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‘I’ll throw as many times as they let me’: Is Utah relying too heavily on Cam Rising?

In the Utes’ win over USC, Rising completed 29 of 43 passes for 415 yards and two touchdowns; he carried the ball 11 times for 60 yards and three TDs

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Utah Utes quarterback Cam Rising (7) warms up as Utah and USC prepare to play in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.

Utah quarterback Cameron Rising warms up as Utah and USC prepare to play at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. Rising was a workhorse, with his arm and his legs, in victory over the Trojans.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

No doubt, Utah’s offense is relying heavily on quarterback Cam Rising — both as a thrower and a runner.

For example, in the Utes’ 43-42 victory over USC, Rising completed 29 of 43 passes for 415 yards and two touchdowns; he also rushed 11 times for 60 yards and three TDs. 

Is coach Kyle Whittingham concerned about how many passes Rising is attempting? 

“Well, if he completes as many as he did and throws for 400 yards, we’d love to do that every week. I wouldn’t say that’s a negative,” he said. “There’s more than one way to win a game. Some weeks, it’s just pound the rock and rush for 200 yards. (The game against USC) wasn’t one of those. We had to score and score in bunches so we leaned more on the throw game.”

Rising, meanwhile, loves to air it out. 

“I’ll throw as many times as they let me,” he said. 

As far as Rising’s running, Whittingham is comfortable with him rushing as much as necessary. 

“Yeah, because he’s doing a pretty good job of absorbing some of those hits and not taking some of them by getting out of harm’s way,” he said. “He’s (having) eight to 12 carries a game, whether it’s by design or breaking the pocket on a scramble. Like clockwork, he gives us that 50 to 80 yards of run production. Many of those runs are in critical situations, as evidenced by (the win over USC).”


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