Bad news for the Utes, as starting quarterback Jordan Wynn will be sidelined for the Las Vegas Bowl due to injury. What's more, the quarterback must undergo surgery that should keep him out for at least spring ball. This means Terrance Cain, who struggled against BYU in the regular season finale, will get the nod in the bowl game.
Wynn's injury happened sometime this week and did not play a role in his struggles against the Cougars Saturday.
This couldn't come at a worse time for Utah, who right now is still trying to find some stability at the quarterback spot. Wynn played most of the game last weekend, but was pulled by the coaches to start the second half. Cain, his replacement, came in and subsequently threw two interceptions, forcing the coaches to reinsert Wynn.
The Las Vegas Bowl was a chance for Wynn to gain some momentum heading into Utah's first season in the Pac-12. With this injury, though, that won't happen. Worse, Cain is a senior and no matter how well he plays in the bowl game, it won't have any impact on next year's team.
If Wynn is out for spring ball, that puts his return date at about the time the team begins practicing for the 2011 season. How does this impact his development and does this change the dynamics of the quarterback race heading into spring and fall camps?
Of course, right now, those questions can wait. The most important one at the moment is whether or not Cain has what it takes to keep Utah's bowl winning streak alive.