SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah football team will hold its first scrimmage of spring ball at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The Utes are expected to run 90 plays during the scrimmage, which is open to the public.

Utah’s quarterback battle will be on display at the scrimmage, as head coach Kyle Whittingham is replacing long-time starter Travis Wilson.

The candidates to lead Utah’s offense are Brandon Cox, a junior in his fourth year in the program; Troy Williams, a junior college transfer from Santa Monica College; and Tyler Huntley, true freshman and reigning Gatorade football player of the year in Florida.

The battle is likely to last until Utah’s season opener in September.

A new offensive focus should also be apparent. Whittingham and co-offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick recently told the Associated Press the Utes will still run a spread offense, but the quarterback will be under center more often to help strengthen the run game and play-action passing.

Fans can also get a first glimpse of punter Mitch Wishnowsky, another Australian taking the reigns from two-time All-American Tom Hackett.

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