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Utah football notes: Williams has proven to be a durable QB

SALT LAKE CITY — Troy Williams may be closing in on something unusual for a starting quarterback at Utah. The junior could become the first signal caller since Brian Johnson in 2008 to start every game for the Utes.

“I want to make it throughout the season,” Williams said. “My main thing is I pray every night that God watches over me and keeps me healthy and injury free. Then I’m always in the training room making sure my body is good and the ice tub.

“When I’m out there playing, just making sure I’m making right decisions — whether its sliding or getting out of bounds,” he added. “Things like that, not trying to take any extra hits. But taking them when I need to.”

Williams, who began his collegiate career at Washington and appeared in four games as a redshirt freshman, is holding up well physically as a Pac-12 regular at Utah. He spent last season at Santa Monica College in California.

“I expected to come up here and help out my team a lot, just help put us in the best position to win,” Williams said. “I feel like I’ve been doing OK this year. I don’t have the best numbers out there, but just the fact that we’re winning and I’m putting my team into a position to get points and just win games, that’s all that matters to me.”

Williams is fifth in the Pac-12 with 1,888 passing yards. He tops the conference with 10 completions of 40 yards and greater.

SMART GUYS: Defensive end Hunter Dimick (3.3 GPA, communication/sociology), long snapper Chase Dominguez (3.7 GPA, communications) and safety Marcus Williams (3.59 GPA, sociology) have been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America’s Academic All-District first team. All three are on the national ballot for Academic All-America recognition.

EXTRA POINTS: After a bye week, Utah returns to action next Thursday at Arizona State. The Utes will be seeking their 25th conference victory since joining the Pac-12 in 2011 . . . Left guard Isaac Asiata leads the offensive line with 12 cuts . . . Dimick is the team leader in sacks with seven . . . Punter Mitch Wishnowsky tops the nation in punt average (48.8 yards), punts inside the 20 (24) and punts of 50 yards or greater (21). He’s tied for first with 11 punts inside the 10.


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