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Utah football: Let receivers run free

Youve heard it, and if the spring game was any indication, its true: Utahs quarterbacking situation is vastly better.

Or at least vastly deeper.

Utah has five quarterbacks on scholarship for next season, led by starter Travis Wilson. Co-offensive coordinator Brian Johnson said in Sundays Deseret News that Pac-12 rigors demand that good teams have NFL-level quarterbacks. But there were other key additions.

Adam Schuz Deseret News Photo We really like where we are, especially in the offensive line. We really helped ourselves there with addition of some guys, so we can hit the ground running in fall, Johnson said.

Johnson freely admitted the quarterback situation had become shaky in recent years, but said that will change.

It was kind of a 2-year-long process and we made a concentrated effort to develop quarterbacks and the offensive line, he said. Weve finally got to where our recruiting has caught up to the point we need to have in order to be successful.

Adam Schulz, who will likely be No.2 on the depth chart, praised Johnson for giving me the chance to show what I can do.

Shulz probably has the strongest arm of any of Utahs quarterbacks.

As for offensive production next fall, he is predicting a considerable improvement.

We have a plan to air it out a little bit, get the fans involved and let our fast receivers run, he said.