Looking at Utah's quarterback situation heading into fall camp

Who is going to emerge in the fall camp quarterback battle? We break it down

The Candidates

Brandon Cox (Jr)

The only returner of the bunch, Cox enters his fourth year in the program, but is yet to make much of a dent. With an opportunity to grab hold of the job in spring, Cox was improved, but didn't separate himself in any way, and was neck and neck with a true freshman that had been on campus for only two months. He's a very good athlete and can make plays with his legs, but the throw game, while improved, just isn't there, and he doesn't look like anything more than an average Pac 12 level starting quarterback. Could that be good enough? Maybe, but the coaches will want more than Cox can provide if he hasn't made summer strides.

Tyler Huntley (Fr)

Huntley is a true freshman though, and with two upper class-men who have actual game experience at the Pac 12 level, albeit limited, he's still the guy that has the most work to do. Huntley performed more than admirably in the spring, looking like the best player on the field at times in the spring game, but still made some freshman mistakes in practice when going up against the 1st and 2nd team Utah defenses. Huntley also lacks an ideal frame to play right away at the Pac 12 level. He's put on weight since coming to Utah, but is still pretty light. The Florida Gatorade state player of the year has the most upside of any of the quarterbacks on the roster and even if he doesn't grab the starting job, you have to wonder if we're in for a Jordan Wynn situation in which he takes over midseason.

Troy Williams (Jr)

The junior college transfer has been on campus since January, absorbing everything Utah has to offer and doing his best to pickup the offense. Williams has all of the tools the Utes want in a quarterback in terms of his ability to read a defense, throw the ball accurately, use his legs when needed, and most importantly be consistent. With his experience at Washington and then at the junior college level, he's by far the most seasoned of the signal callers and probably gives the Utes the best chance to win a Pac 12 South title.

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This is Williams' job to win. He was starting to separate himself halfway through spring camp until his injury, but with another 5 months of study and 3 weeks of practice to come, he's only going to grasp the offense more and more with each day of camp. Williams has the on-field experience, physical tools that fit the system, and mental fortitude to excel more than any of the others for 2016. He's the guy the coaches want, and he's the one they'll get when the Utes kick-off against Southern Utah.

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