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Utes stay conservative with Wynn

Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn and his coaches insist his surgically repaired shoulder is 100 percent. However, they continue to be very conservative in Wynn's participation in fall camp. Already held to 100 throws or less a day, Wynn only threw for about half of practice Tuesday, the second day in a row he was mostly an observer for the last half.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said the trainers decide how much Wynn can throw, depending on how he feels day to day.

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"We want to make sure we have him available for that first game," Whittingham said. "We want him to get enough reps to stay sharp and for the rest of the offense to get on the field with him and get used to him making the calls, that is important, but it's important to make sure he is 100 percent."

So is there anything to read into Utah's conservative take with Wynn? Are there any reasons to think that Wynn's shoulder isn't as healed as the coaches insist it is?

Maybe and maybe not. Wynn seemed to have plenty of velocity on his throws when we media members got to see him throw earlier in camp and reports were he was throwing well all summer.

Given that, I don't think there is reason to worry yet.

I think the coaches are being conservative out of concern of what could happen if Wynn isn't 100 percent. Backup Jon Hays still is getting accustomed to the system and freshman Tyler Shreve continues to struggle with accuracy.

The last thing the coaches want to do is burn out Wynn now and have to rely on one of his backups when the season begins. Still, how much Wynn is throwing as the season nears is definitely something to track.

Tauni Vakapuna, who rejoined the team this summer after missing spring ball for family reasons, said he is working his way back into shape. The coaches say he is working his way into being a candidate for the running back role too.

"It's been good," he said. "I've missed these guys and it's good to be back and be able to work out."

John White, a transfer out of L.A. Harbor College, had a lot of the carries late in practice.


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