Freshman eats his way into contention
Jordan Wynn's diet for the past few months has been a food lover's fantasy, except to himself. Eating became work, he said. That type of attitude can develop when you're wolfing down 7,000 to 10,000 calories a day.
"I was actually forcing myself to eat; it gets pretty tiring, actually," he said. "I've thrown up a couple of times."
The reason for the prescribed gluttony? Being a factor in Utah's quarterback race, which is exactly where Wynn finds himself with the Utes' camp under way.
One of the reasons Wynn signed with the Utes is he knew Brian Johnson's departure after the 2008 season might give him an opportunity at the starting spot. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound freshman from Oceanside, Calif., also liked the fact that he was the first quarterback the Utes offered.
"That is big, being No. 1 on somebody's board," he said.
To help his chances, Wynn loaded up on classes so he could graduate early and be with the Utes in spring practice. First thought to be headed for a redshirt, Wynn did well enough to force a three-way battle going into fall camp.
"His strength is he is an exceptional thrower and he has a lot of leadership," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "He just needs to get a lot of reps, like [fellow quarterback] Terrance [Cain]."
The only other thing left for him to do between spring ball and now was eat. Whittingham took note of Wynn's scrawny, 152-pound frame as much as he did Wynn's skills in the April sessions. He knew he had the talent to be on a college football field, but not the body required to handle the pounding.
"We had a meeting after spring and I told him I'd be 190 by fall camp," Wynn said. "I held up my word, I'm now 195, so we'll see what happens."
Wynn accepts he is the underdog to junior college transfer Cain and veteran Corbin Louks for a couple of reasons. The other two are juniors while he is the freshman, so as the youngest, he is the obvious candidate for a redshirt so his development can continue.
Louks is the most familiar with the system, while Cain, the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year, played in a similar system to the Utes'. Wynn said his system in high school had some similarities, although he was under center. Adjusting to offensive coordinator Dave Schramm's system is going as well as he had hoped.
"In the spring, I didn't know what I was doing," he said. "I feel a whole lot better now and feel I have pretty solid control of the offense now."
Those involved in the quarterback competition insist it's a friendly one, although Louks isn't backing down from the mentality that the spot is his.
"I'm getting ready for Utah State," he said, apparently looking past any so-called threats to his position.
Wynn just shrugged when he heard that assessment, understanding he has a lot he must prove.
"I'm going to go out there and compete and let the coaches decide if I'm the best one for the job," he said.
Freshman Jordan Wynn has put on 43 pounds since arriving at Utah by eating up to 10,000 calories a day. Here is a typical day of dining for him:
2 a.m. » 2 protein shakes
Breakfast » 2 eggs, 3-4 slices of bacon, 3-4 sausages, 2 biscuits and gravy
Mid-morning snack » 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
Lunch » Whatever the cafeteria serves, such as a two chicken sandwiches or cheesburgers, and lots of milk
Mid-afternoon snack » 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
Dinner » Cafeteria food again, lots of cheeseburgers or pasta
Bedtime snack » Peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a protein shake
What we learned » Utah's second practice was much like the first as players continue to acclimate. Coaches believe Saturday's workout will be more revealing since players can use shoulder pads. "It makes a huge difference," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.
Who was hot » Receiver David Reed and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester were noted for their efforts. Whittingham said Sylvester is playing his "best ball," as far as his reads and reactions are going.
Who was sidelined » Receiver DeVonte Christopher cramped during practice. Lineback Mo Neal, who went out with cramps Thursday, isn't expected back until Monday as he recovers.