Utah QBs impress in final scrimmage

Apr 21 2012 - 11:01pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Backup quarterback Adam Schulz engineered the game-winning drive and threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Dunn in a 22-21 victory by the Red team in the Utah Spring Game Saturday afternoon at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Returning starter Jordan Wynn and Jon Hays, who took over for Wynn when he was injured last season, both threw for touchdowns as well. Redshirt freshman running back Jarrell Oliver ran for two touchdowns and 24 yards on five carries.

A crowd of 13,503 enjoyed a sunny 78-degree afternoon as the Utes wrapped up their 2012 spring drills. The offenses, under the direction of first-year coordinator Brian Johnson, were impressive as both teams combined for 413 passing yards.

"(We had) a lot of guys making plays," said eighth-year Ute head coach Kyle Whittingham. "We have quarterbacks that are very good. Travis Wilson and Chase Hansen did some really good things. Adam Schulz with the Red team in the fourth quarter was impressive as well. It is a good problem to have, but we have to start to sort that out early in fall camp to determine who the guys are going to be that we invest the reps in."

Wynn, a junior who is back for his fourth year as the starter after injuring his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the fourth game last season, connected on 8-of-11 passes for 124 yards. He also showed some rustiness by throwing two picks and fumbling a snap on the second play of the game.

After Wynn's fumble, the White team took over at its own 37-yard line and put together a seven play drive for the game's first points. Hays threw a 29-yard pass to Kenneth Scott at the 3-yard line. Oliver then ran three yards on the next play to give the White team a 7-0 lead.

After the Red team answered, the White built a 21-7 lead.

Freshman Chase Hansen started the Red comeback.

He ran five times for 36 yards, including a five-yard TD run, drawing the Red within 21-14 with 1:35 left in the third quarter.

That's when Schulz came in, and the redshirt freshman from Muskego, Wis., completed 4 of 5 passes for 95 yards during a six-play drive that started at his own 2-yard line. The last completion was a 50-yard bullet down the left sideline to Dunn, who had a short stroll into the end zone.

Down 21-20 with 3:02 left, the Red team elected to go for the go-ahead two-point conversion. Harvey Langi took a toss to the right side on a run-throw option, and passed to Quinton Pedoza in the end zone.

The Red defense held the White offense to a four-and-out on the next series with an incomplete pass by Wilson on fourth and four at the White 41-yard line.

Junior college transfer Kelvin York had eight carries to lead all running backs, gaining 24 yards. Sophomore tight end Jake Murphy led all receivers with eight catches for 51 yards.

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