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Utah strengthens quarterback position with former five-star Sam Huard ahead of potential playoff push

Former five-star quarterback Sam Huard has committed to Utah, 247Sports reports. Huard, who started his college career in Washington before working at Cal Poly and then returning to the transfer portal, brings significant talent to the Utes roster.

Utah faced quarterback depth issues in 2023 after Cam Rising’s season-ending injury, exacerbated by the transfer of backup options. The addition of Huard offers a potential solution, providing depth behind Rising and a potential starter for the 2025 season.

Huard himself acknowledges the opportunity to learn from Rising and compete within Utah’s system as influential factors in his decision. His experience as a Division I starter adds valuable depth to Utah’s quarterback pool, which is crucial for offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig’s peace of mind.

Ranked as the No. 3 quarterback and No. 23 overall player in the class of 2021, Huard’s college journey has had its ups and downs, including a challenging freshman outing and a successful season at Cal Poly under the guidance of his high school coach.

Sam Huard
Sam Huard (credits: 247 sports)

Huard comes from a prominent football family, with his father and uncles having played in Washington and the NFL. Huard brings not only skills but pedigree to the Utah program.

Utah’s acquisition of Huard reflects their proactive approach to strengthening key positions, especially in light of the expanded College Football Playoff format.

With Utah’s move to the Big 12, where the conference champion earns a spot in the playoffs, the stakes are higher than ever, highlighting the importance of a robust roster for national contention.

Despite setbacks due to injuries in the previous season, Utah remains optimistic about their prospects as it has strengthened their offensive arsenal for the challenges ahead.