After two weeks of Fall Camp, Head Coach Kyle Whittingham made it official this morning..Junior QB Travis Wilson will be Utah’s starting Quarterback for Week 1 against Idaho State. Whittingham said the battle between Wilson and Oklahoma Transfer Kendal Thompson was close, but ultimately Wilson won the job. Thompson sits at #2 on the depth chart and Whittingham says that Thompson will play and there will be a package for him, however he did not disclose any further information on Thompson’s role or playing time. Brandon Cox, in a bit of a surprise, sits #3 on the Utes depth chart with Conner Manning at #4.
When I spoke with Travis Wilson he said he felt as if he’s earned the starting job and is ok with Kendal Thompson getting some playing time too. Wilson called Thompson a “good runner” and a guy who can make some plays. Wilson, who is 7-9 as a starter at Utah, will open at QB in 10 days against Idaho State. Here’s Travis Wilson after Monday’ morning’s practice talking about being named starter.
Depth Chart Changes
In addition to naming a starting QB, Kyle Whittingham solidified the right side of his offensive line with Issac Asiata and JJ Dielman being named starters at right guard and right tackle respectively. Whittingham did say that Sam Tevi will push for playing time at right tackle after making the move from defensive line last week.
JC Transfer WR Tim Patrick, who’s been in Utah and on the team just about 3 weeks, has made perhaps the biggest impression this fall camp so far. Patrick now sits #1 at the Z-WR position. This moves Kenneth Scott to the H-WR spot in the slot. Patrick says he’s still learning the offense but feels like his work ethic and ability to catch the ball has caught the coaches eyes. I caught up with Tim Patrick after practice on Monday morning and here’s the interview.
At running back Bubba Poole resides at #1 and Devontae Booker has worked his way back up to #2. Troy McCormick still looks to be a contributor too, as Whittingham said the running backs are all still bunched together.
On the defensive line, Hunter Dimick and Jason Fanaika share the #1 position at Left End. While Greg Reese and Wallace Gonzalez back up Nate Orchard at Right End.
Idaho State Prep
Head Coach Kyle Whittingham said that group work and prep work began today for the opening opponent which is 10 days from Monday. Here’s Kyle Whittingham talking about QB’s and more following practice on Monday Morning.