Utah Utes football: Travis Wilson medically cleared to resume his career
Ravell Call, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah quarterback Travis Wilson has been given clearance to continue his playing career.
The junior, who has not played in a game since an intracranial artery injury was diagnosed following a concussion in a loss to Arizona State on Nov. 9, was cleared by the medical staff following the results of a CT scan last week.
“Obviously, it’s great news that Travis has been medically cleared to play football again,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in a released statement. “Travis’ health was our number one concern and we’re relieved for him and his family that he is OK.”
Wilson was allowed to participate in non-contact drills in spring ball, however final clearance to resume his career was withheld until it was known that the intracranial artery injury had remained stable, which it has during tests from February to June.
“I’m happy I’ve been cleared to play again. My condition is stable and the neurosurgeon predicted it will remain stable in the future. I had a feeling nothing would change from the previous scan, so I’ve been working to get back into shape,” Wilson said in the announcement by the university. “I feel totally comfortable about returning to football and full contact. I believe I’ve been playing with this condition for a while and never even knew about it. I’m going to keep playing just the way I’ve always played. I knew something positive would come out of the whole thing.”
Wilson will enter fall camp as Utah’s No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart. In 21 games with the Utes, including 16 as the starter, he has completed 261 of 441 passes for 3,138 yards and 23 touchdowns.
When camp opens in August, Wilson will be challenged for the starting job by Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson, junior Adam Schulz, redshirt freshmen Conner Manning and Brandon Cox, as well as true freshman Donovan Isom.
“My mindset is to go in and do what I’m capable of doing. Those other guys are going to be competitive, not only Travis but the other group of quarterbacks as well,” Thompson told the Deseret News earlier this month. “Competition brings out the best in everyone. So I’m looking forward to the competition and just trying to come in and do what I can in order to elevate the level of the program.”
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