Kyle Whittingham: '(Travis Wilson) was in bed the whole game day leading up to the UCLA game'

Full transcript, video and audio of Utah football's Monday press conference

Published: Monday, Oct. 7 2013 3:55 p.m. MDT

Kyle Whittingham press conference, 10/07/13, prior to Stanford

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham addressed the media prior to Saturday night's game against the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal.

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Don't have time to watch the video? Here's the audio.

Here is a full transcription of today's press conference.

Kyle Whittingham (KW): OK, there were a lot of positives in the UCLA game, except obviously we weren't able to overcome the six turnovers, and that was the real storyline of the game. I don't think I've ever been a part of a game where we turned it over six times and won, so that's something that was our biggest liability on Thursday night.

Our guys played hard — did some good things particularly on defense. I'm proud of the way the defense hung in there in the second half. The sudden-change defense was very good. With the amount of turnovers that we had, we should have given up more points, but I'm really pleased with the way the defense responded in those situations.

We're looking forward to Stanford — heck of a football team. They're physical— probably the most physical team in the conference. They're a very balanced team, offensively — 50 percent run, 50 percent throw. They're doing a nice job defensively, as usual. They've been good on defense for a lot of years now, but just like I said last week with UCLA, these guys are very deserving of their No. 5 ranking.

They had a tough game against Washington and pulled it out. Washington statistically beat them up, but not in the final score, which obviously is all that matters.

We're looking forward to another opportunity on Saturday, another home game, and we're looking forward to another packed house and a rowdy crowd at Rice-Eccles.


Reporter: Liz (Abel, Utah athletic communications director,) just said Travis (Wilson) isn't here because he's sick. I know that it was mentioned that he was sick in that game. Can you kind of expand on that a little, how he's feeling and where he's at?

KW: He's not feeling good. He was in bed the whole game day leading up to that game. He got sick, actually, the night before that, and hasn't gotten over it yet. He's under medical care, obviously, and they gave him, from what I understand, a new dose of some different antibiotics to try and get rid of this thing.

He should be OK. He should be at practice later today, hopefully, but he's been pretty bad for the last few days.

Reporter: When you look at Kevin Hogan, the Stanford quarterback, where does he stand as far as guys that you've seen and maybe some quarterbacks you've compared around the Pac-12?

KW: Well, he's a lot like (UCLA quarterback Brett) Hundley in his stature — he's a little bit bigger, 6-4, 230-ish. He runs the ball very effectively. He's up in the top half of the league in pass efficiency. He's another dual-threat guy just like almost everybody in this conference is. There are a few exceptions, but the weeks you play a guy that's not a dual threat. … It's not very often anymore. It's almost every week where you've got a guy that can run and throw, and he's another one of those guys.

Reporter: Stanford's defense has been widely regarded as not just one of the best of the Pac-12, but one of the best in the country, especially their front seven. Do they do anything exotic, or are they pretty straightforward with their defensive looks?

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