Thursday morning scrimmage reason for Johnson's redshirt -- Grady impresses

Coach Whittingham wanted a quarterback by the end of the week and he very well might get his wish. Utah held an early morning scrimmage where Brett Ratliff and Tommy Grady took all the snaps for the Utes, while last year's starter Brian Johnson watched from the sidelines. Johnson has decided to redshirt this upcoming season, meaning that the three-man race to become Utah's top quarterback has now turned into a two-man race between Ratliff and Grady.

In today's scrimmage, Grady was the leader in an impressive showing. He completed 11-16 passes for 212 yards and 3 touchdowns, though he was intercepted by cornerback Brice McCain -- who returned the pick for 28 yards. Ratliff completed 7 of 16 passes for 116 yards and 3 touchdowns. Utah receiver Derrek Richards caught five balls for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Fano Tagovailoa sprained his knee after catching 3 passes for 31-yards. He's day-to-day and the injury should not cause him to miss the UCLA game. Freddie Brown hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass from Ratliff and recorded another touchdown catch during Utah's red zone drills. Receiver Bradon Godfrey was leveled by McCain, giving Godfrey a mild concussion. He's expected to be just fine heading into the final week of practice.

Mike Liti was Utah's leading rusher during the scrimmage, recording 37 yards and a score on 6 carries.

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