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Utah Football: Hansen resigned to watching and learning this season

Published August 8, 2012 3:53 pm

College Football • Hays still competing with Wilson for backup QB role
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Despite the depth at quarterback for the Utes this year, former Lone Peak star Chase Hansen thought he could contribute in the 2012 season.

Unfortunately, it will be awhile before anyone will see his talents on the field.

Hansen, a 2011 Parade All-American who threw for 3,066 yards and 38 touchdowns last year for the Knights in their undefeated season, will undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday and will redshirt.

He hasn't participated in camp due to the injury. He plans to leave on a two-year LDS Church mission in December and won't be available until the 2015 season.

"It was the doctors' recommendation," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "They felt like there was enough to go in and fix, particularly with him going on a mission they want to get it strengthened so we followed their lead."

Hansen tried to be positive.

"Obviously his is tough, but it's part of football," he said. "The best way to look at it is that it's an opportunity to learn from Jordan [Wynn], Jon [Hays] and coach [Brian] Johnson. I'm going to go school, rehab my shoulder and be with the team the next few months."

Not done yet

With his size and strong arm, Travis Wilson seems like a lock to become Jordan Wynn's backup. However, veteran Jon Hays is giving the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Wilson a run for the role.

"He is a guy who just won't go away," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said after watching Hays have another good day of practice Monday. "He took a back seat in spring so we could get a good look at the other guys, but he is in the thick of it now."

Whittingham said Wilson and Hays will continue to get equal amount of reps until one separates himself from the other.

"It's a heated competition so both of them are getting as much reps as we can give them."

Hays went 6-3 as the starter for the Utes and completed 120-of-214 passes for 1,459 yards and 12 touchdowns, along with eight interceptions.

Injury report

Receiver Anthony Denham (knee tendinitis) and offensive lineman Vyncent Jones (hamstring) were sidelined at the end of practice with injuries. The tendinitis is a setback that adds to Denham's long injury-related past. A four-star recruit out of East L.A. College, Denham redshirted last year after he suffered a hamstring injury. He also had thumb surgery in the spring.

"He has made strides and he is a good player, but he has to be on the field more to help us obviously," Whittingham said.




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