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Starting QB still undecided as Utes end camp

Published August 22, 2009 6:07 pm

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The Utah Utes finalized a lot of depth chart positions in their fall camp, but they closed it Saturday with one big question still remaining, who is going to be the Utes' starting quarterback?

The Utes, who held their final scrimmage Saturday, split reps between quarterbacks Terrance Cain and Jordan Wynn .

Wynn had some good drives early in the scrimmage, including a scoring drive that included a 49-yard pass to Brad Clifford . However, the freshman had two interceptions late in the scrimmage that were hauled in by safety Robert Johnson .

The first was tipped and the second was just a great play by Johnson.

Happy how the first part of the scrimmage went, Wynn acknowledged he needed to be more consistent.

"I'll have good days and then I'll have decent days," he said. "I need to stay with those good days."

Cain, who has been more accurate than Wynn in practice recently, said his performance "could have been a lot better."

Stats were not made public.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said the coaching staff will take several more days before it makes a decision on a starting quarterback.

"We're going to evaluate the entire camp as a whole," he said.

Misi missing

Utah defensive lineman Koa Misi , who hurt his back in Wednesday's practice, is questionable for the opener against Utah State but is probable for the Sept. 12 game at San Jose State, Whittingham said.

Junior Nai Fotu is expected to start at right end until Misi returns.

Good place to be

Whittingham said he was satisfied with the progress the Utes made in camp. "We still need these next 12 days before we play, but with some of the guys who are relatively new or don't have a lot of experience, I think we've come a long way."

Whittingham said the receivers as a group and the kicking game were some of the areas in which the Utes improved the most.

Ben Vroman went 10-for-13 in field goals Saturday, with his longest being from 50 yards out.

High marks

The Utes debuted at No. 19 in The Associated Press preseason poll released Saturday. Utah is No. 18 in the USA Today coaches poll.

Both placings are the highest the Utes have been in preseason polls. The previous best was in 2004 when the Utes were ranked No. 21 in the coaches poll.

The Utes have three ranked opponents on their 2009 schedule with MWC opponents TCU at No. 17, BYU at No. 20 and Oregon at No. 16.

All three of those games are on the road.

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Camp corner

What we learned » The Utes ended camp with a scrimmage Saturday. Most of the starters didn't play. "If we put everything in a pot and talk about where we are schemewise, techniquewise, fundamentalwise and injurywise, I think we are in pretty decent shape," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.

Who was hot » Safety Robert Johnson, who participated only in the two-minute drill, had back-to-back interceptions off Jordan Wynn. He had four interceptions last season for the Utes.

Who was sidelined » The Utes made it through camp with only one serious injury, to starter Koa Misi. Other starters have some minor injuries but are expected to practice next week.