After just three games, Utah QB Tyler Huntley already being compared to Marcus Mariota

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  • yankees1 Riverton, UT
    Sept. 20, 2017 4:06 p.m.

    Vegas Ute-My comment was made tic with a big helping of sarcasm.Just trying to beat BYU-p fans to the punch

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 20, 2017 2:17 p.m.


    "Why does he or anyone else need to be compared to another player?"

    You might want to actually read the article first before you comment. Here is how it started:

    "Darren Carrington II was just a little hesitant when he was asked after Saturday night’s victory if Utah’s young quarterback, Tyler Huntley, reminded him of anyone."

    How dare he answer a question that was asked of him by the media!


    "Huntley isn't an Elite 11 QB like another QB we all know in the state"

    True. He was Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Florida, which isn't something to sneeze at. At least Huntley is not making Gatorade regret their decision.

    Go Utes!

    Ever forward!

  • Hugo West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 20, 2017 11:00 a.m.

    For all of us Ute fans who have been trying our best not to make comments kicking BYU while they're down - these BYU-fan comments on this article sure make it hard to take the higher road.

    Give it a break BYU fans. Unless you really want us to pile on top of the 2018 Cougars failings.

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    Sept. 20, 2017 7:11 a.m.

    @65weaktoss..........."And the Utah hype machine kicks into overdrive. Are you sure he isn't as good as Cam Newton?"

    I'm sure he's better than magnum and Hoge


    We can see the angst and jealousy you have for Ute fans. We can see you want to make the switch go ahead and make that jump. You may as well cheer for the best program by far in the state of Utah. A program that is relevant and competitive within the PAC12. Go ahead and switch that blue for red like so many others have already done. Trust me you will enjoy college football so much more being a fan for the U!

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 5:27 p.m.

    "*Sigh*...and there it is.

    For all the things that BYU-Provo football lacks this year, fan predictability isn't one of them."

    How convenient for you to diss BYU fans, then act like you are holier-than-thou (a famous ute accusation repeatedly said about Y fans) when they aren't enormored with your attempt to censor them. If you don't want them to comment, why did YOU bring it up before anyone else?

    What a condescending point of view to look in the crimson mirror and see everything utah (program, team, fans, band, stadium, conference, coaches, etc) is good, while everything BYU is bad. You won 2 BCS bowl games (I cheered for u against Alabama) and got invited into the PAC10. BYU has won a NC, a Heisman, & ruled the series for many years before the tides changed. U had the precise same opportunities, and failed, except wining 7 in a row recently.

    What a pity that:
    1- When the media hype turns to the u, you and many others are distancing yourself from it as far and fast as possible, abandoning your team, and
    2- You comment on every article about utah or BYU football that appears in the paper---EVERY ONE---and then act like BYU fans shouldn't enjoy the same privilege.

  • yankees1 Riverton, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 4:11 p.m.

    Huntley isn't an Elite 11 QB like another QB we all know in the state,but he's not bad.

  • MendonMick Mendon, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 2:16 p.m.

    @Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney

    You mad Bro?

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 12:47 p.m.


    "Didn't Colorado join the Pac the same time?"

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 12:17 p.m.

    Funny how people are omitting a key part of Carrington's comment...the part where he says Huntley is a young version of Mariota and that he's not at the level of Mariota just yet. When you keep it in the context that Carrington said it there's really nothing too crazy about his comment.

  • BAKC Litchfield Park, AZ
    Sept. 19, 2017 12:03 p.m.


    Didn't Colorado join the Pac the same time?

  • TouchdownUtes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 11:53 a.m.

    Huntley receiving a compliment from Carrington in his comparison to Mariota is an opinion solely from Carrington.....and he should know, having played with both quarterbacks. But to me, that's where it ends. It's an opinion, folks.....nothing more. Utah haters might want to quelch their tone, here. Besides, you've not played football with Huntley or you have no frame of reference.

  • BAKC Litchfield Park, AZ
    Sept. 19, 2017 11:13 a.m.

    Why does he or anyone else need to be compared to another player? It's not a measuring stick and he should be compared to none other than what he does on the field. What happens if he were to crash and burn, do we start comparing him to other burnouts or do we say he was the guy who was supposed to be like Mariota? Let the season and career play out, maybe he will be just fine without being compared to any other player.

  • Stringer Bell Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 11:06 a.m.

    Interesting though, Whitt didn't back off the comparison. We'll see now that big-boy play is to begin, but this kid has "it" and could be something special. Time will tell.

  • Stringer Bell Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 10:52 a.m.

    Cougsrit: "Utah has beaten 2 poor teams and 1 team with a lousy offense and a very good defense. "

    I wouldn't call North Dakota's defense very good.

  • Former Coach ,
    Sept. 19, 2017 10:16 a.m.

    Carrington said he reminded him of Mariota. No national media outlet or football expert has made this comparison. The Title should say Carrington compares Huntley to Mariota. Thats all this is. I hope he turns out as good or better, but lets not get carried away, starting with the author of this article.

  • CougarinVegas HENDERSON, NV
    Sept. 19, 2017 10:12 a.m.

    I am a Cougar fan and admit having some quarterback envy. Tyler shows great poise and accuracy and seems to be able to see the field well while scrambling. Utah coaches definitely made the right choice giving him the starting nod.

    It helps a young qb a lot to be able to rely on a star like Carrington. The only danger I see for Utah is that their rbs seem a little down this year compared to past years and if they have to rely on Tyler's legs he could expose himself to injury. His run/pass decisions in the BYU game were excellent. I am betting Whittingham and Taylor would like to see him run it a bit less and protect himself more.

    He seems as fast as Taysom Hill to me (not as strong) and more nimble. I think he throws better than Taysom and sees the field better.

  • Hugo West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 9:54 a.m.

    I've been waiting for someone to make the comparison of Huntley and Chuckie Keeton. That's who I see him as. An thin but very talented QB with a lot of ability to run.

    It would serve as a good cautionary tale for Huntley too since Chuckie had as bright of a future as anyone until injuries got the best of him.

    Taysom Hill and Travis Wilson were able to survive college careers as running QBs because they both had the size/build. QBs like Chuckie and Huntley just don't have that luxury though.

  • Wanda B. Rich Provo, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 9:38 a.m.

    It's a little early for such comparisons. I'm sure Huntley is a fine player, but he hasn't really played anyone yet. And against a very mediocre BYU team, he could get the Utes in the endzone only once—one fewer touchdown than Tanner Mangum, statistically one of the worst quarterbacks in the nation, managed against the Utes' superior defense. Yes, he ripped up North Dakota Tech and San Jose Jr. College, but who couldn't?

    When Huntley has embarrassed the PAC-12 defenses, then let's start making comparisons. If the past is any indication, Utah's offense will struggle against the better P-12 teams. If Utah can finish in the top three in the conference, I'll be surprised.

  • JackRyanSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 9:34 a.m.

    BYU guys might want to read the context of the quote before they start attacking. It was an off the cuff comment by a wide receiver. PK, DJ, Monson, etc... have to make a big deal out of it because they seldom have anything original to say, Most of us that support and donate to the U are very realistic about where we are and the talent level. We are in a rebuilding year. We are improving facilities, recruiting, and fundraising every year so that in 5 - 10 years we can consistently have a top 20 recruiting class instead of the current 30-40. People that like to take jabs at Utah never winning the Pac - 12 South should remember how far we have come since we joined the Pac- 12. Not only do we have respect from peer programs and coaches, but we are slowly gaining some national respect. At lease we belong now, even if we are not a top tier program yet. I'm very pleased with the trajectory of the program and know that we will have some disappointments this year, but I can live with that seeing the upgrade in talent. The BYU disaster is helpful as well because the Sitaki honeymoon is over and it will definitely impact local recruiting in favor of Utah.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 19, 2017 9:21 a.m.

    Not sure a 19 year old loaded with confidence needs an overflow of hype. I think Huntley will handle all of this well but growing pains on the field are still going to take place. All of that said, I think the Utes can win 7, maybe 8 games with this Ute team, but the biggest concern for me is the lack of a run game and Huntley taking too many hits. An important note, Mariota had strong RBs, which allowed him to be more effective. For once, Utah lacks there. But the offensive line will gel and get better (talent there). Which RB might emerge? DHC? Maybe Shyne comes back in a few weeks. One can hope.

  • Husker2 Odessa, TX
    Sept. 19, 2017 9:04 a.m.

    Why not just go all the way and compare him to Montana, Elway, and Aikman??

  • SUNNY ALL DAY St George, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 9:02 a.m.

    The...story...came from a comment made by a UTAH WR.
    Move along folks...nothing here to look at, listen to etc....
    Unless, of course, you are a UTAH hater waiting for something...anything to deflect attention away from this years pathetic iteration of byu-p football.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 19, 2017 8:55 a.m.

    @Holy Schmoley What Baloney

    "Before any BYU-P fans latch onto this," Well, robin, too late. Your media appointed spokesman has branded your qb forever..."

    *Sigh*...and there it is.

    For all the things that BYU-Provo football lacks this year, fan predictability isn't one of them.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 8:48 a.m.

    He is good but lets not get carried away....or let him get carried away.

  • utahcoyote Saint George, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 8:13 a.m.

    love the strong arm huntley has, which utah has seldom seen. for the most part , he is also very accurate. he still makes some freshman mistakes like the pick he threw late in first half which was a terrible read downfield (against sjsu). that's normal and part of what comes with moving to a passing game.

    would like for utah to run some plays where he starts under center, and just drops back to pass instead of rolling out. he has the receivers to stretch the field, and that might open up something for the running game.

    he actually reminds me a bit more of a young steve young. cougar fans don't remember, but young didn't do much his first 2 seasons, throwing as many picks as touchdowns, but he showed a ton of potential. huntley seems to be more accurate, and less of a gambler passing but they were both very elusive. if utah, can get something approaching young's last season out of huntley this year; that would be great. young and huntley featured speed and strong arms. builds are also similar.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 8:01 a.m.

    Of all the comments above, Sanefan's might be the least frantic and emotional. He might be the only one that actually read the article, not just the headline.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Sept. 19, 2017 7:58 a.m.

    And the Utah hype machine kicks into overdrive. Are you sure he isn't as good as Cam Newton?

  • red.diehard Central, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 7:53 a.m.

    @ Cougrit

    "Utah has beaten 2 poor teams and 1 team"...that is in the Big Sky.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 7:46 a.m.

    "Before any BYU-P fans latch onto this," Well, robin, too late. Your media appointed spokesman has branded your qb forever, and just like utes grill BYU fans about preseason articles, you get to OWN this one. BYU never entered the discussion until YOU brought them into it. Your transfer gets more media than Donald Trump so you can swallow what he says as others point out the inaccuracy of it. He may be right, but Huntley hasn't played a down of PAC12 football this season and Mr. C has you guys going to the Rose Bowl. (That has a familiar ring to it, too.) I'll bet Whittingham is thrilled to have a loose cannon talking like this; he doesn't have to make sense of it. You need to meet some more u fans as I'm sure hundreds of them are pleased beyond belief with this article. Next time, if you want to censor BYU fans over a u media story, kindly leave them out of your comments yourself. Such an approach will work wonders.

  • Cougsrit Layton, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 7:26 a.m.

    Come on people!
    Utah has beaten 2 poor teams and 1 team with a lousy offense and a very good defense.
    Against BYU, Utahs offense scored a total of 1 touchdown!
    Let’s not put the cart before the horse here. This kid might end up being a very good player but he is no Mariott, yet.

  • Nickg900 Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 19, 2017 7:12 a.m.

    Impartial7, I don't think his size is an issue! If he put on just 10 more lbs, his height and weight would be identical to Michael Vick, and he had a long, successful NFL career! With his body type, Michael Vick might be a more accurate comparison!

  • Sparkley Briefs New York, NY
    Sept. 19, 2017 6:19 a.m.

    Whoa, steady there cowboy...this reminds me of BYU fans all giddy for Heisman hopefuls Jake Heaps, Taysom Hill, and Tanner Mangum. Comparing Huntley to Mariota is kind of ridiculous at this point. I am hoping that Huntley becomes a very good quarterback, but Mariota was a very rare talent. Mariota provides something of a benchmark for what Huntley can shoot for, but let's put a hold on the hype and just let the young man be the best Tyler Huntley.

  • Not Much of a Fan Irvine, CA
    Sept. 19, 2017 12:07 a.m.

    Nobody is saying Huntley is being moved to safety. C'mon man - that's fake news!

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Sept. 18, 2017 10:58 p.m.

    Too early to make these kind of comparisons.

    I hope Huntley maintains his productivity during the conference season.

    We need someone else to run the ball effectively.

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    Sept. 18, 2017 10:09 p.m.

    Utah is Quarterback University. Go Utes!

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 18, 2017 10:02 p.m.

    Mariota is 6'4" and 225 lbs.
    Huntley is 6'1" and 190 lbs.

    the NFL would chew him up and spit him out in pre-season. So will the PAC 12 if he's going to be the leading running back. The kid's got talent,, use it correctly. But he won't last the season running like he does.

  • rslutefan Gilbert, AZ
    Sept. 18, 2017 10:01 p.m.

    It will be nice if Utah can actually have all the parts together at once. Strong Defense, Great special teams (kicking/punting) and this year a solid QB and elite receiver. The problem is no Booker this year. No Joe Williams this year and that kind of talent at RB would really help Utah to be at the top of the PAC12. .... so we Utah fans should remain cautiously optimistic that at some point - all the parts will come together.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 18, 2017 9:16 p.m.

    Before any BYU-P fans latch onto this, be it known that this comparison was made by a Utah player, not Utah fans or media. I don't know a single Utah fan who would compare Huntley to Mariota.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 18, 2017 9:11 p.m.

    We'll know a lot more about Huntley after the first few weeks of PAC 12 play. I'm cautiously optimistic at this point.

  • Deuhnicejob Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2017 8:43 p.m.

    Lets just enjoy him at qb before he gets moved to safety, I keep hearing this from our southern counterparts. They're usually pretty accurate right?

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Sept. 18, 2017 8:42 p.m.

    I would suggest that Ute fans cool their jets for several more games. One news story in the DN is rather like the start of the annual hype for another Heismann QB candidate from the TDS. Huntley looks very good so far, and I think he has the talent needed to be quite good, but let us get a bit more experience with him before climbing on that particular bandwagon. There will be plenty of time to get on board if it is for real.

    Sept. 18, 2017 8:20 p.m.

    If Huntley can continue his accuracy and production in conference play, watch out. Furthermore, players of this caliber at QB attract top tier skill players (running backs, receivers). Everyone wants to be a winner and be a part of a winning program.

    Huntley does not lack in confidence and courage.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Sept. 18, 2017 8:13 p.m.

    If that comes to fruition, Utah is going to be a very good and dangerous team. He could propel them to the elite of college football.