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Whittingham: Huntley will stay put as starting QB

Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley runs for a first down against Washington on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Holli Joyce,

SALT LAKE CITY – Junior quarterback for the Utes football team, Tyler Huntley, may have had a rough outing against Washington Saturday, but that does not mean he will lose his starting spot.

Head coach Kyle Whittingham reiterated Monday he will stay put on top of the depth chart for quarterbacks for the Utes.

“We are not going to create some quarterback controversy,” Whittingham said. “We believe Tyler gives us the best chance to win right now. As long as that is the case he will be the guy.”

Huntley completed just 20 of 38 passing and threw for 138 yards and one interception. However, Whittingham says the lack of completions is not just on his quarterback.

“If we don’t drop the ball, he would have had really, really good numbers,” Whittingham said. “With all of the drops, it was just very average. When you have excessive drops that really hurts.”

Huntley did complete only 20 passes against Northern Illinois, but that was for 238 yards and no touchdowns. Still, the Utes head coach says he believes in Huntley and expects everyone to improve.

“We evaluate everybody and he has room for improvement, like everyone on the football team,” Whittingham said. “Right now we feel like Tyler’s the guy that gives us our best chance on Saturdays.”