Thanks to a renewed sense of confidence in himself and his game, Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn realizes now just how much he was struggling early in 2011.
Wynn, whose throwing motion was hampered despite his insistence that he was healthy last year, admits now just how off his game he was.
Wynn completed Utah's first three days of camp in solid form. On Saturday, he made several long throws that found their mark with receivers Kenneth Scott and Quinton Pedroza.
He admitted that as much as he tried, completing those throws a year ago was difficult for him.
Wynn finished the 2010 season with a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State.
The subsequent rehabilitation from shoulder surgery affected his throwing motion more than he let even himself know, he said.
"I was telling myself I was 100 percent, but it's tough to come back from something like that," he said. "I was doing the best I could."
Wynn struggled in the games he did play, going 66 of 116 with two interceptions and six touchdowns.
This year, Wynn's throwing motion is better and so too is his confidence.
"Last year, I forgot what the pitch count was, but by the end of practice I was already done," he said. "It's nice to be able to go through a full practice and feel good at the end of it."
Wynn was particularly happy with his play Saturday, when he made several long throws. His inability to make those last year led to some of the Utes' early offensive struggles.
"Coach [Norm] Chow was calling those and it was whether or not I could get it downfield," he said. "This year, I am a lot more comfortable with it."
On the depth chart
Kelvin York, a junior college transfer from Fullerton College, is firmly entrenched as John White's backup at running back. Freshman Jarrell Oliver and sophomore Lucky Radley are competing for the third spot, coach Kyle Whittingham said.
The 5-foot-11, 223-pound York has been able to separate himself from the others because he is doing a better job picking up blitzes.
"He had a rough time in the spring then made some progress at the end of spring and has studied hard," Whittingham said. "That is his most improved area."
The Utes added another back this week in James Poole, but he is behind the others since he is still learning the offense.