play calling. Whit also made a huge mistake with Johnson as Offensive Co-ordinator.
    One thing about Whit though is if he likes you, you have it made. If he dislikes you, you should just leave the program because you will never get a real shot. He must like Wynn a lot because at any other school he would be a waterboy

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Sept. 8, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    Wynn playing next week can only help BYU's chances of winning at RES. Hope he recoveres enough to play.

  • P-diddy17 Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 8, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    Jordan Wynn must have looked like a completely overrated, hyped-up joke, on espn last night. An absolute dismal performance. Glad to see that he's 'injured.' Well done aggies, thank you for humbling us before BYU gets the chance to do so. Hope we keep it close next week... SIdenote: Sean Sellwood was spot-on with his punting last night, great job.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    I really hope Wynn comes back for next game! Ohhhhhh how I hope he does. If we can get the guy in there for just this next game, great things can happen in Salt Lake.

  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    Sept. 8, 2012 8:42 a.m.


    Whittingham was so blind to the real possibility of losing an injury-plagued Wynn last season, that he didn't even have a backup for Jordan until Chow panicked and brought in the only QB he could find on short notice, a D-II QB from a program that dropped football.

    Kyle may be a great defensive coach, but when it comes to recruiting QBs, he's completely clueless. Whittingham's take on QBs is they're simply "athletes" who can easily be converted to other positions.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    I agree with skywalker, I HATE to see any player injured. After that first half performance though, it was readily apparent that the best way for Wynn to help the team was to leave the field. To bad the coaches didn't yank him before he was hurt.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 8, 2012 7:09 a.m.

    Utes may not go bowling this year. Aggies and Cougars will.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Sept. 8, 2012 4:45 a.m.

    Utah football players...big, strong, fast and all China Dolls.

    Sept. 8, 2012 2:24 a.m.

    Wow, talk about overated Utah. For the second year in a row they are showing nothing. And I'm a Utah fan and alumni saying that. Cold hard truth. Not a single player stood out in any way.To make things worse no discipline - one player ejected and how many penalities? Am I alone or did it sound all week like Utah was overlooking Utah State? This team shouldn't be overlooking anyone! Sorry Wynn got hurt again and don't know how long he will be out but it's time to make a change. He's had enough opportunities the last two years and can't get it done.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2012 1:51 a.m.


    You said "anybody who didn't see this coming is either naive or just plain ignorant about how fragile Wynn has been throughout his career". If that's true then count Kyle Whittingham in that category as he has invested three seasons on Wynn. Hays could have used the fall reps. As it is, Utah's season is bleak.

    The PAC 12 network is unavailable in half of the homes around the country. With three games on ESPN, look for Utah to go 0-3 after BYU and USC. That will hurt Utah's recruiting. Utah needs a win and good showing next week. I will be at the games cheering hard, but reality is not as glossy as many saw it. I knew this team would have issues offensively. White IV doesn't have Bergstrom and Cullen anymore, and Brian Johnson is a young and inexperienced coordinator.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 8, 2012 12:29 a.m.


    I guess his doctors are ignorant as well since they gave him the okay to play.

    Wynn's shoulder is as fragile as Austin Collie is with concussions.

    I think both need to move on and retire.

  • Solomon Levi Alpine, UT
    Sept. 8, 2012 12:21 a.m.

    After the way he played against the Aggies, it may not matter whether Wynn is healthy enough to play, his days as Utah's starter may already be over.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Sept. 7, 2012 11:38 p.m.

    I hate to see any player injured, but anybody who didn't see this coming is either naive or just plain ignorant about how fragile Wynn has been throughout his career.

    The only thing even remotely surprising about Wynn's injury is how soon it came in the season - after only 38 pass attempts.