As it turned out, those two passes against the Cougs were Schulz' only tosses of 2012. In fact, that game was the only one he played in last season.
This year has been different, thanks first to a hand injury and now a concussion suffered by starting quarterback Travis Wilson, who is out for the season and perhaps is facing the end of his career.
Schulz, a third-year sophomore and one-time walk on, possess a strong arm, quick release, good accuracy and so-so mobility. He started this past weekend and went the whole way in a 44-21 loss at Oregon. He was 13 for 30 passing for 181 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
"I was proud of the way Adam Schulz came in in a very difficult situation -- his first collegiate start against a top-10 team on the road in a hostile environment," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said this week. "I thought he handled it well. He missed some throws, didn't play perfectly, and he understands that, but did a pretty good job...
"Adam's numbers were not indicative of how he played because there were five or six drops, balls that should have been caught, which would have improved his numbers greatly."
For the year, the 6-1, 205-pounder from Muskego, Wisc., has completed 35 of 75 passes (47 percent) for 428 yards, two TDs and two INTs.
Barring injury, he looks to play the whole game against the Cougs. Whittingham has said several times in recent weeks that burning the redshirt of touted freshman Conner Manning, who is next on the depth chart, would require a "worst-case scenario."
Utah's depth chart for this week only lists Schulz and Manning at QB, but Whittingham said the guy next in line is another true freshman, Brandon Cox.
Quarterback uncertainly is nothing new for Utah. The team's co-offensive coordinator, Brian Johnson, was the last starting Utah QB to make it through an entire season unscathed. That was in 2008. This is the fourth-straight season that the Utes' No. 1 quarterback sustained a season-ending injury. Last year it was John Hays.
"Before the season I was talking about how hopefully this was the year that we were able to start and finish with the same guy (at QB)," Whittingham said. "And that proved not to be the case. You look at everything you are doing. Is there something we are doing to put them in harm's way? We've evaluated everything over and over to make sure it's not something that is an error on our part as coaches. We can't come up with anything other than just that's the way the ball bounces, and things have happened."