Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

Looking at the Quarterback position for Utah as we head into spring ball

The Candidates:
Brandon Cox (Fr)

True freshman, and early-enrollee, Brandon Cox, is on campus and will participate in spring ball. The athlete out of Southern California will already be one of the fastest players on the team, regardless of position, but is coming off of a leg injury that shelved him in 2012. Cox has a pretty good arm, but will need to work on his accuracy and reading of defenses before he's ready to be a significant contributor, but this his speed and athleticism, expect certain packages to be installed specifically for Cox to run the ball.

Adam Schulz (R-So)

Redshirt sophomore Adam Schulz has the inside track on the backup job, due mostly to experience. He has the biggest arm of any QB on the team, and is a serviceable backup in case Wilson goes down. Schulz probably isn't a Pac 12 level starting QB, but will have a chance to prove his doubters wrong with increased reps in the spring.

Travis Wilson (So)

Travis Wilson is coming off of an impressive true freshman campaign and ahs the starting job locked up. Wilson improved as the season went on, replacing Jon Hays as the starter midway through the year. The numbers weren't great, but the overall efficiency and offensive diversity by the end of the year were a far cry from Wilson's first start. Reports have him bulking up considerably to be able to take the pounding of a Pac 12 schedule and he'll be looking to get the Utes back to a bowl game.

Projected Depth Chart Going Into Spring:
Travis Wilson
Adam Schulz
Brandon Cox

What Needs to Happen
For the first time since 2008, the QB spot is stable at Utah. That stability will help even more than people think and because of that, Travis Wilson needs to make big strides. With another offseason under Brian Johnson, and the tutelage of Dennis Erickson, he should be ready to thrive. The spread offense that Erickson will put in is perfect for Wilson. He doesn't have a huge arm, and he doesn't have to. All the sophomore needs is the ability to be accurate and make quick decisions, two of Wilson's best attributes. We've been fooled before by guys who looked great in the spring, but more so than ever, this needs to be the year that the starter improves drastically and carries it over the season. Wilson is the perfect guy to do that. Schulz needs to continue to improve and develop an understanding of the offense. It's doubtful that he's ever ‘the guy,' but they'll need his experience in a pinch at some point. Cox is the wildcard in all of this. If the Utah coaches can develop his technique and get him throwing catchable balls, he could work himself into a bit of playing time in something other than a run-only situation. Regardless, Cox is going to see the field and run all over the place. Will the coaches be able to teach him when to run and when not to? That may be his biggest personal challenge.

Projected Depth Chart Coming Out of Spring:
Travis Wilson
Adam Schulz
Brandon Cox and Conner Manning

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