Utah Utes football: Travis Wilson emerging as a dual-threat quarterback

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  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2012 10:36 p.m.


    "Any verifiable sources?"

    See article entitled "Jordan Wynn's starting job not 'set in stone'" published less than four hours after my comments.

    Looks like Whittingham is already sending up smoke signals that Wynn's starting job is in doubt.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 8:51 p.m.

    Just the FAX

    Any verifiable sources? For the past two seasons its been "a full-blown QB controversy."

    Last season Wynn's health problems were covered up by him and the coaches. Never mind any confidence issues, you either can or you can't throw a ball like you used to. Are we going to be lied to again? I suppose we will know soon enough.

    It's another needles and pins fall camp with a couple of weeks to go.

    I would not be surprised if what you're saying is true. Deja vu, but maybe Wilson could be a game changer.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    We're already starting to hear rubblings from RES that Wilson could replace Wynn sooner than later. In fact, it wouldn't be a bit surprising to see Wilson getting significant playing time in Utah's opening game.

    Wynn's throwing shoulder still isn't back to where it was before surgery and he still can't throw the deep ball with any velocity, making deep outs extremely risky.

    The big issue for Whittingham is if he starts giving Wilson significant reps in camp to prepare him "just in case", he could destroy Wynn's confidence and create a full-blown QB controversy.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 6:08 p.m.

    I have two thoughts on this. One is that if wilson is all that then why wait? Start him now and get as many years as they can get out of him.

    Two is that regardless of talent wilson is still a freshman and despite wynn's lackluster career wynn is probably the ute's best option for now.

    But if wilson is really that good then UU32 is probably correct, it is just a matter of time before he replaces wynn.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    My personal opinion is that the coaches see more talent in Wilson than they do in Wynn, but since Wynn has the experience and knowledge of the offense he has a head start. Once Wilson has command of the offense, he will be the guy and Wynn will back him up. The only real question is if a Wynn injury will cause the change, or if it will be Wilson's talent that wins the day.

  • SoCalUtahFan Irvine, CA
    Aug. 12, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    Utes look good at the QB position.
    But I still hope Wynn to remain healthy for the whole
    regular season + Rose Bowl (oops! thinking
    out loud again...:)

  • Proud Ute ,
    Aug. 11, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    I look forward to him getting some game time and seeing how he does. Personally always a fan of the big QB staying strong in the pocket but nice he has some wheels when he has to.

    That idea of having a Sr. back-up with 9 career pass attempts and pulling a Jr. QB off the special teams when your "gun-slinging" savior has an epic fail is just plain funny.

    Despite all that, props to Riley for keeping the games interesting.

  • ExDixieIte Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 11, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    I think a lot of it depends on Wynn's health. If Wynn stays healthy he'll be the man in 12 and 13. Wilson will start a RS Soph in 14, Jr in 15 while Hansen is a rs Frosh,, Wilson is a Sr in 16, Hansen starts in 17 as a Jr.

    On the other hand if Wynn gets hurt this year or next I think you'll see Wilson get experience as a Freshman this year and likely will get the keys to the car next year while Wynn works on his MBA heading for a long and successful business or coaching career.

    On the other, other hand given the exposure of the PAC-12 and if Utah sees success in the PAC-12 you may see the Utes land a QB recruit that outshines Wynn, Wilson and Hansen between now and then. That's a long time to look ahead.

    Aug. 10, 2012 10:10 p.m.

    CFIT, it's tough to say. Originally, it sounded like Chase would be involved in the offense this year and Wilson would be somewhere as a backup, but with Hansen taking his redshirt now, I'm sure they don't want to have a logjam in 2/3 years time of QBs who could more than adequately play the position for them. While there is often enough balls to go around for 2 or 3 RBs and 3-5 receivers, there is very rarely enough to go around for 2 QBs.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 10, 2012 8:49 p.m.

    Will Wilson play or redshirt this year?

    Aug. 10, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    At 6' 6" in high school he was probably bigger than most of the defenders. I love his attitude but he needs to learn not to take those chances again PAC 12 teams.

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Aug. 10, 2012 5:22 p.m.

    I can't wait to see this kid play! Go Utes!!