Utah football: Wynn will be popular guy in San Diego

Published December 10, 2009 8:58 am

Utes quarterback grew up less than 40 miles from bowl site.
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Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn can't have an agent because of NCAA rules, but he does have the next best thing: a dad.

His father, Robert, has been working the phones just like an agent ever since Utah's bowl destination was announced as San Diego, which is less than 40 miles from Wynn's hometown of Oceanside, Calif.

Not surprisingly, many of Wynn's friends and family members have asked the Utes QB to help get tickets. He has sent them all to his dad.

"I'm not going to have them get mad at me," he said. "I'm letting him handle all that stuff."

Playing so close to home could offer distractions, but Wynn's focus is all on getting a win, he said.

"It's my first bowl game and that's all I'm thinking about right now," he said.

Wynn, who injured his ankle against BYU, practiced Wednesday and said he felt good.

"Taking a week off, my body as a whole feels really refreshed," he said.

On the road

While Utah's football players have been able to get some down time since the regular season ended, Utah's football coaches have been busier than ever with most coaches hitting the road recruiting. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham spent the last three days recruiting in Texas, a priority state for the Utes.

Out of the 14 commitments the Utes have so far, seven are from Texas.

While he can't talk specifics, Whittingham was pleased with how the class is coming together.

"We still have a couple spots left and we're going to be very selective for those last few spots," Whittingham said.

Signing dates for midyear transfers are from Dec. 16-Jan. 15. while the regular signing period is Feb. 3-April 1.

Target date

Whittingham said doctors have a target date of clearing defensive tackle Kenape Eliapo by Dec. 16. Eliapo, a senior, has missed the last five games due to an eye condition.

"That would give him just about a week of practice before the bowl game and it would allow him to play," Whittingham said. "If it's later than that, it doesn't look good."

Freshman Dave Kruger has started in Eliapo's place.


Receiver John Peel didn't practice Wednesday because of a foot injury. Whittingham said the Utes should know what his status is Monday. ... Former kicker Louie Sakoda was back with the Utes after his stint with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL. The Roughriders lost to Montreal 28-27 in the Grey Cup.

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Poinsettia Bowl

No. 23 Utah vs. Cal

Dec. 23, 6 p.m., in San Diego



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