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Utes ready to show off offense in opener

The Utah Utes are opening the season with what should be one of their easiest games on their 2012 schedule, but the lack of a big headlining opponent isn't stopping them from putting much of the offense on display Thursday.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said he wanted to use a "good percentage" of the Utes' offense.

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"We're not trying to hide anything," he said. "We have to go out and win a football game."

The Utes feel their fall camp and preseason work has gone as well as they could have hoped for, but Whittingham wants to see the new wrinkles and tweaks the Utes have made be tested by a real opponent before judging just how much progress the team has made.

"We're anxious to get going, lineup and see where we are at," he said.

One of the new elements is a package of plays the Utes have for freshman quarterback Travis Wilson, ideally he'll make his debut at some point Thursday, Whittingham said.

"We have no plans to redshirt him so we'd like to get him involved," he said.

Whittingham said the flow of the game will dictate when the Utes use Wilson.

"We have no set plan at this point in time," he said.

Couple of roster notes from the presser. The Utes are healthy and everyone should be available, Whittingham said.

Sophomore Kenneth Scott is listed along with senior DeVonte Christopher as a possible starter at receiver.

Whittingham said the move was based on Scott's improvement and not a slip by Christopher.

"It's a competition every day and right now he has done enough in practice to be the co-starter at this point in time."

Scott, a 6-foot-3, 202-pound sophomore, had just eight catches for 141 yards last year.

Another player making a move was freshman running back Jarrell Oliver, listed ahead of junior college transfer Kelvin York as John White's backup.

Oliver has improved his blitz pickup to warrant the change.

Quarterback Jordan Wynn attended the presser Monday and fielded a lot of questions about his first game since last October.

He is ready to show once and for all his rehab from shoulder surgery is complete.

"Missing that many games and going through rehab and spring and summer workouts, it has been a lot of work," he said. "It's going to culminate Thursday night."

Last year when Wynn returned to action after shoulder surgery he looked timid in the pocket and his throwing motion was off.

He feels better about his upcoming game because the surgery was on his left, non-throwing shoulder and he feels mentally stronger too.

"It's a different mindset," he said. "This one was on my left arm and I don't need my left arm a whole lot. I'm ready. I've had a lot of time to build muscle and strengthen around it."



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