Utah Utes Football: Starting QB Position Still Open Season

By Jeff Hauser
Chris Nicoll/USA Today
Chris Nicoll/USA Today

As camp continues for the Utah Utes, the battle for the quarterback position is becoming more competitive. Travis Wilson is returning for his junior season and was listed as the starting quarterback this week, along with Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson as the backup. Reports coming from Utes camp detail that Thompson is settling in with ease to the role with his new team.

Both quarterbacks are splitting the majority of snaps in practice and they’re helping each other with peer advise as much as possible. Head coach Kyle Willingham said the starting job at quarterback is still open, prompting the question of Thompson possibly unseating Wilson to become the Ute’s starter.

Thompson has looked impressive during offseason drills and had the best opportunity to showcase his dual-threat ability to the Utes’ coaches in the first full-contact scrimmage. The quarterback analysis given by Willingham, though, wasn’t a good one.

“Based on today’s performance, we don’t have a starting quarterback,” said Whittingham after Utah’s first full scrimmage.

All six quarterbacks falied to show any distinguished signs of becoming the Utes starter. There’s room for improvement under center for the Utes, but time is running out for the with the season starting later this month.

Wilson currently seems to be the safe option as a starter for the Utes after holding the position for the past two seasons.

“I know every year there’s going to be somebody else coming to take my job, so I’m excited for the competition. Kendal’s a good QB, so we’re going to have a great fall camp.” Wilson said about competing with Thompson in fall camp.

Regardless of who’s named the Utes starter, Wilson will split time with Thompson under center this season. This gives the Utes a dual option with Thompson being a good decision-maker who uses his arms more effectively than his legs. The Utes’ offense will be ready when their season starts at home on Aug. 28 vs. the Idaho State Bengals.

Jeff Hauser is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @radiohauser.

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