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Cam Rising’s All-Pac-12 season deserves to be recognized – and an apology

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes quarterback Cameron Rising (7) passes Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Carson Wells (26) as University of Utah hosts Colorado Buffaloes in Pac-12 football, Friday November 26, 2021 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

I am sorry.

There, I said it.

I’ve been asked by some Utah fans, those who paid no attention to the string of mediocre or underdeveloped Ute quarterbacks between Brian Johnson in 2008 and Tyler Huntley in 2018 – Tommy Grady, Terrance Cain, Jordan Wynn, Jon Hays, Travis Wilson, Adam Schulz, Kendal Thompson, Troy Williams, with a bit of Jason Shelley mixed in – followed by two top rookies, Jack Tuttle and Peter Costelli, who exploded from the program, and two other quarterbacks – fullback, top-tier transfers Jake Bentley and Charlie Brewer, who failed Utah, to apologize for a column I wrote earlier this season saying Utah is where the quarterbacks are going to die.

That last part is apparently no longer true, not with the rise of the aptly named Cam Rising, who came as he did.

I have received hundreds of messages, in one form or another, from unhappy fans, bringing this to my attention. I thank you. I might have missed it otherwise.

So I was very right and a little wrong.

I can admit it.

False, false, false.


A sample of posts on Twitter and elsewhere:

“Sssssssssssswing and a miss.”

” We laugh. “

“It would be nice if Gordon took some responsibility for his bad decisions.”

“Hey, @GordonMonson, @Utah_football has had the Pac-12 first team QB for 2 of the past 3 years. But you and your article said that Utah is where the QBs went to “die”. How exactly does it work? “

“Be indulgent with the facts… Gordo doesn’t care much about those…”

“This fiasco is right away with your article“ Clueless Kyle. ”I think it’s pretty clear that the one with no clue was Gordon Monson from the start.

“It’s a tool and always has been. His articles are negative click traps. Just ignore him even when he complains about being let go.

“@UtahCoachWhitt and @Utah_Football are now accepting an apology. Do not hesitate to write a correction piece. Isn’t that what the press does when it doesn’t fully understand the facts? “

“Clown face emoji.”

“It hasn’t aged well.

“Hi Gordon [picture of a clown]. “

“Your shoddy sports journalism deserves all the smoke. “

“He’s the only reason I canceled my @sltrib subscription.”

“I know Gordon Monson has a career full of horrible articles, but this one should be at the top of his Hall of Shame articles.”

“It’s on Twitter that Gordon Monsons [sic] s—- takes to make fun of.

“Sorry s—-.”

“Let’s bring him some boys (even with characters from SpongeBob Squarepants holding pitchforks and torches).”

“It’s a schtick hack. Just looking for clicks for relevance. An aspirant.

“Don’t come here once every two years… It’s nice to have come!

“@GordonMonson, am I interested in your take on how this QB came to die here?” I’m sure you have a follow-up on this.


“Say you’re sorry, m ————— r.”

OK, like I said before, “I’m sorry.”

Sorry. Sorry. Sorry.

I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

Utah is where the quarters used to will die.

Not anymore, not yet.