FILE – Utah quarterback Cameron Rising looks for a fall camp receiver undecided who will be the quarterback in the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Southern California in Salt Lake City this Saturday, November 21, 2020. The battle for leadership of the offense has turned into a two-man race between Baylor transfer Charlie Brewer and Redshirt student Cameron Rising.
FILE – Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer prepares to throw a pass during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma this Saturday, December 5, 2020. For the second year in a row, the Utes entered fall camp, undecided who will be the quarterback. The battle for leadership of the offense has turned into a two-man race between Baylor transfer Charlie Brewer and Redshirt student Cameron Rising.
Utah wide receiver Britain Covey answers questions during media day of the Pac-12 Conference NCAA College Football on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Los Angeles.
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham answers questions during media day of the Pac-12 Conference NCAA College Football on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in Los Angeles.
Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd answers questions during Pac-12 Conference NCAA College Football media day on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in Los Angeles.
From JOHN COON Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah may finally have all the right bits this season to add a real passing risk to its traditionally strong offensive.
Utes, placed 24th, is brimming with experience and talent at wide receivers and tight end – led by Britain Covey and Brant Kuithe. Covey has topped Utah in three of his previous four seasons, while Kuithe took first place in overall receptions last season.
“In terms of talent alone, this is by far the most balanced team I’ve ever been on for offense firepower – quarterback, running back, receiver, tight end,” said Covey.
The Utes apparently have the right quarterbacks for the job too. Charlie Brewer threw 9,700 yards and 65 touchdowns in four seasons at Baylor before coming to Utah. Cameron Rising is a professional-style quarterback with a strong arm who showed promise before sustaining a shoulder injury against USC last season.
“I have a feeling we’re going to have a very explosive offensive,” said Brewer. “I have a feeling that we won’t just be a defensive team. We’ll be a full soccer team. “
A strong passing game would reverse the script of previous seasons when Utah relied on physical running play and tough defense to claim victories.