FILE: Quarterback Cam Rising watches after handing off the ball during a drill as the University of Utah football team opens spring camp at the Eccles Football Facility practice fields in Salt Lake City on Monday, March 2, 2020. Rising is the team’s starter in the Utes’ opener against USC. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — One of the most intriguing questions surrounding Utah’s long, long, long offseason — who will be the Utes’ starting quarterback? — was officially answered not long before kickoff Saturday night against No. 20 USC.
Cam Rising received the starting nod over South Carolina grad transfer Jake Bentley and senior Drew Lisk.
Rising, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound sophomore from Ventura, California, was not only making his Utah debut but also his collegiate debut.
Rising redshirted at Texas in 2018 before transferring to Utah and sitting out in 2019. The four-star recruit was a two-time first-time All-CIF in 2015 and 2017 and a three-year captain at Newbury Park High in California. He was ranked as the No. 8 pro-style quarterback coming out of high school.
Rising spent last year as the Utes’ scout team quarterback and watched the games in the press box sitting next to offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig.
“He’s really become a much better decision maker and taking care of the ball-quarterback. He was a little bit of a loose cannon last year, thinking he could force the ball in there when there was really no play to be made,” coach Kyle Whittingham said about Rising during training camp. “He has become the type of quarterback now that is outstanding with his decisions, goes right through his progression, and goes through his progression very quickly. He goes 1-to-2-to-3 in the blink of an eye and gets the ball out quick. That’s probably the biggest difference is that he’s much more decisive in his read progression, in his decision making, and is taking much better care of the ball.”
This story will be updated.
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