Utah football notes: Huntley leaves with an injury after getting sacked

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Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley is slow to get up and left the game after being tackled by Arizona Wildcats linebacker Tony Fields II during NCAA football in Tucson on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley left Friday’s Pac-12 opener at Arizona with an apparent shoulder injury in the second quarter and did not return. The extent of the injury was not immediately known. The sophomore got hurt while being sacked by Arizona linebacker Tony Fields II with 8:45 remaining in the half.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham expects more on Huntley’s status in the next few days.

“We don’t know right now,” he told reporters at his postgame press conference.

Huntley was replaced by former starter Troy Williams. The senior made an immediate impact, completing a 40-yard pass to Darren Carrington II on a pivotal third-and-9 play. It helped set up a 26-yard field goal by Matt Gay that increased Utah’s lead to 13-3.

“I was ready,” said Williams, who wound up completing 9 of 18 passes for 131 yards. “I’m just happy we came out with the win today and I’m ready to get back to work.”

The Utes went on to hold a 13-10 edge at the break and were never tied or behind the rest of the game.

Huntley completed 8 of 9 passes for 98 yards after making his fourth consecutive start. Williams, who was Utah’s starter in all 13 games last season, was 3 of 7 for 48 yards in the second quarter. He also had a 9-yard run.

“Right now, it’s his time,” Whittingham told ESPN 700AM at halftime. He noted that Williams led the Utes to nine wins in 2016.

After losing the job to Huntley in camp, Williams remained determined.

“You can’t break me no matter what you do to me, with what you tell me, no matter what it is,” said Williams, who noted that it would build even more fire in him. He vowed to keep grinding.

Williams opened the second half by leading the Utes on a touchdown drive, capping things off with a 1-yard run.

IN ATTENDANCE: Scouts from the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans were credentialed for the game….

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