Utes eager to kick off season against Weber State


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Three days before the season opener, both Utah and Weber State had some quarterback news.

The Wildcats announced that redshirt freshman Kaden Jenks has won the starting quarterback job, while at Utah, in a bit of a surprise, Jason Shelley beat out 4-star recruit Jack Tuttle for the backup quarterback job.

“It was as very heated battle between number two and three,” head coach Kyle Whittingham said. “Jason just had slightly edged out Jack, and that combined with the fact that Jack has a redshirt year and Jason doesn’t.”

As for the starter, Tyler Huntley, he’s just sick of seeing the same team in practice everyday.

“Definitely, and go against a different team,” Huntley said. “We’ve been going against the defense and the defense knows some of our tendencies, and we know some of theirs. Sometimes it gets a little boring, so I can’t wait to play other teams.”

“He’s doing everything better than he did last year,” said Whittingham. “He was very good last year for us, but he’s just a year older and more mature.”

Even though Weber State is an FBS team, and Utah has won 10 straight season openers, Whttingham is reminding the Utes that major upsets happen all the time.

“He brings up how every year it’s almost guaranteed that a D-1 team loses to a D-II team,” said linebacker Cody Barton. “These are teams you don’t overlook. They’re well-coached, they’re a hard-playing team and they’re going to come out fighting. So it’s a definitely a team you don’t want to overlook. They’re a good team.”

Utah and Weber State kick off the 2018 season Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

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