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Louks surprised by QB list demotion, weighing his options

Published August 14, 2009 10:33 pm

Utah football » Quarterback demoted to No. 3 on depth chart.
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Utah junior Corbin Louks has never really thought of himself as anything other than a quarterback. Now, the latest Utah depth chart has him thinking about other possibilities.

Louks, who was demoted to No. 3 on the depth chart Friday behind freshman Jordan Wynn and transfer Terrance Cain, isn't sure about his future.

Louks has not conceded defeat in the QB battle, nor did he rule out transferring or playing another position for the Utes. The news that he isn't No. 1 caught him off-guard enough that he said he isn't sure what to think.

"I was never really comfortable enough to say it was mine, but I definitely thought I was leading," Louks said of the QB battle. "I thought with my skills, people have seen in the games, they'd work with me to develop me, my skills, to see if I can lead this team."

Louks said he will talk to the coaches and his family more to decide what to do. He has a redshirt year, which he could use if he transfers or use at Utah to learn a new position. What he does know is he wants to play.

"Everybody comes to play, it's my dream to play, we'll see what happens," he said. "I woke up this morning, came to the office, it was a surprise to me as everyone else."

Louks has been an effective playmaker for the Utes the last two seasons as a running quarterback. He played in 10 games as a freshman, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another one. In 2008, he played in nine games and rushed for three touchdowns.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said the Louks package would remain in the playbook, but also said Louks would get "very limited" reps in practice and already has discussed the possibility of him switching positions.

"He could play wideout, he could play running back, he could play safety, he could play corner," he said. "There might be discussion later on that. We'll see how that unfolds."

Louks is agreeable to playing another position despite the time he has put into being a quarterback for the Utes.

"I definitely want to play this game," he said. "It's a great university and they have a great program and tradition here, so I am going to weigh my options and see what is best for me, best for the team."

Louks played some safety in high school and said that position intrigued him.

"I'm just trying to find out what I'm going to do, take my time and really think things out because I want to make sure I make the right decision," he said.

Roster notes: Walk-on receiver Zach Wade, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury, has been replaced on the camp roster by defensive tackle Joape Pela.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound sophomore chose to walk on at Utah rather than BYU. He previously played at Foothill College in California.

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Camp corner

What we learned » Jordan Wynn is the No. 1 quarterback, although Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said nothing was "etched in stone." However, he will get the majority of the reps with the No. 1 offense.

Who was hot » Junior running back Eddie Wide is solidifying himself as the No. 2 running back behind Matt Asiata. Redshirt freshman Sausan Shakerin is third.

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