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Utah football: Still no decision on a starting quarterback in three-player competition

Quarterbacks Tyler Huntley, Troy Williams and Cooper Bateman pass during a University of Utah football practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
Quarterbacks Tyler Huntley, Troy Williams and Cooper Bateman pass during a University of Utah football practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
Spenser Heaps,

SALT LAKE CITY — Nothing new on the starting quarterback battle at Utah.

“It’s the same,” said offensive coordinator Troy Taylor. “It won’t change this week.”

As such, the competition between Troy Williams, Tyler Huntley and Cooper Bateman will continue through the remainder of camp, which concludes Saturday.

“We’ve got some good quarterbacks that are competing and playing well,” said Taylor, who added that if the Utes didn’t have a great situation a starter would probably have already been named.

Taylor noted that Williams brings experience and steadiness to the position. He noted that Huntley has the element of being a dual threat and explained that Bateman is armed with maturity and good instincts.

“Coming in as a new coordinator, I wanted to give these guys equal opportunity,” Taylor said. “And I just don’t want to rush to judgment.”

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham is also taking a measured approach. He said the naming of a starting quarterback is the most important decision to be made heading into the season.

“We want to make sure we do it right,” said Whittingham, who noted the Utes still have 17 days before the season begins.

Even so, Whittingham acknowledged that it seems like it’s taking forever because camp is a week longer this season. He added that no quarterback announcement is coming in the next few days.

Whittingham said that if he were a betting man, he believes things will be settled before the Aug. 31 opener against North Dakota and not extend into the season.