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Young QBs among those standing out for Utes

Published October 31, 2013 6:26 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Utah's developmental players have been getting some extra attention during the bye week, as is customary for the Utes. So far, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham likes what he sees out of the younger players. Those who are standing out to him include quarterbacks Brandon Cox and Conner Manning as well as the offensive line. "We've got four or five we are very pleased with," he said of the offensive line. "Hopefully that will be a strength in the future." As for the quarterbacks, Whittingham said Cox, a 6-2, 200-pound freshman out of Pasadena, Calif., has gotten stronger. "That is a product of the weight room and a lot of growth," Whittingham said. Defensively, junior Jason Fanaika, a 6-3, 270-pound transfer from Utah State and Filipo Mokofisi, a 6-3, 250-pound freshman out of Woods Cross, have stood out, Whittingham said. - Lya Wodraska