Is the starting job his?
Cameron Rising should be first eligible to play for the Utah offense entering the third year of his collegiate career. Thanks to the new NCAA redshirt rule, he didn’t have to forego one year of eligibility in his one season on the Forty Acres. He’ll likely be a redshirt sophomore when he could first compete to win the starting job.
The good news for Rising is that the projected starting quarterback for Utah next season should run out of eligibility entering the 2020 off-season. The first year that Rising should be eligible to play for the Utes would present a pretty clear path to the starting job under center.
Most of the competition for the starting quarterback battle coming Rising’s way is the rising redshirt sophomore Shelley. When Shelley got playing time during the 2018 campaign, he was up and down with more than 1,350 total yards and eight touchdowns to go along with six interceptions.
Moreover, Utah hasn’t landed a single quarterback commit for either the 2019 or 2020 recruiting cycles. The last highly touted quarterback that Utah signed, former four-star pro-style standout Jack Tuttle, transferred to the Indiana Hoosiers. Given all this, the path looks as open as ever for Rising to compete for the starting job come the 2020 preseason.