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Once again, talk shows, columns and fans ripped apart and dissected Wynn as a quarterback. Can he take a hit? Can he last a game? How good is Travis Wilson? Wynn said such questioning didn’t bother him anymore, but then, he’s relieved he doesn’t tap into it any longer. And he talks to his father, his biggest confidant, a lot.
"He sees what is going on and knows better than anyone what is going on with me," Wynn said. "It’s good for me to have him because I can say whatever I need to say to him."
Jordan Wynn, year by year
Year G Com Att Yds TD Int
2009 6 104 179 1,329 8 4
2010 10 186 299 2,334 17 10
2011 4 66 116 727 6 2
Wynn’s father, Robert Wynn, declined to be interviewed for this story.
In line with his father, Wynn doesn’t give the public much of what is on his mind. He is a different kind of quarterback than the Utes have had in recent years. He isn’t the fire-starter Alex Smith was, or the gregarious, lead-the-team-into-a-firestorm kind Johnson was.
Perhaps Wynn’s slightly aloof attitude is one of the reasons fans have been slower to rally behind him as they have other players. Wynn said a lack of support doesn’t bother him, but his good friend on the team, receiver DeVonte Christopher, knows that it gets under his skin.
"It’s definitely hard," Christopher said. "Whenever we go some place, people are asking him, ‘Are you going to stay healthy this year?’ and talking. It sucks to hear that outside. They don’t know what happens on this field, in the locker room or what your teammates feel about you, I tell him. He knows every receiver, lineman, running back who is a decent player has confidence in him, regardless of what someone might post on Twitter or Facebook or anything like that."
But do the Utes really have confidence in Wynn?
When the team voted for its 2012 captains, receiver Luke Matthews and John White were voted the offensive captains. Odd, to have a guy who has worked so hard to return from injury, who has three years of experience and is the quarterback be passed over for captain duties.
Neither Christopher nor White could offer much of an explanation for the reasoning.
"I don’t know," Christopher said. "You only get a few so it’s hard, but people on this team respect him."
Wynn shrugged off any would-be slight.
"I didn’t play last year," he said. "John White and Luke Matthews are great guys, and I’m still going to come out hard and lead. It doesn’t mean I’m not going to say anything. I’ll still be who I am, I just don’t have a ‘C’ on my jersey this year."
Perhaps he should think about stitching an "M" for motivation on that jersey. For Wynn, it seems more appropriate.
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