Jordan Wynn will not return to the field for the Utah football program, coach Kyle Whittingham announced Monday.
Wynn, who went down with a left shoulder injury with 1:04 remaining in the first half of Utah’s 27-20 loss Friday at Utah State, reinjured the shoulder that kept him out of nine games last season. The injury was severe enough to determine it was not worth attempting another comeback and Whittingham said Wynn will likely need another surgery.
"He’s fought so hard and he’s come back so many times and he’s just, right now, ready to move on," Whittingham said.
Wynn struggled through the 88 minutes and 54 seconds of the season before he got hurt. In the six quarters he played, the junior completed 25-of-38 passes for 247 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Whittingham said backup Jon Hays and change-up freshman Travis Wilson will fight for the starting position. Hays was 6-3 last year as a starter following Wynn’s shoulder injury, but Wilson has provided a spark this season, primarily as a running back. He has scored three touchdowns, including a pass to Kenneth Scott against Utah State.
Whittingham said the competition between Hays and Wilson has been close throughout the fall and that he does not know who will start against BYU.
"In practice the gap is very small," Whittingham said. "In scrimmages, the gap is very small. But guys react differently when they’re ‘the guy.’ So far, Travis hasn’t been ‘the guy.’"
Whittingham said the Utes will only continue with the two-quarterback system seen in the first two games if Hays is named the starter. In that instance, Wilson, a 6-foot-6 freshman from San Clemente, Calif., would continue to enter the game for specific packages. However, if Wilson were the starter, Hays would serve purely as a backup.
"It’s either Jon’s the guy with Travis supplementing what we do or it’s Travis is the guy," Whittingham said.
— Bill Oram
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