During the memorable 2021 campaign, Rising proved himself. What’s in store for him, and the Utes, next fall?
Mitchell, who threw for nearly 9,000 yards and 69 touchdowns with the Utes in the late 1980s, has been impressed with Rising for a long time. And he has enormous expectations for Rising going into the 2022 season.
Rising transferred to Utah from Texas and redshirted in 2019. After earning the starting job for the truncated 2020 campaign, Rising suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the first half against USC.
Over the next several months, Rising rehabbed and kept working, even as the coaching staff brought in Brewer, a Baylor transfer, who enjoyed a perfect performance in the spring game.
When fall camp opened in August ahead of the 2021 season, Brewer and Rising staged a competitive battle for the starting job, which Brewer ultimately won. In some type of foreshadowing, Rising had already been named a team captain, which exemplified what his teammates thought about him.
Despite not winning the starting job, Rising didn’t sulk. He supported Brewer and his teammates.
“Most kids in our world today would transfer,” Mitchell said. “I think that it speaks to his mindset and it helped him when he played, that when things are tough, he’s not a guy that’s going to bail on you.”