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Utah QB spot is back up for grabs
First Published Sep 10 2012 02:10 pm • Last Updated Sep 10 2012 02:52 pm

Had some friends who watched the Utah-Utah State's game at a local sports bar who said the place erupted in cheers from Utah fans when quarterback Jordan Wynn was hurt against Utah State.

Wonder if those fans are feeling happier today or guilty for cheering for Wynn's demise?

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Wynn's career as a Ute is officially over, coach Kyle Whittingham announced at Monday's press conference. The situation leaves the quarterback spot up for grabs between veteran Jon Hays and freshman Travis Wilson.

The two will battle for the starting role this week, Whittingham said.

Experience is the biggest thing separating the two in what Whittingham characterized as a small gap.

"The gap is very small in practice and scrimmages," he said. "But you act differently when you are the guy. Travis has been the supplemental guy. He has handled that role well, but it's different when you are the guy."

I just don't see the Utes starting Wilson against BYU on Saturday. Hays did a decent job running the offense against Utah State and has been in some tough spots with the Utes last year so my hunch is he'll be the starter against the Cougars.

In past situations such as this, Whittingham has declined to name a starter with the reasoning there is no sense in helping an opponent prepare. I expect that will be the case this week.

However, it's clear from what Whittingham said that Wilson is going to see more and more time and is the future QB for the Utes.

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Unlike last year, Whittingham said the offense won't need to be scaled back for either Wilson or Hays.

"We don't feel like we'd have to modify hardly at all, if at all," he said.

Whittingham said Wynn still has more medical tests ahead of him, but indications are he'll need a fourth surgery to repair the damage.

Wynn has his degree but will remain with the team and assist Hays and Wilson, Whittingham said.

"He has talked to me about possibly getting into coaching as a student assistant or graduate assistant in the future," Whittingham said. "He is a tough kid."

Utah's players who attended Monday's press conference first learned of Wynn's decision at the presser.

"My heart goes out to him," tight end Dallin Rogers said. "It's a tough situation."

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