SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - The Utes wrapped up their second scrimmage of training camp, and while Jordan Wynn is still the starting quarterback, the competition is heating up.
"Everyday I come out and compete," said Wynn, who complete six of nine passes for 85 yards in the scrimmage. "If that's what it should be labeled, then it is what it is. But I battle those guys everyday, whether it's in the weight room or out here. We're just going to make each other better."
Freshman Travis Wilson has turned the most heads in camp with his size, arm strength and knowledge of the offense. In fact, Wilson has drawn comparisons to Wynn with their abilities to pick up the offense so quickly.
"I've been told there are similarities," said Wilson. "I still have a lot to learn and a lot to improve, but I thing I've gotten the hang of it."
"It really is the same similarities," added defensive lineman Dave Kruger. "Jordan Wynn picked up the offense really fast, and Travis has picked it up fast. I like the direction he's heading. He's an amazing quarterback and he's going to be really good."
Offensive coordinator Brian Johnson has also been impressed with Wilson's performance in fall camp.
"He's done a nice job," said Johnson. "It's a credit to his mentality, how much he works at it and how much he studies. That's what it takes to be successful at this level."
Jon Hays and Adam Schulz are also vying for playing time. Schulz had the best statistical performance in the scrimmage, completing eight of nine passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns. However, most of his time came against the third and fourth string defenses.
Wilson has heard fans say they think he should be the starter over Wynn, who has struggled through injuries in his first three seasons at Utah. But Wilson is not letting all the talk distract him from the work he needs to continue to do.
"People have their own different beliefs," Wilson said. "At the end of the day, I do want to start. But if that doesn't happen, then I want to help the team out in any way I can."
"If we can get him implemented and get 10 or 12 snaps a game as a duel threat quarterback, I think that will help our cause," said head coach Kyle Whittingham.
While Wynn and Wilson continue to battle for the starting job, their relationship has not been strained at all.
"It's totally fine," said Wilson. "Me and Jordan and all the rest of the quarterbacks, we're really close together."
"He's done a good job," said Wynn about Wilson. "In spring ball he did a good job, and in fall camp he's doing good. He just has to continue to get better and I try to help him as much as I can."
Let the competition continue.