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Monday, September 20, 2010
Wynn closer to returning for Utah?

By Andrea Adelson

Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn is supposed to begin throwing again at practice this week, but the Utes should not be in a hurry to rush him back.

Not with San Jose State up on Saturday. Not with the way Terrance Cain has been playing.

Wynn sprained the thumb on his throwing hand in the opener against Pittsburgh and played the rest of the game. But he has missed the past two -- against less-than-stellar opponents. Cain, who started the first eight games of last season, has played extremely well with Wynn on bench. But let us remember that Utah could afford to have Wynn sit out a few games in this current stretch against some pretty awful teams.

That is not to take anything away from Cain, who has made tremendous strides in the spread offense at Utah. In his two starts against UNLV and New Mexico, Cain has gone 33-of-43 for 455 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Last weekend, he set a school record for completion percentage in the 56-14 win against the Lobos, completing 20 of his 23 passes.

Considering how well he is playing and the level of competition this week for Utah, it would not be surprising if coach Kyle Whittingham decides to give Cain the nod once again. Utah then has a bye week before it goes on the road to play Iowa State.

The only question is whether Whittingham wants to get Wynn some game action before that game against the Cyclones. If Wynn sits out, it will have been more than a month since he actually played in a game. Winning those games against teams from automatic qualifying conferences is doubly important for schools from the Mountain West, and though Utah would be favored to win, Whittingham might not want Wynn to go into Ames cold.