Another week, another round of questions for Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham about the status of their injured quarterbacks. Three games into the season, this has become the status quo.
That the two schools happen to play this week simply adds an interesting element. Both coaches made prudent decisions last week -- Helfrich sitting Vernon Adams Jr. against Georgia State and Whittingham resting Travis Wilson against Fresno State -- and it paid off as both teams were able to get nonconference wins. In the process, their backups gained valuable experience, got a taste of victory and bolstered depth at the position.
When Utah travels to Eugene this weekend for the league opener for both schools, it's expected that both quarterbacks will be ready to go for their conference openers. That hasn't been reported anywhere, but it's the general consensus because both could have been available to play last week if needed, according to their coaches. Wilson sprained his shoulder in the victory over Utah State in Week 2. Adams broke his index finger in Week 1, but continued to play in Week 2.
However, Helfrich said, via Andrew Greif of The Oregonian, that Adams would likely be a game-time decision for the second straight week. Adams estimated that his finger was "80 percent."
"He looks very similar to last week, so how's that?" Helfrich said. "It's going to be similar to last week in it will be right up until the end of the week before we make that call."
The Utes aren't taking any chances and instead are preparing for either scenario.
One more link from Greif: The Ducks will be without one of its quarterbacks for the rest of the year. Freshman Travis Jonsen will miss the rest of the season after a "medical procedure." He was not expected to play this season.