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How Utah’s depth chart stacks up at quarterback behind Charlie Brewer

Bryson Barnes is No. 3 on the depth chart behind Cam Rising, while four-star QB Peter Costelli could redshirt this season

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Utah Utes quarterback Bryson Barnes (16) looks to throw during the spring game in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

Utah quarterback Bryson Barnes looks to throw during spring game in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Barnes, a freshman from Milford High, is the No. 3 QB heading into Utah’s opener against Weber State.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

A lot of attention was on the quarterback battle between Charlie Brewer and Cam Rising during Utah’s fall camp, and rightly so.

Brewer ended up winning the starting job and Rising was named as his backup.

But this week coach Kyle Whittingham offered some more detail about what the rest of the depth chart looks like at the QB position.

Whittingham said Bryson Barnes, a freshman from Milford, is the third-string quarterback entering the season opener Thursday (5:30 p.m., MDT, Pac-12 Network) against Weber State

Texas transfer Ja’Quinden Jackson has been sidelined with an injury and may not be available Thursday. 

What is four-star freshman quarterback recruit Peter Costelli’s situation right now? 

“Peter’s done a great job since he got on campus last spring,” Whittingham said. “If we have the opportunity to redshirt him this year, that’s something we’ll be looking at because the quarterback room is pretty solid. That could change due to circumstances. If everything goes status quo, it’s a possibility that Peter will be a redshirt candidate this year.”

Asked how Rising took the news that Brewer would be the starter, Whittingham said, “Exactly what you would hope. He was professional. He understood, but he was disappointed because he’s a competitor. If his number’s called, he’ll be ready.”