Utah quarterback race heating up
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The University of Utah's annual Red-White game ended in a dead heat.

So, apparently, did this spring's race for the starting quarterback job.

Junior Corbin Louks, junior college transfer Terrance Cain and freshman Jordan Wynn all played well during a 35-35 tie at sun-splashed Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday. They head into the offseason locked in a tight three-man battle for the No. 1 job.

Louks completed 22 of 33 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns.

Cain completed for 13 of 18 passes for 113 yards.

Wynn, the quarterback race's long shot when spring practice began, completed eight of 13 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown.

"I thought all three of the quarterbacks did a good job -- made good decisions," said coach Kyle Whittingham. "Now they just have to work their tails off -- all summer long, like everybody else does. They've got to throw on their own ... and [develop] that chemistry that has to be there beween receivers and quarterbacks."

Whittingham seemed extra pleased with the progress of Wynn, the highly regarded recruit from Oceanside, Calif., who signed with Utah after orally committing to Colorado.

"It's turned into a three-man race, is what it looks like," Whittingham said. "Initially, it was Corbin and Terrance. But Jordan has closed the gap considerably and I'd say right now he's a viable candidate for the job."

Whittingham compared Wynn to another quarterback from southern California who had a decent career at Utah.

"He's got a lot of Alex Smith in him, when Alex first got on campus," Whittingham said. "His demeanor, his poise [and] the way he carries himself is very much what Alex was like at that same stage."

Wynn "felt pretty good" about his play in the Red-White game.

"I had a pretty productive day and feel really good about heading into the summer and the fall," he said.

Listed at 6-foot-1 and 163 pounds in the program, Wynn claims he's put on a little weight since arriving at Utah. But he wants to gain another 10 or 15 pounds, which would help him handle the physical punishment if he becomes the No. 1 quarterback.

"Obviously, I thought it was a three-man race from the get-go," he said. "But I wasn't there weight-wise."

Winning the No. 1 job, Wynn said, "is everybody's goal. But really, any way I can help the team, I'll do it. If that means redshirting and running the scout offense, then I'll do it. Helping Corbin out. Helping Terrance out. Anything I can do for this team to help make it better, I'll do."

Louks, who backed up Brian Johnson during last year's unbeaten Sugar Bowl season, remains confident.

"I don't really like talking about the battle because I'm trying improve my game and improve my team and get ready for the fall," Louks said. "But I think this is my job. I want to lead this team. I want to take this on and try to get wins."

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Highlights

» On the final play of Utah's annual spring game at Rice Eccles Stadium, freshman receiver Ryan Lacy recovers a fumble in the end zone to help the Red team tie the Whites, 35-35.

» On the first play of the game, defensive end Mike Lolani picks up a fumble and rumbles 35 yards for a touchdown. Lolani is a walk-on from Hunter High and Snow College.

» Quarterbacks Corbin Louks, Terrance Cain and Jordan Wynn combine to complete 43 of 64 passes for 593 yards. Louks throws for three of the game's four touchdown passes.