By LYNN DeBRUIN
AP Sports Writer
SALT LAKE CITY -- As Utah quarterback Jon Hays met with reporters this week, giant red turf burns were visible along both elbows and he spoke of soreness throughout his body.
For a player once without a team, then so far under the radar two freshmen were generating more buzz, Hays was hardly complaining. The QB not recruited by any Division I school until a roundabout journey to Salt Lake City last year is now the offensive leader on a squad riding high after a 27-24 upset win over rival BYU.
"He's tough as nails," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said of the 6-foot, 208-pound senior. "He takes some shots, and picks himself right back up every time. That mental and physical toughness is infectious to the rest of the team."
While it's certainly early, with a tough game at Arizona State this weekend, followed by two more Pac-12 South matchups against USC and UCLA, Hays is a big reason Utah (2-1) has hope following Jordan Wynn's career-ending shoulder in...