All throughout fall camp, Utah coaches indicated that there was a legitimate race for the starting quarterback position between senior Troy Williams, the incumbent starter, and sophomore Tyler Huntley.
Williams was named a team captain last week, however, leading many to think he had won the job. In a press release on Monday, though, it was announced that Huntley will be the starter.
Ute players and coaches won't be available for comment on Monday, but Twitter users certainly had some strong reaction to the news.
Have to say... I'm stunned. Huntley named the starter. Well, Taylor has put his stamp on this O again.— The U Fan Cast (@TheUFanCast) August 21, 2017
— Tom Hackett (@TomCantHackett) August 21, 2017
Once the shock wore off for many, some provided further analysis of the decision.
Crazy. Troy Williams was good last year I thought https://t.co/ShV5YXrzoE— go bruins :/ (@equitybruin) August 21, 2017
Wanna know how I know Troy Taylor has full command of this offense? Because this is a move you wouldn't expect out of Whittingham.— Andrew (@andrew_g_utes) August 21, 2017
Starting Williams is way safer than Huntley. If Williams struggles, you can easily go with Huntley. You can't go from Huntley to Williams.— Chris (@utahckh) August 21, 2017
I'm excited. This decision, to me, proves the offense is going in Troy's direction. I'm ready.— UteDaddy (@utedaddy) August 21, 2017
At this point, we know what Troy Williams is. If Huntley is truly better, that's a very good thing.— Braden Shamo (@BradenShamo) August 21, 2017
Others noted how sophomores Huntley, Zack Moss and Demari Simpkins, who all went to the same Florida high school and became collectively known on Twitter as the #HallandaleTrio during their recruiting process, are all primed to have featured roles for Utah this fall.
Let the games begin.....— ❌ (@PresMoss2) August 21, 2017
One Twitter user summed up what the news means in the larger picture of the Utes' season beginning on Aug.31.
So Taylor has his offense, his WRs, his RBs, and his shiny new QB. In 10 days, we'll see what he can do with it all.— The U Fan Cast (@TheUFanCast) August 21, 2017