Fall Camp Position Battle: Backup Quarterback

With Jordan Wynn back as the starter, the backup quarterback spot is now a four horse race

Jordan Wynn is your starter if healthy, regardless of what Kyle Whittingham said at Pac 12 media day. The backup spot though, is up for grabs, with four strong contenders.


Chase Hansen
The true freshman enrolled early and participated in spring ball. He struggled at the outset, but improved as the camp wore on. Hansen is a dynamic player who brings a lot to the table in the run game, but still needs to polish his passing. Even if he doesn't grab the backup spot, the coaches may design certain packages for Hansen to work out of in spot situations.

Travis Wilson
The pleasant surprise of spring ball, Wilson looked like the second best QB on the team, and showed why so many are excited about his potential. Wilson looked light years ahead of where he was being projected, showing hard work both on and off the field that has put him in a great spot to win the backup job. Ideally, the coaches would like to redshirt the true freshman, but if he's the second best option, Wilson may be pressed into action at some point.

Jon Hays
The incumbent starter after taking over for Jordan Wynn during the season, Hays is the safest bet as the backup. He has experience, won games, and took the Utes to within a game of the Pac 12 Championship contest. Doesn't have the tools or the skills that you look for in a Pac 12 starting quarterback, but proved that he's a winner last season.

Adam Schulz
Schulz was awarded a scholarship in the offseason after performing well during the spring. Kyle Whittingham even noted that the redshirt freshman has the strongest arm of any of the quarterbacks. Schulz is probably the longest shot to win the job, but with his redshirt already used up, he could see action at some point to preserve the redshirts of Hansen and Wilson if that's the direction the coaches choose to go.

Projected Winner: Jon Hays

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