Tyler Huntley ready to start for Utes in Heart of Dallas Bowl


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Tyler Huntley is healthy again and ready to start.

The Utes sophomore quarterback was back at practice Thursday, and barring another injury, he will start at quarterback for the Utes in the Heart of Dallas Bowl against West Virginia December 26th.

“Well, he looks good right now,” said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “We’re 12 days out, so barring unforeseen things, I would imagine that would be the case.”

Huntley led the Utes to a 4-0 start to the season, but after injuring his shoulder against Arizona, Huntley missed two games, both losses. He returned to action against Arizona State, but the Utes lost four of their next five games.

Troy Williams started the regular season finale against Colorado, and led Utah to a bowl eligible clinching win, rushing for two touchdowns.

But Whittingham has decided to go back to his regular starter for the bowl game.

“He’s the second leading total yardage gainer in the Pac-12,” Whittingham said. “Troy Williams did a terrific job in Tyler’s absence, and if anything goes awry, Troy is right there ready to roll.”

Huntley is relishing the chance to finish the season strong.

“It just gives me the opportunity to get back out there, feeling healthy again,” said Huntley, who has thrown for 2,246 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. “I’m getting a lot of reps in before the game and then I’m looking forward coming back at it in the next off season.”

“That’s our guy,” said Utes leading receiver Darren Carrington. “I mean we started off the season booming with him. When Troy is in there, we’ve got to keep it going too, but it’s going to be good to see him back out there because I know how excited he is to play again.”

As for Williams, like every week, he’s going to prepare as if he will be playing.

“I’ll just be ready for whatever happens,” Williams said. “That’s what it’s looking like.”

Utah and West Virginia will play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl in the Cotton Bowl December 26th at 11:30 a.m. mountain time.

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