August 2, 2006
Who will be QB?
2005 In Review
Utah's quarterbacks performed well in 2005. 18 year old sophomore Brian Johnson stepped in to fill the shoes of the NFL's top draft pick Alex Smith, and all Johnson did was lead the conference is pass efficiency and finish 4th nationally in total offense. Johnson did have a few games where he didn't play well, such as against North Carolina and New Mexico.
For the most part, however, Johnson showed that he is an outstanding young quarterback with the ability to make plays with his arm and his legs. The season didn't end well for Johnson, coming to an abrubt halt two games early after tearing an ACL late in the New Mexico game.
JC transfer Brett Ratliff stepped in against rival BYU and led the Utes to a thrilling 41-34 overtime victory and then led to Utes to a 38-10 thrashing of Georgia Tech in the Emerald Bowl. Ratliff enters fall camp as the co-starter with Johnson, although if Johnson's knee is not 100%, he will redshirt this season.
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