UTAH: No. 1 quarterback in the spring will go into fall camp as the co-favorite to win the starting job ... 2-0 as the starter (wins over BYU and Georgia Tech in the Emerald Bowl) ... good downfield thrower and decision maker can also hurt teams with his running ... has deceptive speed ... extremely confident and poised under pressure.
2005-Led Utah to its two biggest victories of the season after assuming the starting job in game 11 ... in his first game as the starter, he led Utah to an upset victory over BYU in overtime ... second win came against Georgia Tech in the Emerald Bowl ... named MWC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against BYU, completing 17-of-32 passes for 240 yards and 4 TDs, while rushing for 112 yards (5.9 average) and a score ... set Emerald Bowl and Utah bowl records for completions (30), passing yards (381) and touchdowns (4) against Georgia Tech ... completed 73% of his passes against Georgia Tech (30-41) ... in his two games as the starter, he was 47-73 (64.4%) for 621 yards (310.5 average), 8 touchdowns and just 1 turnover (an interception) ... season passing stats for five games: 48-of-77 for 642 yards and 8 TDs (2 interceptions) ... season rushing stats: 22 carries for 101 yards (4.6 average) and 1 TD ... in the 3 games he saw action as the backup, he was 1-of-4 passing for 21 yards and an interception (0-1 vs. Utah State, 0-0 vs. Wyoming, 1-3 for 21 yards and 1 interception vs. New Mexico).
PRIOR TO UTAH: All-conference in 2004 ... set Butte College career touchdown record (41) ... MVP of 2003 Tri-Counties Bank Holiday Bowl, which Butte won ... also played in 2004 bowl game ... attended high school at Chico High (Calif.) ... all-conference ... Chico HS team captain and Offensive Player of the Year ... set school records for average passing yards per game (249.0) and single-game attempts (56) and completions (36) ... Chico High was conference champ in 1999 and 2000
PERSONAL: Son of Gaylon and Karen Ratliff ... married to the former Shailey Christensen ... father played football and ran track for Cal Poly Pomona ... sociology major ... sociology major ... nickname is Ratty ... born Aug. 8, 1985.
YEAR G/GS ATT CMP IT PCT YDS TD LONG 2005 5/2 77 48 2 62.3 642 8 48