Essentially demoted back to the third-string spot he’d occupied in past seasons, Brandon Cox informed the Utah coaching staff he plans to leave the program. Utes coach Kyle Whittingham confirmed the quarterback will transfer, Ryan McDonald of the Deseret News reports.
Whittingham and his offensive staff determined that junior college transfer Troy Williams and freshman Tyler Huntley have become the team’s top two options under center after Cox, a junior, came into camp as the top holdover option.
Cox, who has played in just one game with Utah, is eligible to play for his next team immediately after already graduating, reports Patrick Kinahan of 1280 The Zone, who adds that the Utah staff thought he would stay this season and transfer after its conclusion.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound passer came into the Utes’ training camp as the co-starter along with Williams and Huntley, both of which being new candidates for the job that four-year starter Travis Wilson’s departure vacated. Whittingham said Monday that Williams now resides atop the depth chart and Huntley will function as his backup, meaning team reps weren’t going to be there for Cox.
A dual-threat player who enrolled at school early before actually signing with the football team in 2013, Cox initially committed to Arizona as a rising senior out of Pasadena, Calif. He backed out of that pledge after making an official visit to Utah in October and committing a week later. After three seasons waiting behind Wilson, he’ll attempt to venture elsewhere after newcomers commandeered his prospective position.
As a high school talent, Cox rated as a three-star recruit and as the No. 21 dual-threat quarterback in the country, per 247Sports.com.