Utah Utes' redshirt freshman Jason Shelley ready to step in for injured Tyler Huntley

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  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 8:24 p.m.

    Wow he’s so small he makes Britain Covey look like a Tight End. Maybe coaches should start giving Covey some reps at QB. Shelley and his 125lb frame don’t look like they will stand up to too many hits.

  • Minnesota Ute Bloomington, MN
    Nov. 8, 2018 1:41 p.m.

    @ND95CA - Lincoln Park, IL
    Nov. 7, 2018 4:44 p.m.
    Yep, shock and awe” the will leave the kids on the hill stunned and bewildered.

    **********

    The only thing on Nov. 24 causing "shock and awe" will be the disparity in the final score.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 8, 2018 11:39 a.m.

    Whatsnu - Sandy, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 1:43 p.m.
    QBRs for in State QBs:
    #27 Jordan Love 155.9
    #53 Zach Wilson 144.3
    #66 Tyler Huntley 140.1
    #134 Tanner Mangum 115.4

    Yards per completion:
    #34 Jordan Love 8.3
    #34 Zach Wilson 8.3
    #66 Tyler Huntley 7.6
    #152 T Mangum 5.7

    Completion %:
    #34 Love 65.1
    #43 Wilson 64.4
    #46 Huntley 64.1

    ————

    Now go ahead & factor in SOS/D rankings.

    You’re welcome.

    Go Utes!

  • JD74 South Ogden, UT
    Nov. 8, 2018 2:37 a.m.

    ND95CA-

    Nice stats. Now give me some stats on the level of competition and the rankings of the defenses that those players faced and then we might get a true picture of how they match up... lol

    Wilson sure looked great against the only half decent defenses he's faced... not. And who has Utah St played again? I can't even remember their names..

  • ND95CA Lincoln Park, IL
    Nov. 7, 2018 4:44 p.m.

    Minnesota Ute

    “I would agree the jury is still out on Shelley as a replacement but I would say the jury is definitely in on what's going to happen on Nov.24.”

    Yep, shock and awe” the will leave the kids on the hill stunned and bewildered.

    #GoCougs 🤙🏈

  • Minnesota Ute Bloomington, MN
    Nov. 7, 2018 3:50 p.m.

    @ND95CA - Lincoln Park, IL
    Nov. 7, 2018 2:13 p.m.
    The jury is still out on whether Shelley will prove to be an adequate replacement for Huntley.

    ****************

    I would agree the jury is still out on Shelley as a replacement but I would say the jury is definitely in on what's going to happen on Nov.24.

  • ND95CA Lincoln Park, IL
    Nov. 7, 2018 2:13 p.m.

    Whatsnu - Sandy, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 1:43 p.m.
    QBRs for in State QBs:
    #27 Jordan Love 155.9
    #53 Zach Wilson 144.3
    #66 Tyler Huntley 140.1
    #134 Tanner Mangum 115.4

    Yards per completion:
    #34 Jordan Love 8.3
    #34 Zach Wilson 8.3
    #66 Tyler Huntley 7.6
    #152 T Mangum 5.7

    Completion %:
    #34 Love 65.1
    #43 Wilson 64.4
    #46 Huntley 64.1

    The numbers seem pretty conclusive that BYU made the correct decision to change QB’s.

    Let Wilson and the rest of the team suffer their growing pains this season to be better prepared for next season.

    The jury is still out on whether Shelley will prove to be an adequate replacement for Huntley.

  • Whatsnu Sandy, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 1:43 p.m.

    QBRs for in State QBs:
    #27 Jordan Love 155.9
    #53 Zach Wilson 144.3
    #66 Tyler Huntley 140.1
    #134 Tanner Mangum 115.4

    Yards per completion:
    #34 Jordan Love 8.3
    #34 Zach Wilson 8.3
    #66 Tyler Huntley 7.6
    #152 T Mangum 5.7

    Completion %:
    #34 Love 65.1
    #43 Wilson 64.4
    #46 Huntley 64.1

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    Nov. 7, 2018 12:15 p.m.

    I'm sorry for Tyler. That QBs get injured is not unusual. That is why I am a strong advocate for teams to play their top 2 QBs on a regular basis. There is much merit to this besides the obvious fact that you want a seasoned backup QB.

    This now makes the upcoming game against BYU more interesting (and probably helps even out the odds that are in favor of Utah.)

  • Eddie Would Go , 00
    Nov. 6, 2018 5:02 p.m.

    Everybody needs to take a deep breath.

    Oregon was going to be a challenge for the Utes, even with Huntley.

    We don’t know how Shelley will perform, but I’m guessing that playing at home after a week’s preparation is easier than coming off the bench to replace an injured QB on the road.

    I look forward to seeing how Shelley plays!

  • ArizonaUte SLC, UT
    Nov. 6, 2018 3:44 p.m.

    @Just Wondering... - Gilbert, AZ

    I don't hear Utah fans making any excuses. What excuses are you referring to? Our QB1 got injured. Those things happen in college football.

    It's next man up. And Jason Shelley is that man. Shelley was going to be that man even is Jack Tuttle didn't leave. Which is why Jack Tuttle left.

    Fortunately for Jason Shelley and Utah fans, Utah's entire team plays every opponent left on our schedule. It's not just Jason Shelley out there by himself.

    Huntley didn't pass that much and Shelley is supposedly a better runner. They are probably equal in the ability to hand the ball off to Moss, Shyne and Green. And flip the ball to Covey on a jet sweep.

    Jason Shelley may not even be nervous. He's probably VERY excited to show what he can do.

    1st collegiate start is against Oregon. Awesome!! I predict he show everyone why he beat out Jack Tuttle for the QB2 spot.

    With a week to prepare, knowing you are the man and having a game plan built around you, I think we will see a better version of Shelley than the one being thrown to the wolves in Tempe.

  • PacUtes Orange County, CA
    Nov. 6, 2018 2:04 p.m.

    Looking forward to the game with Oregon...
    Go Utes!

  • Just Wondering... Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 6, 2018 1:57 p.m.

    Shelley doesn't get a hall pass. I seems like Utefan is already setting up the excuses if the QB position struggles...but he practices every day against the vaunted Utah Defense, which is clearly superior to any squad that he will see for the remainder of the year? That means that games should be easier than practice and he should be awesome, right Utefan?

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 6, 2018 1:55 p.m.

    Aunty Mythology - Monrovia, CA
    Nov. 6, 2018 12:29 p.m.
    utemythology

    "Unfortunately Shelley will have to wait 3 weeks to shine, meanwhile he'll just need to hand it off to Moss."

    You're only deluding yourself if you think that Oregon and Colorado aren't licking their chops at the prospect of stacking the box and forcing a Freshman QB who's only completed 6 passes in his entire college career to beat them with his arm.

    ------

    Which is why I said he will shine in 3 weeks. Our sure win is against BYU, we've proven we can beat you without an offense.

    I expect our defense to hold Oregoj and CU to around our 17 PPG season average and Moss doing enough to beat at least CU.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2018 1:32 p.m.

    Wallbanger

    Why are the kids on the hill so scared of playing their instate rivals?

    It certainly isn't because the Utes are trying to improve their OOC so that the Utes will be more attractive to the CFP committee, since the Utes aren't even capable of winning a division title, let alone being legitimate contenders for a CFP berth.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 6, 2018 12:54 p.m.

    Aunty Rico:

    Unfortunately for U, the byu psyche may be so badly damaged in the next two weeks after you lose to Umass, again, that the cougs may not have anything left for their biggest game of the season. After all, what IS there to play for being independent? As the Utah game IS their “super bowl”!

    It’ll be full meltdown mode and demands of another audit when Utah’s AD finally drops the ankle biters from our schedule. Time for Aunty to start the petition to join C-USA!

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 6, 2018 12:42 p.m.

    One touchdown in two games for Wilson. Typo...

    Still, what a scary defense he faced AT home vs Hawaii’s ranked near 100.

  • Mountainman38 Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 6, 2018 12:40 p.m.

    Perhaps some of the commentators might go back to take a look at Utah's spring game where Shelley had an opportunity to show his QB skills. He looked very quick and threw sharp passes. His work against the Ute defense was impressive because he went up against DL and DB's who are playing a lot in this season's defensive rotation.

    As for Tuttle, the timing of his decision is puzzling. He had little to gain by leaving mid-season, and if QB injuries occurred, he might miss a big opportunity. A similar situation did occur at Nebraska this season. A highly recruited QB bailed out when he did not get the starting job. So when the starter was injured, the third string walk-on became the Husker starting QB, and the transfer now is stuck at Oregon State.

    As a recruit, Tuttle showed his loyalty to the Utes, but apparently he (or his parents) were not willing to pay the required dues when the games started. He would be wise to swallow his ego, return, and follow the example of RB Joe Williams.

  • Aunty Mythology Monrovia, CA
    Nov. 6, 2018 12:37 p.m.

    tinkerbell

    "Given a week knowing he's the man going in and practicing with the first team will be very beneficial. Come this Saturday we'll see if he's capable of stepping in and stepping up. However, we do know that Utah's defense, Moss, Shyne, Greene, and Covey will have his back."

    It's the job of the 2nd string QB to be prepared to play at a moment's notice.

    If Utah's coaches aren't giving him enough reps in practice, that's on them.

    bottom line:

    The Ducks saw how Shelley struggled at ASU and will be fully prepared to take advantage of the inevitable mistakes of an inexperienced Freshman QB making his first start.

  • Aunty Mythology Monrovia, CA
    Nov. 6, 2018 12:29 p.m.

    utemythology

    "Unfortunately Shelley will have to wait 3 weeks to shine, meanwhile he'll just need to hand it off to Moss."

    You're only deluding yourself if you think that Oregon and Colorado aren't licking their chops at the prospect of stacking the box and forcing a Freshman QB who's only completed 6 passes in his entire college career to beat them with his arm.

    Unfortunately for U, the Utah psyche may be so badly damaged in the next two weeks, that the Utes may not have anything left for their biggest game of the season.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 6, 2018 12:25 p.m.

    Grease trap:

    “Yeah this Shelley guy looked really impressive on Saturday. I'd say the Utes have nothing to worry about.”

    Like Wilson “really impressive”? One touchdown in three games. And an “amazing” performance against Hawaii with a defense ranked near the bottom? Gotch ya!

  • Stringer Bell Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2018 11:31 a.m.

    London Josh: "We can go back to high school or we can deal in reality. Shelley had a QBR of 6 and Wilson was above 60, so I'm gonna take that massive differential and say that maybe, just maybe Shelley isn't hands down better than Wilson."

    Who cares; why are you trying to shoehorn Wilson into Utah's QB situation? No Ute fan is remotely interested in stories about a QB that leads his team to one total TD against NIU and Boise St. Unlike your team, Utah's offense doesn't live and die by the QB play only. Given a week knowing he's the man going in and practicing with the first team will be very beneficial. Come this Saturday we'll see if he's capable of stepping in and stepping up. However, we do know that Utah's defense, Moss, Shyne, Greene, and Covey will have his back.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 6, 2018 11:25 a.m.

    backpacn - Sandy, UT
    Nov. 6, 2018 8:11 a.m.
    azute1

    "JS was a complete stud in TX 5A Big School HS Football who held offers from multiple schools in addition to us, including Clemson/Nebraska.....He also beat out 4* Blue Chip recruit JT for QB2.....W/1 week to prepare, he’ll be just fine against significantly tougher competition than ZW’s faced."

    Sure, because every high school stud performs just as well in his first collegiate start as he did in high school.

    LOL!

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    Yes! If your first collegiate start is against a high school team like BYU.

    Unfortunately Shelley will have to wait 3 weeks to shine, meanwhile he'll just need to hand it off to Moss.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 6, 2018 11:15 a.m.

    london_josh - Lincoln, CA
    Nov. 6, 2018 9:23 a.m.
    We can go back to high school or we can deal in reality. Shelley had a QBR of 6 and Wilson was above 60, so I'm gonna take that massive differential and say that maybe, just maybe Shelley isn't hands down better than Wilson.

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    What?

    Shelley has yet to get 1st team reps in practice.

    I get it, Cougar Nation is giddy, you finally can jump off Utah State's bandwagon with a small chance of beating Utah with Shelley.

    Right now all we know is he was good enough to beat out "me first" Tuttle. We will see on Saturday if our coaching staff got it right.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Nov. 6, 2018 11:11 a.m.

    Yeah this Shelley guy looked really impressive on Saturday. I'd say the Utes have nothing to worry about.

  • CentralcoastUte San luis obispo , CA
    Nov. 6, 2018 10:56 a.m.

    Good luck to him.

  • ArizonaUte SLC, UT
    Nov. 6, 2018 9:52 a.m.

    @Leonidas - Salt Lake City, UT

    Our zero star recruit was a walk-on. Who earned a scholarship. Drew Lisk is our QB2 and he's pretty good.

    Every program, including Alabama has walk-ons who were unrated by the recruiting services.

    It's college football.

    @London-Josh

    No way to know who is better at this point. ZW looks pretty good. Shelley hasn't started a game yet. We will see soon enough. But I wonder how ZW would have done v. ASU.

    Again, the comparison just doesn't hold up. Weeks starting, level of competition, etc. Who knows.

    Us Utah fans just hope he's good in our system with our plays and that we beat Oregon as a team. Not just with Jason Shelley.

  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    Nov. 6, 2018 9:23 a.m.

    We can go back to high school or we can deal in reality. Shelley had a QBR of 6 and Wilson was above 60, so I'm gonna take that massive differential and say that maybe, just maybe Shelley isn't hands down better than Wilson.

  • Frank Walters Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2018 9:09 a.m.

    Shelley sure didn't look ready to step in the other day, I sure hope he gets up to speed quickly! If not our Nov woes will put us in a deep depression...

  • IJ Hyrum, Ut
    Nov. 6, 2018 9:00 a.m.

    I don't think the Utes would have won against Oregon with Huntley. I admire the loyalty of the UofU fans and hope the best for them, but I would not bet on it. Nothing against JS (I've never seen him play) but I dn't think so. Good luck Utes from this Cougar.

  • Leonidas Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2018 8:33 a.m.

    Didn't think the utes had zero star recruits. Guess I'm wrong.

  • backpacn Sandy, UT
    Nov. 6, 2018 8:11 a.m.

    azute1

    "JS was a complete stud in TX 5A Big School HS Football who held offers from multiple schools in addition to us, including Clemson/Nebraska.....He also beat out 4* Blue Chip recruit JT for QB2.....W/1 week to prepare, he’ll be just fine against significantly tougher competition than ZW’s faced."

    Sure, because every high school stud performs just as well in his first collegiate start as he did in high school.

    LOL!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 6, 2018 7:28 a.m.

    Come on Shelley; great challenges lead to great opportunities.

    I believe!

    Go Utes!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 6, 2018 6:46 a.m.

    Sure, after completing 6 whole passes in his entire college career, Shelley is “ready” to take on a P5 defense.

    ————

    JS was a complete stud in TX 5A Big School HS Football who held offers from multiple schools in addition to us, including Clemson/Nebraska.....He also beat out 4* Blue Chip recruit JT for QB2.....W/1 week to prepare, he’ll be just fine against significantly tougher competition than ZW’s faced.

    Conversely, byu has no other meaningful offers/never taken a meaningful snap against a P5 opponent ZW, who’s only claim to fame was in garbage time against usu’s backups/UH’s porous D & leading byu to precisely 1 TD combined against NIU/bsu.

    JS > ZW, hands-down, period.

    8 straight & counting is soon upon us—BEWARE!

    Go Utes!

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    Nov. 6, 2018 2:56 a.m.

    Utah's QB position has been the team's greatest weakness almost every year. We either lack a decent QB and or backup. Nothing against Huntley this year as he was finally playing the game that worked best for him. I do ,however, question how we lost a four star QB in the middle of the year and also question why he didn't get some playing time. I hope the best for Shelly. He looked bewildered with ASU's defense and was less than impressive. We can only hope that the coaches can put the best game together that uses his strengths. I expect to see a bunch of running, bubble passing and short passes to the sidelines. I trust the coaches will also be very careful having Shelly involved in many running plays given the fact there doesn't appear to be any real viable alternatives for the final games of the year.

  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    Nov. 6, 2018 12:36 a.m.

    He needs to do more than step in. He needs to step up.

  • SportsCenter Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 5, 2018 11:12 p.m.

    Arizona Ute

    “He is a better runner than Huntley and will get his timing down.”

    Except that the Utes have absolutely nobody on the bench to replace him, so running Shelley would be taking a huge risk.

  • ArizonaUte SLC, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 10:02 p.m.

    Jason Shelley will be fine at Utah. He is a gamer and will be ready to take over by Saturday.

    The coaches and players have high confidence in JS.

    Plus, he will be handing off to Moss, Shyne, Green and TT will call a good game for Jason.

    He is a better runner than Huntley and will get his timing down.

    All the nay-sayers will be very surprised at how good Jason Shelley is. Don't let garbage time and being thrown to the wolves trying to make a come back, fool you. Kid can play.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 8:48 p.m.

    Man, a lot of coog fans throwing shade at the Utes and their QB situation. You’d think THEIR team was 6-3 and bowl eligible, instead of having must-win games against the other two bottom-feeding indy teams.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 5, 2018 8:47 p.m.

    Lone*Star - Austin, TX
    Nov. 5, 2018 5:28 p.m.
    Malihini - Northern, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 5:04 p.m.
    “This guy's 5'11' and went from 175 to 198?

    Hmm...who's his backup?”

    A 0-star walkon.

    ----

    So?

    We beat BYU with a 0-star, D2 QB in 2011.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 5, 2018 8:42 p.m.

    LOL @ BYU "fans" concern over our freshman QB being ready to play.

    I have no clue how good Shelley will be.

    If he is as good a Wilson then look for Utah to use Moss, Moss, Moss, Shyne, and Green to RUN the ball.

    That strategy might not work against Oregon but we will beat CU and BYU.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 7:12 p.m.

    SGU84770 "With Shelley at QB, BYU's chances against Utah have gone from 2% to 20% (in my very humble opinion"
    Boise's #47 defense chased Zack Wilson all day, recording 7 sacks. The game against the Ute's won't come down to Utah's QB.

  • Keyser Sose American Fork, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 6:11 p.m.

    @ SGU84770

    "So, you're tellin' me there's a chance."

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 6:01 p.m.

    No bowl game for U:

    What would you expect when thrown in late in the third as a redshirt freshman? It’s not like he was facing a terrible Hawaii defense on his own home turf. Too bad we didn’t have Wilson or Mangum. And that offensive genius Grimes. Utah definitely would have beaten ASU.

    With Huntley out, coug fans think their chances are really that much better at beating the Utes? Tell us how your less than mediocre offense will move the ball on Utah’s D?

    Cautiously optimistic about Shelly. But quite excited as well to see what he can do!
    Go Jason, and Go Utes!!!

  • SGU84770 St. George, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 5:32 p.m.

    Is it too late to get on hands and knees to beg Tuttle to stay with the program? Pretty clear after just a partial game that Shelley cannot do the job. With Shelley at QB, BYU's chances against Utah have gone from 2% to 20% (in my very humble opinion).

  • pacmidmajor Springville, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 5:31 p.m.

    Can’t even imagine Covey being next man up if Shelly gets injured .....wow !!

  • Lone*Star Austin, TX
    Nov. 5, 2018 5:28 p.m.

    Malihini - Northern, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 5:04 p.m.
    “This guy's 5'11' and went from 175 to 198?

    Hmm...who's his backup?”

    A 0-star walkon.

  • FACTchequer Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 5:17 p.m.

    So in less than three weeks, former walk-on Drew Lisk has gone from No. 4 to No. 2, and nobody is No. 3 — although one of two ex-high school QBs, receiver Britain Covey or linebacker Chase Hansen — will be prepared for emergency use.

    Playing Covey or Hansen at QB would cost the Utes one their key players at WR, LB, or Special Teams.

  • No playoff for U Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 5:06 p.m.

    Sure, after completing 6 whole passes in his entire college career, Shelley is “ready” to take on a P5 defense.

  • Malihini Northern, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 5:04 p.m.

    This guy's 5'11' and went from 175 to 198? Hmm...who's his backup?

  • NoCal_Native Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 5, 2018 4:51 p.m.

    Who is the backup now? Maybe give Covey a whirl?