When will Kyle Whittingham name a starting quarterback? Ute’s football coach gave an overview of his approach.
Charlie Brewer vs. Cam Rising takes center stage as Utan University football opens fall camp on Wednesday
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The long-awaited and highly anticipated quarterback competition between Charlie Brewer and Cam Rising begins when the University of Utah football team opens fall camp Wednesday afternoon.
Brewer, a transfer graduate from Baylor, has the hype, thanks to a resume that includes 9,700 passing yards and 65 touchdowns in 44 games for the Big 12 program.
Rising, a fourth-year sophomore, isn’t the incumbent per se, but has landed the job once before. Last season, Rising overcame another transfer from South Carolina’s Jake Bentley graduate to win the job and started the opener against USC, but was lost for the season in the 14th offensive shot due to from a shoulder injury.
So there we are: another training camp, another quarterback Utes competition on the bridge. Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham has never been one to fully show his cards when it comes to any positional battle, but he has made it clear when he wants to. when he spoke with the Salt Lake Tribune last week on Pac-12 media day. .
“Sooner or later,” Whittingham said when asked about his timeline for deciding to pick a quarterback. “As soon as we see this separation. As soon as we see it.
Whittingham trying to straighten out his quarterback situation early in camp contrasts with last fall when Rising v Bentley went deep into camp. Based on Whittingham’s “sooner rather than later” phrasing doesn’t offer much in terms of when exactly a starter will be in place, but it might be a good idea to circle August 14 as an important benchmark. .
On August 14, which marks the 11th day of camp and the end of the first full week, Utah will host its first of two live camp scrimmages. The Utes will have practiced in full pads before that date, but the scrum will give Whittingham and his team a first glimpse of what they have in a live match situation.
Conventional thinking states that Whittingham will not make a firm and final decision on his quarterback until they have an argument at least once, likely with Rising and Brewer each having opportunities with the first team offense. .
“It’ll be interesting to watch, but I think that decision will be made sooner rather than later,” Britain red-shirt junior wide receiver Covey said on Pac-12 media day. “I’ve never really seen a two-quarter system work well. It’s always helpful when you know who your guy is going to start the season from the start.
Whittingham has only given serious criticism of Brewer since the Austin, Texas native arrived in Salt Lake City in January. His 15-on-15, 151-yard effort in the spring game only served to amplify the hype surrounding the possibilities of his departure. Outside perception is focused on Brewer starting the Sept. 2 season opener against Weber State in what is expected to be a sold-out Rice-Eccles stadium.
Rising has earned the right to at least compete for the post. But while he was deemed to be in good health and allowed to train, Whittingham noted that Rising “may not recover 100% of his arm strength.”
It was July 27, nine days before the start of camp.
Whittingham cleverly followed up on this revelation by saying that he and his staff expect Rising’s arm strength to reach 100% by the time camp starts, but the fact that it hasn’t yet adds a wrinkle. interesting to the QB situation. If it becomes apparent early in camp that Rising’s arm strength is not where it needs to be, and Brewer continues to perform as advertised, does Whittingham make his QB decision even earlier than the scrum of the August 14?
If the answer isn’t immediately clear, Whittingham won’t rush.
“I hope it happens on its own, but making the right decision is more important than the timing of the decision,” he said.
Beyond Rising and Brewer, redshirt rookie Ja’Quinden Jackson and true rookie Peter Costelli, the cornerstone of Utah’s latest recruiting class, will battle for third place.
Given his height (6ft 2in, 230lb) and a resume that includes a nearly 3,300 yard run in three seasons at the mighty Duncanville High School in the Dallas area, Jackson has immediate potential. as an option in short distance situations and / or Wildcat formations.
Keep in mind that any time Whittingham chooses a quarterback, he has no obligation to make his decision known. For reference, Rising won the job last season, but that decision was never made public during camp. Rising was not revealed as a starter until he warmed up with the first-team offense at Rice-Eccles on the night of the first game.
“There will be the typical athlete response, I’m not sure exactly who the quarterback will be,” Covey said half-jokingly. “I think it’s important that you decide who your quarterback is as early as possible, just to make this jelly and mesh happen. They’re really good at different things so I’m really curious to see how it goes. There’s certainly a reason Charlie has over 9,000 career passing yards, and it was evident from day one on campus.