Utes have a stable of quarterbacks

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    March 1, 2014 9:47 p.m.

    Duck, or the ones who believed the one about Bachynski being kicked off the team last year. Or the one about Whittingham violating recruiting rules to get Jake Murphy to play for him. Or (my favorite) the one about me actually being a Des News moderator. So many sound theories over the last couple years.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 1, 2014 5:15 p.m.


    The smart ones.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    March 1, 2014 3:35 p.m.

    Duck would know. Remember, he's a Tulsa native. LOL

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    March 1, 2014 3:27 p.m.

    Ah come on Duckhunter at least the new guys seem to be able to complete sentences and at this point they retain a tiny bit of credibility. They might have pie in the sky high hopes but let them dream brother. Before all the Ute trolls start hating and the BYU trolls start thinking I'm their new best friend, I will say that I am a Utah fan. To all of you so called experts out there let me reiterate what I've been saying the problem with Utah football is right now. It is the O-Line! They could put Manning or Brady or a number of other elite QB's behind the guys the U has now and they would get the same results they've had the last 2-3 seasons. They aren't bad football players but they are horribly inconsistent and not nearly as physical as they need to be.

    March 1, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    How many are buying Duck's latest conspiracy theory?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 1, 2014 9:00 a.m.

    How many of you utah fans are buying into the new chris b persona's of sooner1 and soonermagic?

  • Soonermagic Norman/USA, OK
    March 1, 2014 2:08 a.m.

    Kendal Thompson is the real deal. When all 3 OU qb were healthy through spring & summer, many considered him in the lead going into fall camp. You guys are getting a starting QB for OU type of talented guy. Wilson looks to have some talent as well, but he isn't too efficient with 16 tds (which is impressive) but the 16 ints are a coaches nightmare. Dave Christiansen really wanted this kid & you guys will soon see why. Stupid elusiveness & very accurate. What he did in the video, he did all the time at practice. Many current & former players at OU complained about him not getting a chance because they all new & know how legit he is. Stoops reprimanded many of the current players because of it & cut them off from the media to avoid controversy when many were calling for him to play. Go check twitter feed of many of former players that are now in the NFL like Tony Jefferson, Kenny Stills, Adrian Peterson, Demarco Murray. The Present & past players always know more so than most of us fans on the outside.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 6:23 p.m.

    Interesting that alot of QB's are transferring to the U or want to... Schulz, G Paul, & Thompson (from Wyo).

  • T.S.Zarathrustra Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 5:43 p.m.

    Of course it will be Wilson. The competition will be for backup which for three years has been extremely important. If Wilson were any more vulnerable to injury than anyone else he wouldn't be allowed to participate in the Spring. Calling it an open competition is necessary politics.

  • Black&Blue St George, Utah
    Feb. 28, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    Utah definitely has stocked the cupboards full of some options to help them compete in the PAC-12. But besides Travis Wilson, none of these QB's have played in a meaningful Division 1 game besides Shulz,(who Utah fans regard as "not a D1 QB) and Kendall Thompson (Who has only thrown 13 passes in 3 years as a sooner). At this point the quality and potential is completely unknown for these QB's. But having 8 options definitely doesn't hurt.

    As far as Chase Hansen goes, I have an honest question. If Whittingham is fired following another losing season, does Chase Hansen jump to BYU? I remember hearing that he grew up a HUGE BYU fan, but BYU was recruiting him as a LB and not a QB so that played into his decision to pick the Utes. I wonder if the new GFGH offense under Anae changes anything?

    And IF Utah parts ways with Whittingham, who will take over? Sitake? Christensen? Or someone outside Ute nation?

  • UU Provo, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 2:51 p.m.


    Thanks for clarification. I missed the word SPRING

  • UtahAlumnus St. George, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 1:48 p.m.

    Redshirt Wilson for precautionary reasons,
    redshirt Isom,
    Wyoming Thompson sits out,
    Schulz either transfers or is just out of the picture.

    That leaves K Thompson, Manning, Cox, Micah Thomas (is he still around?) to compete for the job.

    My money is on K Thompson, not because I have any idea how good he is, but because I have a feeling that he came him because coaches said he has great chance to start. Though I am dying to see what Manning and Cox can do.

  • Protecting This House Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 1:37 p.m.

    With this new stable of QBs chomping at the bit, spring ball should prove to be a rodeo! Looking forward to bigger, faster, stronger options on offense this upcoming season. Cannot wait. Go Utes!

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    Everyone who wants to label Wilson as a turnover machine might want to slow down just a bit. He had quite a few picks that bounced right off his receiver's hands (four in the UCLA game alone). In my opinion the way ints. are tracked need to be changed. If the ball is on target and hits the receiver in the hands then the receiver should be charged with an int. and not the QB.

    As far as Chase Hansen when he does get home next winter, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they moved him to LB. He was a standout LB in high school and heavily recruited for that position as well. So unless he comes home and blows the rest of them out of the water or is at least in the mix for the starting QB spot I think they get him on the field as soon as they can which would mean LB.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 28, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    I'm thrilled to have our "problem" of "too many" QBs. Imagine the enhancement of overall improvement of our QB-play quality. I don't ever want to experience again what occurred when JW/TW went down [although I'll always be appreciative of what JH/AS did for us in relief and particularly for AS enabling us to maintain Manning's/Cox's RS].

    Regarding JT, it's my understanding he'll most certainly be moved-on over to D and is really viewed as an ATH, not as a QB. He was quite the athlete coming out of H.S. in WA.

    Coach DC won national awards at MIZZOU for a reason. He will keep Coach KW at bay and disallow him from meddling into his affairs on his side as he maintains an iron-tight grip on our O and running it as he sees fit, start-to-finish. He's as much an A-Personality as Coach KW is! If only he were here last year during our game against ASU! I've never gotten over that game and how utterly ticked-off I was over our somehow/someway managing to lose certain victory!

    Feb. 28, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    Ifel, spring practices don't affect eligibility, the only requirement is that they are enrolled in classes. Jason Thompson already is, so he'll be practicing in the spring. Isom hasn't enrolled, as he is finishing high school this spring, and Kendal Thompson won't graduate from OU until May. That makes the six QBs mentioned practicing this spring Wilson, Schulz, Manning, Cox, Jason Thompson and Micah Thomas. Unless Thomas surprises everybody and shoots his way up the depth chart this spring, I expect he'll move to corner this summer.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Feb. 28, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    Hansen won't get home until January 2015, maybe December 2014

    I think they talk about 6 QB's for spring ball due to the fact that the 2 transfers won't be eligible for SPRING ball, they have to be enrolled (I think).

    Multiple QB's with another in a long line of revolving OC's... I am not sure that is a good problem to have.

  • ScooterZG Star, ID
    Feb. 28, 2014 10:05 a.m.

    Hansen won't be back until 2015.

    Figure him to be in the mix at the position as well when he's back...he was as dynamic a HS playmaker as I've ever seen come through the state. All depends on what kind of shape he comes back in from off the mission.

    The depth chart looks crowded now, but it'll thin out. Expect at least a couple of changes/transfers.

    Micah Thomas will either play safety or transfer out. He won't play QB at the U.
    Adam Schulz, bless his soul, just isn't a Pac 12 QB. Expect a transfer.
    The loser of the Cox vs. Manning battle could either transfer or be a position change, too.

    Also, if Gionni Paul couldn't get cleared from Miami, J. Thompson won't from Wyoming.

    By Fall the QB position will be much less crowded, expect to see:

    Wilson, K. Thompson, Cox/Manning, Isom with J. Thompson sitting out a year.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 10:00 a.m.

    There are no prima dona's in a Kyle Wittingham program. If Thompson or any of the other QB's perform better than Wilson, they will take his place. I'm sure Kyle will defer to Christensen and Roderick on deciding who the starter will be and Christensen has no preconceived notions. Maybe that's one reason BJ has moved on. The QB situation needed a fresh look.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    We will be middle of the Pac next year for sure and that is really cool that we will be in the middle now.

    Go Utes!

  • PG33 Layton, Utah
    Feb. 28, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    Whatever happened to Chase Hansen from Lone Peak? Shouldn't he be getting home from his mission in time for this season?

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    Coach Whit is being very tight lipped as he wants all the quarterbacks to go into Spring ball with the mentality of competing for the job, but I have to believe he and the offensive coaching staff are thrilled to add Kendall Thompson to the roster. Based on video I've seen, I would put him #1 on the depth chart going into Spring ball.

    Manning is still very young, TW is a health question mark, Isom will redshirt, Schulz will be relegated to a practice squad player or leave the program, and Cox is also unknown. I'm very happy the coaching staff is not settling on any one player.

    Kendall Thompson is the most complete spread offense QB I've seen of the bunch right now. I still think Manning is the QB of the future, but KT has the skills and ability to start now and run the spread offense the way it was meant to be run with a quick QB who has a very good arm.

    Feb. 28, 2014 8:11 a.m.

    UU, "Whittingham did say, however, that all six players would enter SPRING ball as quarterbacks"

    Thompson and Isom won't join the team until at least May.

  • sooner1 edmond, OK
    Feb. 28, 2014 5:54 a.m.

    Kendall Thompson is the play maker athlete Utah needs.
    You want a hurry up spread offense with a dual threat... Then this is your guy.
    Congrats Utes on a big time pick up with KT!!!
    Boomer Utes!

  • UU Provo, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 12:23 a.m.

    "Whittingham did say, however, that all six players would enter spring ball as quarterbacks"

    Six? I count 8.
    J. Thompson
    K. Thompson

    I'm assuming this means Isom will red-shirt and they expect J. Thompson will not be eligible for another year.

    If you have seen game film on Thomas it's evident he's not the guy (too small & no arm). Schulz is not D1 talent either. So realistically that leaves the following to compete for the starting spot:
    K. Thompson

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    Yes we do.

    I think with a go fast go hard offense like our new OC has proven he can do, we could end up middle of the Pac 12 next year.

    And considering for the second year in a row we will be playing one of the hardest schedules in the entire country, that would be a great accomplishment.

    Excited for spring ball and the future of the Pac 12 utes.

    Onward and upward

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 8:57 p.m.

    I am glad Wilson is healthy enough to be available, however one more bang to the head and it might not be just the end of his career. Is football more important than his health? His status as a turnover machine should move him down the depth chart at least for next year. Shultz was almost as "giving" as Wilson was.

    As for the rest of the squad of QBs it will be interesting to see who rises to the top. My gut feeling is that the starter will be either Thompson or Manning with Cox third. Its a relief that there is finally some options at the U.

    Feb. 27, 2014 8:42 p.m.

    I think the biggest thing that needs to happen is that Whittingham needs to figure out which quarterbacks are obviously better and keep them at the U. I'm sure at least one of these guys will not end up staying at the U. If they can do this and create healthy competition that will better the more ready quarterbacks then I think we'll be set to start the year.