Nate Johnson moves up on Week 3 Utah depth chart after Baylor performance
Nate Johnson has overtaken Bryson Barnes and has been listed as the No. 2 quarterback behind Cameron Rising on the Week 3 depth chart for Utah.
The Utes host Weber State on Saturday. The updated depth chart was provided Monday morning prior to coach Kyle Whittingham’s regular media availability. Whittingham is sure to discuss Johnson, who helped the Utes avoid an upset in Waco over the weekend.
Johnson began the season as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart, behind Rising and Barnes. Barnes drew starts in each of the first two games. But with Utah sputtering to just six points through three quarters against Baylor last Saturday, Utah abandoned its two-quarterback system and let Johnson run the show full-time.
With 10:01 to play in the fourth, Johnson engineered a 15-play, 88-yard touchdown drive for Utah that tied the game at 13-13 and took 8:02 off the clock.
Utah went on to win 20-13.
Barnes finished the day 6-for-19 passing for 71 yards and an interception. Johnson went 6-for-7 passing for 82 yards while adding 32 rushing yards and the game-tying touchdown.
“We’ve got confidence in Nate, and it’s just a situation where who gives you the best chance to win and what role can each of them play in the situation we’re in right now,” Whittingham told reporters after the game. “But Nate took a big step forward, and he’s going to be a better quarterback because of this performance. We’re excited about his future here.”
In most instances, take a team’s two-deep with a grain of salt.
On Utah’s Rising has been listed as the No. 1 quarterback for each of the first three weeks despite being unavailable to play against Florida or Baylor. Brant Kuithe is also listed as the top tight end and has yet to make his debut either.
Whittingham and the Utes would like to see Rising back this week against Weber State, but whether Rising will be available is yet to be determined.
If he’s not available, though, it looks for now like the Utes may have finally settled on one player for the job in his absence.
The full Week 3 depth chart is below: