Whitt Speaks On Team Health, Brandon Rose Injury, Utah Quarterback Depth

Aug 15, 2023, 12:47 PM | Updated: Aug 16, 2023, 11:18 am

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utes received some bad news concerning their quarterback depth on Friday and Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham spoke on it further Tuesday after practice.

A relative of Brandon Rose, who has been competing for the backup job with the Utes this season, posted on Instagram that Rose was home and doing well after being in the hospital. The accident is believed to have taken place during last Thursday’s live scrimmage.

Rose’s status for Utah for the 2023 season is in question for the time being, leaving Bryson Barnes, Nate Johnson, and Mack Howard as potential backups in the event starter Cam Rising isn’t good to go or gets hurt during the season.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by KSL Sports (@kslsports)

Kyle Whittingham Gives Updates on Brandon Rose Injury, Overall Team Health

Utah football has a policy in place that they don’t discuss injuries in depth unless they are season ending. Whittingham addressed the media for the first time on Tuesday since the accident and had the below to say.

“We don’t do any injury reports,” Whittingham said. “I will say that we are a little bit beat up right now as a team which you would expect 14 days in. We’re over the halfway point- 11 practices to go and so hopefully we’ll get guys back, but camp is physical. That’s how it always is. Nothing different this year. We are little bit beat up but hope to see some guys work their way back into the mix and start taking reps again.”

As for starting quarterback Cam Rising’s status along with tight end Brant Kuithe, Whittingham quickly said there was no change in their status and then gave the rundown of the current quarterback depth.

“Bryson Barnes is taking the majority of reps with the ones,” Whittingham said. “Nate Johnson is taking the majority of the reps with the twos. When Cam is at practice, which is, not every day, but most everyday- he gets a fair share of the ones in certain drills as well.”

Finally, Whittingham declined to talk about whether Rose has even been present at practice since the incident, noting he’ll only talk about Rising’s status.

“No individual updates,” Whittingham said. “Except for Cam- I’ll tell you about that.”

The Utes are just a little over two weeks from kicking off their 2023 season at home against the Florida Gators and will be hoping to get a few more guys back into the mix soon.

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on TwitterInstagram, and Threads: @BodkinKSLsports

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Utah Football Fan Guide...

Michelle Bodkin

Social Media Notes Utah Football Is 100 Days Out From 2024 Season

May 21, 2024, marks 100 days until Utah football is back in action at Rice-Eccles Stadium to kick off their 2024 college football season.

5 hours ago

bryson van sickle...

Michelle Bodkin

Another First For Utah Baseball As Bryson Van Sickle Earns Pitcher Of The Year

Bryson Van Sickle was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year for Utah baseball as they await their first conference tournament game.

12 hours ago

Big 12 Football, Nonconference Games, BYU/SMU...

Mitch Harper

10 Must-Watch Big 12 Football Nonconference Games In 2024

The best nonconference matchups in the Big 12 for 2024.

1 day ago


Michelle Bodkin

Three Former Utah Women’s Basketball Players Heading For 2024 Paris Olympics

Team Canada's first 3X3 basketball team to ever qualify for the Olympics will feature three former Utah women's basketball greats.

1 day ago


Michelle Bodkin

Utah Athletics Weekend Recap, Look Ahead This Week For Utes

It was a busy weekend for Utah Athletics with several sports wrapping up their seasons or stamping their tickets for postseason play.

1 day ago


Michelle Bodkin

Utah Softball Beats Morgan State, Second Elimination Game Rescheduled Due To Weather

Utah softball is alive after beating Morgan State, 1-0, but have to wait to play their second elimination game due to weather.

3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Whitt Speaks On Team Health, Brandon Rose Injury, Utah Quarterback Depth