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Utah Utes football notebook: Starting quarterback Travis Wilson's status is uncertain

Published: Sunday, Oct. 20 2013 6:00 p.m. MDT

Utah's quarterback Travis Wilson (7) hands the ball off in the backfield against Arizona in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Tucson, Ariz. (JOHN MILLER, AP) Utah's quarterback Travis Wilson (7) hands the ball off in the backfield against Arizona in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Tucson, Ariz. (JOHN MILLER, AP)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Utah quarterback Travis Wilson’s status is uncertain after the sophomore left Saturday’s 35-24 loss to Arizona late in the second quarter and did not return because of an unspecified hand injury.

“He wasn’t able to finish the game,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. “Right now there’s a lot of unknowns and we’ll just have to see how he progresses next week.”

Whittingham declined to comment when asked to specify Wilson’s injury.

“No, we don’t even address that,” he said.

The coach did, however, discuss the possibility of backup Adam Schulz starting at USC on Saturday. Whittingham expressed confidence in the sophomore, who came off the bench and threw for 142 yards and a touchdown with no turnovers in place of Wilson.

“He put up some good numbers tonight for a little over a half of football,” Whittingham said. “So he did some good things.”

If the Utes end up going with Schulz, Whittingham added, then he’s going to have to produce.

Schulz vows to be prepared.

“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “You have to be ready.”

And Schulz expects nothing less from his team. He said that they’ve worked too hard to do anything other than that.

“As an offense, we have all the trust in the world in Adam. He’s a great player and we all know what he can do and what he’s capable of,” said wide receiver Sean Fitzgerald. “Really there wasn’t a second thought about ‘Oh no, what do we do now?’ It’s like ‘let’s just move forward’ and I’m proud of him. He played a good game. He fought hard and if he needs to go next week then that’s great. We’ll be ready to go and he’ll be ready, too.”

As for a backup to Schulz, it may require pulling a true freshman — Brandon Cox or Conner Manning — out of an apparent redshirt year.

“We may have to do that. We’ll cross that bridge when we have to,” Whittingham said before shifting his focus back to the big picture. “But right now we’ve just got to understand you’ve got to play your best football from start to finish every single week in this league.”

TACKLING TECHNIQUE: Utah defensive end Trevor Reilly was complimentary of Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey, who finished with 236 yards and a late touchdown that sealed the outcome.

“You’ve really got to make sure you rap and roll with that guy because he will not go down after first contact,” Reilly said. “He’s one of those backs.”

EXTRA POINTS: Kicker Andy Phillips missed two field goals. The freshman entered the game 11-for-11 in his career. … Arizona defensive lineman Sione Tuihalamaka said that Wilson and Schulz “were both good quarterbacks.” … Reilly and Jared Norris led Utah with 14 tackles apiece. Reilly also had three tackles-for-loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery. … Lucky Radley topped the Utes with 56 yards rushing. … Bubba Poole had a team-high four receptions.

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