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Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley will make his last appearance at Rice-Eccles Stadium next week when the Utes host Colorado. Huntley likely will have multiple games to come, but soon it will be time to think about his potential successors at the position.
The Utes have a quarterback opening in the class of 2020, with Florida product Katravis Marsh announcing this week that he’s reopening his recruitment. Marsh, from Miami Central High School, had committed to Utah in late June.
Peyton Powell, a quarterback/receiver who enrolled at Baylor this year and entered the NCAA transfer portal in late August, announced Thursday that he’s coming to Utah. Powell was a four-star recruit from Odessa (Texas) Permian High School, the “Friday Night Lights” school chronicled in the book and movie.
He’ll join Utah’s 2020 projected roster of scholarship QBs, including Drew Lisk as a senior, Jason Shelley as a junior and Cameron Rising as a sophomore, plus preferred walk-on Carter Robinson as a redshirt freshman. Rising is sitting out this season, having lost a year’s eligibility in his transfer from Texas. Powell likely would need an NCAA waiver to be eligible to play in 2020.
Shelley and Rising should be the primary competitors, with Shelley having regained the No. 2 job from Lisk recently.
My weekly “Utes in review” analysis praised Utah for so decisively subduing opponents this season.
In Monday’s news conference, coach Kyle Whittingham played along with the theory that this is the Ute offense he’s always wanted.
Defensively, the Utes’ talent is being recognized, with five players (and potentially a sixth) joining running back Zack Moss in the 71st Senior Bowl all-star game in January.
More praise of the defense came via the Pac-12′s weekly awards.
A subtle addition of another Pac-12 team to the College Football Playoff Top 25 this week gives Utah and Oregon a bit of a boost.
Whittingham is said to be an “anti-birthday guy,” but the occasion of his 60th birthday Thursday merits a look at his career.
The Ute men’s basketball team remained just steady enough at the end of a 73-69 win over Minnesota, another healthy checkpoint early in the season. Utah will play three games in the Myrtle Beach Invitational in South Carolina, beginning Thursday night vs. the host team, Coastal Carolina.
The Ute women’s team hosted a top mid-major program, South Dakota, in its home opener Saturday and lost in overtime. Utah recovered Monday by routing Eastern Washington. Utah will play two games in Hawaii this week, facing Texas Southern and Texas-San Antonio in a predetermined format.
Utah’s soccer season ended with a 4-0 loss at Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Ute football team is stirring up opinions from around the country, and that no doubt will continue during the buildup to the College Football Playoff semifinal picks Dec. 8.
Here’s Pac-12 expert Jon Wilner, on why he devalues the Utes in his AP Top 25 voting (MERC).
The Washington Post gives an acknowledgment to Whittingham’s program (POST).
And so does the Tampa Bay Times (TIMES).
Christopher Kamrani of The Athletic got more insight into Whittingham from a good source (ATH).
Mike Sorensen of the Deseret News analyzes Huntley and the Heisman race (DNEWS).
• Utah’s No. 14 women’s cross country team will compete Saturday in the NCAA Championships at Terre Haute, Ind., having made the 31-team field for the third time in five years. Utah finished fifth in the highly competitive NCAA Mountain Region race last week at Rose Park Golf Course, with Poppy Tank placing 12th individually and Sarah Feeny 13th. The program’s best-ever NCAA finish is 20th in 2016. Ute coach Kyle Kepler’s other runners Saturday include Cara Woolnaugh, Bella Williams, Emma Christensen, Trina Moreno and Ellie Lundgren.
• Utah’s volleyball team will host No. 4 Stanford on Friday and No. 24 California on Sunday. The Utes experienced more of the Pac-12′s epic battles against Top 25 teams on the road last weekend, beating Washington State and losing to Washington.