Thoughts on QB Thompson leaving UW for Utah

First it was Brett Smith, now it’s Jason Thompson.

Wyoming has lost its top two quarterbacks heading into the 2014 season. Smith declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft on the final Friday of 2013. On the first Tuesday of 2014, Thompson transferred to Utah.

Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson

Thompson, who would have been a redshirt sophomore this season, wasn’t guaranteed the job for first-year coach Craig Bohl. But he was the most experienced player on the roster having played six games and starting one in 2012. He redshirted in 2013 to hone his quarterbacking skills.

Is it ironic that Thompson is going to Utah where his former coach — Dave Christensen — if the offensive coordinator? Probably not. To think that didn’t play a factor would be naive.

In fact, Christensen was officially introduced as Utah’s offensive coordinator Tuesday. Here are some links to what he said, and some stories by the fine folks at The Salt Lake Tribune.

http://utahutes.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/010714aaa.html

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57363571-89/whittingham-christensen-erickson-offensive.html.csp

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57363264-89/whittingham-offensive-christensen-coach.html.csp
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Christensen hired as Utah’s offensive coordinator

Former Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen was hired Friday as Utah’s offensive coordinator.

Not a big surprise.

Christensen and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham are long-time friends and colleagues. Both were assistant coaches at Idaho State in the early 1990s.

Former Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen was hired as offensive coordinator at Utah Friday.

Former Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen was hired as offensive coordinator at Utah Friday.

“As one of the pioneers of the spread offense, Dave Christensen is an innovative coach and was the architect of one of the top offenses in the country during his time at Missouri,” said Whittingham in a statement from the school Friday. “We feel fortunate he was available and interested in joining our program, and he will be a great fit with our staff. We want an explosive offense and that’s been a trademark of Dave’s throughout his career as an offensive coordinator.”

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One wild ride back in Washington

Colorado State coach Jim McElwain brought it up first on Tuesday, and all Wyoming coach Dave Christensen could was laugh.

It was the mid-1980s and both were assistant football coaches at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. McElwain was the quarterbacks coach, Christensen was a graduate assistant.

Both dropped a recruit off at the airport in nearby Spokane and were headed back to Cheney. The roads were icy, Christensen was driving and in his words: “I took him for a little joy ride and went off an embankment. Luckily (the vehicle) was front-wheel drive. I put it back in gear, pulled us out of the ditch and away we went. It was quite a spin.”

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