Utah Utes football: Sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson insists he's still ready to go

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  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Aug. 14, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    It never hurts to have more than one QB ready when you have to face good teams every week. Playing Wilson last year gave him some good experience against the league. He is pretty serviceable considering he is only a second year player. Cut him some slack.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 14, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    Real Bass
    Idaho Falls, ID

    Please no more injuries at Utah universities!

    Too late! Jarell Oliver and Stevie Tu'ikolovatu out for the season with foot injuries.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Aug. 14, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    How much different is the offense going to be with DE on board?

    It's always tough for a QB to have to learn a new offense. Experience at the QB position is most accurately measured by how long you've been running the same scheme in game action, not how long you've been playing the position.

    I expect they'll be an adjustment period for Hill with a new OC and new system in Provo (and their schedule is front loaded, so he'll have to try to work things out early against some of their tougher opponents).

    If DE makes significant changes to Utah's offense, Wilson will no doubt have an adjustment period as well.

    Best of luck to both of them.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 14, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    Please no more injuries at Utah universities!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 14, 2013 10:54 a.m.

    Did Striker use the word "arrogance" when describing Wilson? That is funny. Wilson is one of the most humble kids you will meet. Save the word "arrogant" for Johnny Football and for Jake Heaps. Don't confuse competitive for arrogance. I'm sure Taysom Hill would have said and wanted the same thing, and I get the impression he is far from arrogant.

    Go Utes! Let little brother spin away!

  • BigUtahFan BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Aug. 14, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    Judging Wilson off his true freshman year is ridiculous. Everybody calm down and give him another year.He's still growing and maturing. Once he learns the offense and can read defenses better then he'll be a great QB. If our O-line is going to be a strength then watch out.

    We're also just 2 weeks into practice and the media hasn't even seen TW through so how do any of you know how well he is doing.

    It's going to be a fun year. GO UTES!

  • raisedaute Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 14, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    Haha got to love all the armchair QB coaches we have on here. Travis Wilson will be just fine as you will see in just a few weeks. Do any of you think that the possibility of him being thrown into the mix as a true freshmen against UCLA and the rest of the PAC games added to the fact he had an Oline with many injuries, John White hurt for much of the year and a brand new OC with little experience had anything at all to do with his performance last year. SMH

  • RedUtes08 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 14, 2013 7:58 a.m.


    I'm guessing you never strapped on pads and ran out into the field before. Why is he arrorgant for wanting to continue to compete and earn his spot as starting quarterback. I would be questioning him if he wasn't wanting to fight to stay on the field.

    I'd rather have a tough competitive Kid than have a QB who is scared to get back on the field after a little knick on the ankle.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Aug. 14, 2013 5:29 a.m.

    He's sounding like Kobe Bryant. His arrogance by trying to play with an injury can cost a team and make an injury worse. Let a minor injury heal so you don't cost yourself the season or many weeks out. Players need to be smart and not heros when it comes to injuries.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2013 1:54 a.m.

    Travis Wilson's arm looks a lot stronger this year and you can tell he is starting to fill out that huge frame. From what I have seen TW no longer looks like a baby giraffe but rather a big, athletic, strong armed qb that can make a lot of different throws and can move inside and outside of the pocket. Very encouraged.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2013 11:57 p.m.

    After watching Wilson the last year and a half, I haven't been impressed with him either. The difference when comparing Riley Nelson is that he had little skills but a big heart and determined soul (but Bronco's pet). Wilson on the other hand looks to have some tools, at least with those football evaluation types who love tall QBs.

    However now, with pocket passer labels fading in college football, these small forward replica build QBs better have leadership if they are to run around gawky and tall.

    I see leadership missing from Wilson. And I am not sure Wilson has the determination, or the ability to make decisions running around looking for the nearest dink and dunk option.

    After shoulder surgery(s), Wynn was used as a dump off route QB. Good or bad, Wilson mobilizes the pocket, but for what? Fast break dinks, screens, and shot put lobs. Have you seen the latter?

    Wilson stands tall but his release is small. He can run, but mostly in one direction (lacking elusiveness). He throws on the move, but again, a negative arises with a weak arm. It looks woefully obvious that Wilson will struggle if not a leader.

  • steeleute Sandy, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 11:15 p.m.

    Hank jr:

    You must have not watched the spring game, Wilson outplayed Schultz by a couple miles.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 13, 2013 9:37 p.m.

    Hank Jr--

    No elaboration on your take of TW/AS? Please enlighten us all....Thanks in advance!

  • Hank Jr Draper, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 6:49 p.m.

    I've never been impressed by Travis Wilson. I hope the Utes start Adam Schultz and don't make the same mistake BYU did with starting Riley Nelson.