1. Who's Going To Be The Starter At Quarterback?
Travis Wilson? Kendal Thompson? Has Chase Hansen made enough strides to put himself into the conversation? Wilson heads into camp as the heavy favorite to grab the job (again), but we've seen Kyle Whittingham show a short leash with his quarterbacks and the dual-threat ability of Kendal Thompson is very intriguing. If the improvements that Thompson made to his throwing game in the spring carry over into fall camp, it could make things very interesting. Wilson probably gives Utah the best shot at winning 10 games this season, but his inconsistency has always been an issue and that frustration may force Whittingham's hand into going in another direction. If Chase Hansen proves as capable as the others (or better), let the new era begin. Either way you slice it, Utah has plenty of options at quarterback.
2. Who's Going To Backup Booker?
If he stays healthy, it won't be much of an issue as the Utes are likely to ride their senior back quite a bit in 2015, but what if Booker suffers an injury at some point? Injuries happen. Guys get nicked up. Utah needs a capable back that can step in and be productive and now that Troy McCormick is out, there's a big hole there. JC transfer Joe Williams is slotted as the backup right now, but he's brand new and a question mark until we see what he can do. Dre'Vian Young is still an option, but hasn't been healthy his entire Utah career. Monte Seabrook has promise and can move, but is also an unknown. Bubba Poole could even move back here in a pinch if the Utes can find some playmakers at wide receiver.
3. Who's Going To Right Tackle Job?
Jeremiah Poutasi is off to the NFL and J.J. Dielman has taken his spot at left tackle, leaving the right side wide open. Sam Tevi looks like he could be a very good tackle based on his athleticism, but was still a bit sloppy in the spring. Jackson Barton is slated as the backup and will have his chance to win the spot, but Barton still looks to be a year away from being ready to contribute consistently. It's Tevi's job to lose.
4. Kenneth Scott, Tim Patrick, And..........?
Scott and Patrick are both possession receivers that run good routes, but neither are considered burners by any stretch of the imagination. So, who's going to stretch the field and showcase their speed as a real threat in the passing game for the Utes? There's very little experience behind the 'Big Two' but there are a lot of options with Kyle Fulks, Delshawn McClellon, Bubba Poole, Kenric Young, and Jameson Field, there are options, but all are unproven outside of Poole who has spent his previous years at Utah as a running back. If the Utes want to improve the passing game, a deep threat is an absolute must.
5. Does The Tight End Still Exist?
Westlee Tonga is gone and the remaining Utah tight ends combine for 4 career catches, all by Siale Fakailoatonga. Wilson used Tonga quite a bit last season, but rarely as his first option. Will Utah phase out the tight end completely in the passing game and just turn them all into blockers to open up big holes for Booker and company? Do they even have a player that can step up be a Pac 12 passing threat at the position?
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