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Wynn is more comfortable in the pro-style offense that new coordinator Norm Chow has installed, noting that he is getting back to what he used to do in high school. He also believes spending more time under center instead of in the shotgun will open up Utah’s running game.

Who will carry the ball is a big question mark, up there with how to rebuild the secondary.

“If we couldn’t find a guy who wasn’t good enough, that would be a concern. We’re just looking for separation between the guys,” Whittingham said of the backfield.

Langi, who enrolled at Utah in January, was the first to ascend to the top of the depth chart at running back this summer but struggled in the first scrimmage. Whittingham also has junior college transfer John White IV, Tauni Vakapuna and former Rugby World Cup participant Thretton Palamo available if Langi isn’t ready.

“He’s just got to quit acting like a freshman and step up and do those things he did in high school that made him a great running back,” Whittingham said of the 6-1, 225-pound Langi.

That a guy with 4.5 speed is wearing Utah red not USC cardinal goes back to the conference shake-up.

“I wanted to go over there, but knowing we were switching to the Pac-12 and knowing Norm was coming over here and switching to a ground-and-pound offense, it was a no-brainer to stay here,” Langi said. “Why go across thousands of miles when I could stay home and have the same opportunities?”

First year or not, the Utes have made it a goal to represent the Pac-12 South in the conference championship, especially with USC not eligible because of NCAA sanctions.

“There’s been a lot of talk and there still is a lot of talk,” Bergstrom said. “We’re just waiting for the talk to end and start playing.”