I think the biggest thing that needs to happen is that Whittingham needs to
figure out which quarterbacks are obviously better and keep them at the U.
I'm sure at least one of these guys will not end up staying at the U. If
they can do this and create healthy competition that will better the more ready
quarterbacks then I think we'll be set to start the year.
I am glad Wilson is healthy enough to be available, however one more bang to the
head and it might not be just the end of his career. Is football more important
than his health? His status as a turnover machine should move him down the
depth chart at least for next year. Shultz was almost as "giving" as
Wilson was.As for the rest of the squad of QBs it will be
interesting to see who rises to the top. My gut feeling is that the starter
will be either Thompson or Manning with Cox third. Its a relief that there is
finally some options at the U.
Yes we do.I think with a go fast go hard offense like our new OC has
proven he can do, we could end up middle of the Pac 12 next year.And
considering for the second year in a row we will be playing one of the hardest
schedules in the entire country, that would be a great accomplishment.Excited for spring ball and the future of the Pac 12 utes.Onward
"Whittingham did say, however, that all six players would enter spring ball
as quarterbacks"Six? I count 8.WilsonCoxManningSchulzThomasJ. ThompsonK. ThompsonIsomI'm assuming this means Isom will red-shirt and they expect J.
Thompson will not be eligible for another year.If you have seen game
film on Thomas it's evident he's not the guy (too small & no arm).
Schulz is not D1 talent either. So realistically that leaves the following to
compete for the starting spot:WilsonManningCoxK.
Kendall Thompson is the play maker athlete Utah needs.You want a hurry up
spread offense with a dual threat... Then this is your guy.Congrats Utes
on a big time pick up with KT!!!Boomer Utes!
UU, "Whittingham did say, however, that all six players would enter SPRING
ball as quarterbacks"Thompson and Isom won't join the team
until at least May.
Coach Whit is being very tight lipped as he wants all the quarterbacks to go
into Spring ball with the mentality of competing for the job, but I have to
believe he and the offensive coaching staff are thrilled to add Kendall Thompson
to the roster. Based on video I've seen, I would put him #1 on the depth
chart going into Spring ball. Manning is still very young, TW is a
health question mark, Isom will redshirt, Schulz will be relegated to a practice
squad player or leave the program, and Cox is also unknown. I'm very happy
the coaching staff is not settling on any one player. Kendall
Thompson is the most complete spread offense QB I've seen of the bunch
right now. I still think Manning is the QB of the future, but KT has the skills
and ability to start now and run the spread offense the way it was meant to be
run with a quick QB who has a very good arm.
Whatever happened to Chase Hansen from Lone Peak? Shouldn't he be getting
home from his mission in time for this season?
We will be middle of the Pac next year for sure and that is really cool that we
will be in the middle now.Go Utes!
There are no prima dona's in a Kyle Wittingham program. If Thompson or any
of the other QB's perform better than Wilson, they will take his place.
I'm sure Kyle will defer to Christensen and Roderick on deciding who the
starter will be and Christensen has no preconceived notions. Maybe that's
one reason BJ has moved on. The QB situation needed a fresh look.
Hansen won't be back until 2015.Figure him to be in the mix at
the position as well when he's back...he was as dynamic a HS playmaker as
I've ever seen come through the state. All depends on what kind of shape
he comes back in from off the mission.The depth chart looks crowded
now, but it'll thin out. Expect at least a couple of changes/transfers.
Micah Thomas will either play safety or transfer out. He won't
play QB at the U.Adam Schulz, bless his soul, just isn't a Pac 12 QB.
Expect a transfer.The loser of the Cox vs. Manning battle could either
transfer or be a position change, too.Also, if Gionni Paul
couldn't get cleared from Miami, J. Thompson won't from Wyoming.By Fall the QB position will be much less crowded, expect to see:Wilson, K. Thompson, Cox/Manning, Isom with J. Thompson sitting out a
Hansen won't get home until January 2015, maybe December 2014I
think they talk about 6 QB's for spring ball due to the fact that the 2
transfers won't be eligible for SPRING ball, they have to be enrolled (I
think).Multiple QB's with another in a long line of revolving
OC's... I am not sure that is a good problem to have.
Ifel, spring practices don't affect eligibility, the only requirement is
that they are enrolled in classes. Jason Thompson already is, so he'll be
practicing in the spring. Isom hasn't enrolled, as he is finishing high
school this spring, and Kendal Thompson won't graduate from OU until May.
That makes the six QBs mentioned practicing this spring Wilson, Schulz, Manning,
Cox, Jason Thompson and Micah Thomas. Unless Thomas surprises everybody and
shoots his way up the depth chart this spring, I expect he'll move to
corner this summer.
I'm thrilled to have our "problem" of "too many" QBs.
Imagine the enhancement of overall improvement of our QB-play quality. I
don't ever want to experience again what occurred when JW/TW went down
[although I'll always be appreciative of what JH/AS did for us in relief
and particularly for AS enabling us to maintain Manning's/Cox's
RS].Regarding JT, it's my understanding he'll most
certainly be moved-on over to D and is really viewed as an ATH, not as a QB. He
was quite the athlete coming out of H.S. in WA.Coach DC won national
awards at MIZZOU for a reason. He will keep Coach KW at bay and disallow him
from meddling into his affairs on his side as he maintains an iron-tight grip on
our O and running it as he sees fit, start-to-finish. He's as much an
A-Personality as Coach KW is! If only he were here last year during our game
against ASU! I've never gotten over that game and how utterly ticked-off I
was over our somehow/someway managing to lose certain victory!
Everyone who wants to label Wilson as a turnover machine might want to slow down
just a bit. He had quite a few picks that bounced right off his receiver's
hands (four in the UCLA game alone). In my opinion the way ints. are tracked
need to be changed. If the ball is on target and hits the receiver in the hands
then the receiver should be charged with an int. and not the QB.As
far as Chase Hansen when he does get home next winter, I wouldn't be the
least bit surprised if they moved him to LB. He was a standout LB in high school
and heavily recruited for that position as well. So unless he comes home and
blows the rest of them out of the water or is at least in the mix for the
starting QB spot I think they get him on the field as soon as they can which
would mean LB.
With this new stable of QBs chomping at the bit, spring ball should prove to be
a rodeo! Looking forward to bigger, faster, stronger options on offense this
upcoming season. Cannot wait. Go Utes!
Redshirt Wilson for precautionary reasons, redshirt Isom, Wyoming
Thompson sits out, Schulz either transfers or is just out of the picture.
That leaves K Thompson, Manning, Cox, Micah Thomas (is he still
around?) to compete for the job. My money is on K Thompson, not
because I have any idea how good he is, but because I have a feeling that he
came him because coaches said he has great chance to start. Though I am dying
to see what Manning and Cox can do.
StGtoSLC,Thanks for clarification. I missed the word SPRING
Utah definitely has stocked the cupboards full of some options to help them
compete in the PAC-12. But besides Travis Wilson, none of these QB's have
played in a meaningful Division 1 game besides Shulz,(who Utah fans regard as
"not a D1 QB) and Kendall Thompson (Who has only thrown 13 passes in 3 years
as a sooner). At this point the quality and potential is completely unknown for
these QB's. But having 8 options definitely doesn't hurt.As far as Chase Hansen goes, I have an honest question. If Whittingham is
fired following another losing season, does Chase Hansen jump to BYU? I remember
hearing that he grew up a HUGE BYU fan, but BYU was recruiting him as a LB and
not a QB so that played into his decision to pick the Utes. I wonder if the new
GFGH offense under Anae changes anything? And IF Utah parts ways
with Whittingham, who will take over? Sitake? Christensen? Or someone outside
Of course it will be Wilson. The competition will be for backup which for
three years has been extremely important. If Wilson were any more vulnerable
to injury than anyone else he wouldn't be allowed to participate in the
Spring. Calling it an open competition is necessary politics.
Interesting that alot of QB's are transferring to the U or want to...
Schulz, G Paul, & Thompson (from Wyo).
Kendal Thompson is the real deal. When all 3 OU qb were healthy through spring
& summer, many considered him in the lead going into fall camp. You guys
are getting a starting QB for OU type of talented guy. Wilson looks to have some
talent as well, but he isn't too efficient with 16 tds (which is
impressive) but the 16 ints are a coaches nightmare. Dave Christiansen really
wanted this kid & you guys will soon see why. Stupid elusiveness & very
accurate. What he did in the video, he did all the time at practice. Many
current & former players at OU complained about him not getting a chance
because they all new & know how legit he is. Stoops reprimanded many of the
current players because of it & cut them off from the media to avoid
controversy when many were calling for him to play. Go check twitter feed of
many of former players that are now in the NFL like Tony Jefferson, Kenny
Stills, Adrian Peterson, Demarco Murray. The Present & past players always
know more so than most of us fans on the outside.
How many of you utah fans are buying into the new chris b persona's of
sooner1 and soonermagic?
How many are buying Duck's latest conspiracy theory?
Ah come on Duckhunter at least the new guys seem to be able to complete
sentences and at this point they retain a tiny bit of credibility. They might
have pie in the sky high hopes but let them dream brother. Before all the Ute
trolls start hating and the BYU trolls start thinking I'm their new best
friend, I will say that I am a Utah fan. To all of you so called experts out
there let me reiterate what I've been saying the problem with Utah football
is right now. It is the O-Line! They could put Manning or Brady or a number of
other elite QB's behind the guys the U has now and they would get the same
results they've had the last 2-3 seasons. They aren't bad football
players but they are horribly inconsistent and not nearly as physical as they
need to be.
Duck would know. Remember, he's a Tulsa native. LOL
@stgThe smart ones.
Duck, or the ones who believed the one about Bachynski being kicked off the team
last year. Or the one about Whittingham violating recruiting rules to get Jake
Murphy to play for him. Or (my favorite) the one about me actually being a Des
News moderator. So many sound theories over the last couple years.