Kyle Whittingham updates plan for QB Cameron Rising ahead of Baylor game
Kyle Whittingham says Utah plans to take any decision regarding Cameron Rising’s availability up to game day this Saturday.
Rising missed the Utes’ opener last Thursday. As he continues to recover from offseason ACL surgery, the senior quarterback will go through this week of practice with no limitations. Whittingham listed him as day-to-day for Saturday’s Week 2 matchup with Baylor on the road.
“We’ll just see how he responds, how the injury responds because this is his first week of no limits,” Whittingham said. “So, we’ll see what he can do, see how he moves around.”
In Rising’s absence, Bryson Barnes drew the start against the Gators. He completed 12 of his 18 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown.
Utah also used redshirt freshman Nate Johnson as a change-of-pace quarterback. Johnson completed three of his four pass attempts for 6 yards, but added 45 rushing yards and a touchdown on six carries.
Regardless of whether he plays, Whittingham said he doesn’t see a scenario where Rising does not travel with the team to Waco.
“I’m sure he will, he’s a captain,” Whittingham said, while also noting that there are no travel restrictions on out-of-conference road games.
The Utes (1-0) face the Bears (0-1) at 9 a.m. PT on ESPN.