While Utah football has not yet announced a starting quarterback, the team captains have been announced. There are two each for offense, defense, and special teams. On offense, the captains are quarterback Troy Williams and offensive lineman Salesi “Leka” Uhatafe, defense features defensive linemen Filipo Mokofisi and Lowell Lotulelei, and special teams are linebacker Christian Drews and punter Mitch Wishnowsky. Every player with the exception of Wishnowsky, who is a junior, are seniors. In interviews during fall camp with coaches and players, these six players are frequently singled out by their teammates as leaders.
Mokofisi and Uhatafe represented Utah football at the Pac-12 Media Days, so they both seemed like locks for captains. Lotulelei is another senior and has been a fixture on Utah’s defensive line since he was a freshman and every defensive lineman we have talked to cites him (and Mokofisi) as leaders. Wishnowsky is the reigning Ray Guy Award winner and is on multiple preseason watch lists, including for the Maxwell Award. Drews is a senior and has been contributing on special teams in each of the past three seasons. Williams is always the last player off the field at practice. He is a natural leader and leads by example putting in hard work every day. While no starter has been named at quarterback (I believe because Tyler Huntley has made huge strides and that is partly why), I do believe we will see Williams start as a senior.