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Troy Williams ranked No. 42 starting QB by Athlon

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Troy Williams had a pretty up and down first year as Utah’s starting quarterback. The highs of beating USC on a last minute drive that he orchestrated, to the lows of losing to Colorado on inefficient throwing. But all-in-all, I thought Troy’s first year was solid, and he showed some high potential in many of those Pac-12 games. I thought he wasn’t aided by play calling as the season went along.

AthlonSports.com ranked all the starting QBs in football and they have Troy slotted in at No. 42 in the nation, which lands him at No. 6 in the Pac-12.

Here’s what they had to say:

42. Troy Williams, Utah

Williams turned in a solid debut in his first season with the Utes. In 13 starts, Williams threw for 2,757 yards and 15 touchdowns and added 235 yards and five scores on the ground. Another step forward is likely in 2017 under new offensive coordinator Troy Taylor, but the Utes lose three out of their top four receivers from last year.”

I think his ranking in the Pac-12 fits, especially given what he did last season, although, he was the only QB to beat Sam Darnold head-to-head. I think he has a lot of growth ahead of him, and a QB friendly offense can go a long way. I do believe he’s better than some guys on the list that he’s behind. I’d probably put him somewhere in the mid-30s in the nation, but I think his talent is better than that. He just led a lot of really good drives last year, but unfortunately a lot of those didn’t result in TDs, and some of those results fall on his shoulders. As for the Utes losing three of their top four wide outs, I don’t think that’ll hurt much, as the guys waiting in the wings are very talented, and I think could be a better overall group.

Click here for the full list, and let us know where you think Troy should fall.