Looking at the quarterback position for the Utes heading into spring camp

Utah will be breaking in a new starter this spring with 3ish candidates to chose from

The Favorite: Troy Williams (Jr)

Williams a JC transfer that was the #10 quarterback and the #124 player overall in the 2013 Scout.com rankings. He's talented, and although things didn't work at his initial landing spot of Washington, Williams showed that talent at the junior college level by throwing for 2,750 yards in 2015 while compiling 31 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions with a 67.9% completion percentage. He's also a pretty good athlete as evidenced by 139 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground.

That said, Williams is a thrower first, and that's his bread and butter. A very accurate quarterback who does a great job of throwing his guys open, the So Cal product shows tremendous poise in the pocket, always keeping his eyes downfield. His early arrival at Utah will give him 2+ months to get caught up on the offense with the coaches and his teammates before his first snap in late March. With a high ceiling that should bring more consistent traditional quarterback play than the Utes have seen in years, Williams is the favorite to win the job coming out of spring camp.

The Returner: Brandon Cox (Jr)

It seems like he's been around forever, but Brandon Cox will only be a redshirt junior this season with two more years of eligibility under his belt. The former 3 star signal caller hasn't had much of a chance to prove his worth on the field, appearing in only one game back in 2014 in a blowout of Idaho State as injured have often kept him from developing at the rate Utah has hoped. Still, Cox is a tremendous athlete, one of the better athletes on the team, and fits the dual-threat quarterback mold that Kyle Whittingham wants to have under center.

Cox has been consistent in showing some ability in practice situations, but often looks hesitant with his throws, leading to touch throws that don't have the necessary zip for him to be successful at the college level. If he can develop more of the gunslinger mentality in the pocket, Cox will be able to make the battle with Williams a competitive one. If he hasn't made those strides and relies too much on the touch throw and his athleticism to run, or can't stay healthy, the junior will likely find himself in the backup spot.

The Kid: Tyler Huntley (Fr)

Part of the Hallandale Trio, Huntley is a true freshman who is already on campus for spring ball, which should benefit him mightly in his development and help the high upside prospect get on the field sooner. He's an accurate thrower and a very good athlete that played against tough competition at the high school level.

Huntley needs to add some weight though and the speed of the game will likely be too quick for him at first to overtake Williams and Cox for the starting job. He's a high ceiling kid that is going to eventually have the chance to be a star should he develop at a rate over the next couple of years.

The Wildcard: Chase Hansen (So)

Will Hansen play any quarterback in the spring? That's TBD, but it's worth at least giving him a look coming off of the injury that ended his 2015 season while playing safety. The safety (or linebacker) spot look to be what the future has in store for Hansen, but he was able to vault himself to 3rd on the depth chart last season after coming off of a mission. If there are struggles out of Williams and/or Cox, we may see Hansen.

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