- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn, who had shoulder surgery in December, will start throwing next week, coach Kyle Whittingham said.
Wynn will toss only short throws with a trainer and won't practice with the Utes this spring, but Whittingham said that Wynn's rehabilitation is "very much on schedule, if not ahead of schedule."
With Wynn out, sophomore Griff Robles and true freshman Tyler Shreve (a grayshirt) have been getting all the work with the first-team offense as they compete to back up Wynn in 2011. In just five practices, Shreve has shown enough that he's squarely in the hunt.
"He's progressed," Whittingham said. "He's a kid who has a strong arm. He sat out last season so he's a little rusty."
Some more notes:
Whittingham on the move of Brian Blechen from safety to linebacker: "It's very obvious that's where he belongs."
The running back competition is down to three guys: John White, Harvey Langi and Thretton Palamo. Luke Matthews had been listed as a running back but Whittingham said he's become more of a "slash" player: a receiver/running back.
In fact, it appears new offensive coordinator Norm Chow is bringing the "F-back" hybrid position to Utah. In the latest depth chart, Matthews and tight end Jake Murphy were listed as "fullbacks." In the previous depth chart, receiver Mo Lee also was listed there.
Boo Anderson has moved back to linebacker after starting spring as a fullback.
Whittingham seemed to be feeling pretty good about his front seven, particularly defensive tackles Star Lotulelei -- Whittingham said he's "the anchor of the defensive line" -- and James Aiono.
When asked for some standout redshirt freshmen so far this spring, Whittingham listed Murphy, receivers Dres Anderson and Kenneth Scott, linebackers V.J.Fehoko and Jacoby Hale, and safety Terrell Reese.
Will have more after practice.