San Diego Jordan Wynn should feel pretty much at home when he leads No. 23 Utah against California in the Poinsettia Bowl tonight.
Wynn, a true freshman quarterback, went 2-0 at Qualcomm Stadium in leading suburban Oceanside High to section titles.
“I had pretty solid games,” said Wynn, who led Oceanside to the state title in 2007. “I definitely have some history there.”
Granted, it’s still a big step up from a prep powerhouse to a program that a year ago beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham expects Wynn to be fine. Wynn made his debut in the second half against Wyoming on Oct. 31 and started the last four games, going 2-2.
“He’s been thrust into some pretty difficult situations already this year, you know, at TCU in front of a packed house and a hostile environment, in a big-game setting, then our rivalry against BYU, in our last game of the year, on the road,” Whittingham said. “So he’s had some tests already that he’s handled very well.”
The Utes (9-3) were routed, 55-28, at TCU in Wynn’s second start, and lost 26-23 in overtime to BYU in his most recent game.