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Freshman QB Wilson improving quickly in Utes' spring session

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said after Saturday's scrimmage the depth chart won't be settled at several positions until the fall.

One of those positions? Perhaps maybe the quarterback spot.

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Whittingham said Wilson, a 6-foot-6, 204-pounder out of San Clemente, Calif., has made the most progress during Utah's spring session.

"He has improved in all areas," he said. "His command of the offense, decision-making, leadership wise and accuracy in the throw game - he has made tremendous strides in all."

Asked if Wilson could be pushing Wynn for the starting role, Whittingham hesitated before answering.

"He is doing a great job," he said of Wilson. "We have a good competition going at quarterback. Jordan is still our guy but as it is with every position, the best guy is going to play. Right now the quarterback situation is as good as it has been for several years."

Wynn was 7-of-12 for 149 yards and a touchdown and Wilson was 6-of-8 for 56 yards in Saturday's scrimmage. Freshman Chase Hansen was 2-of-4 for 14 yards and returner Jon Hays was 1-of-3 for eight yards and an interception.

DeVonte Christopher had two catches for 70 yards to lead the receivers.

That Wilson has done so well, when he has been with the Utes for only a few months, could mean there might just be a battle for the starting role on the horizon.

Wilson has gained 13 or 14 pounds since he has been with the Utes, according to offensive coordinator Brian Johnson.

The question will be how much Wilson can gain in knowledge and experience between spring ball and fall camp. It just might be enough to give Wynn a run for the starting role.

As for Wynn, he looked solid in hooking up with several receivers for long passes. He was happy with the offensive performance and said he liked Johnson's aggressive playcalling.

"We hit a couple big ones," he said. "That is what you have to do, make big plays in a game."

Being more aggressive in the playcalling is something the Utes feel they can do because Wynn and Wilson have such strong arms and the speedy receivers necessary.

"We got off to a slow start and we have some things to clean up," Johnson said. "But we're making progress."

Utah's defense forced two fumbles, sophomore Terrell Reese had an interception and the defense had three sacks.

"We had a lot of guys making plays and the energy was high," linebacker Dave Fagergen said. "We had a good tempo so it was good."

More on the scrimmage on our site and the stats can be seen on Utah's website.

- Lya Wodraska



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