The Arizona St. Sun Devils had little problems with the Utah Utes on the road last season, cruising to a 35-14 win after a couple of scores early in the second half. One of the reasons ASU was so successful is because they contained and confused Utah quarterback Jon Hays.
Despite entering the season as the No. 2 QB in Salt Lake City, Hays has since become the starter due to injuries. After struggling against the Devils last year, Hays is looking for different results this time around. Here is the latest from Jeff Metcalfe of the AZ Republic.
"That game seems a lot longer than a year ago," Hays said. "I've got a lot more confidence in myself this year. My teammates see that and have more confidence in me."
Hays is back starting for Utah (2-1) after beginning another season behind Jordan Wynn. But Wynn made it to only the second game before another shoulder injury requiring surgery ended his career. With 6-foot-6 freshman Travis Wilson not ready, senior Hays was solid (18-of-27 passing, 196 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions) in a 24-21 victory over BYU last week.
"I'm more experienced going into it," Hays said. "I can't really describe the difference. I'm just a lot more comfortable with what we're doing."
The Sun Devils and Utes are scheduled to kickoff from Tempe at 7:00 p.m. PT.
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