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Utah football coaches: Captaincy doesn't necessarily mean starting

Troy Williams looks to pass during University of Utah football practice in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
Troy Williams looks to pass during University of Utah football practice in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
Ravell Call, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah offensive coordinator Troy Taylor and head coach Kyle Whittingham insist there’s no direct correlation between Troy Williams being chosen to be a captain for the second straight year and his quest to also continue his role as the starting quarterback. Williams is competing for the job in camp with Tyler Huntley and Cooper Bateman.

Taylor said the things are completely separate.

“That’s voted on by the team and he’s deserving because of how hard he works and how much respect he has,” Taylor explained. “But, yeah, the two are completely independent.”

When asked if it would be awkward to have a backup as a captain on offense, Taylor replied that it was a good question. He then said that regardless of starting or not, a captain still has to lead and be a stand-up guy. Taylor expressed confidence that Williams would do so no matter what happens.

“It’s got nothing to do with position battles and we made that very clear when we talked about the vote — that it’s not a popularity contest. It’s not the best football players. It’s not even necessarily starters,” Whittingham said. “It’s who are the best leaders right now. So that’s what it boiled down to."