Utah Utes football: Travis Wilson medically cleared to resume his career

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  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    June 29, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    As for Utes football, this feels like Jordan Wynn, the sequel. Solid freshman campaign, injuries arise during Sophomore year. Try to battle back during Junior year, but ends up being more of a hindrance than contributor. Three years of trying to fill QB role squandered. Resigns from football during Senior year, and the cycle begins again.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    June 29, 2014 11:12 a.m.

    @ Chris B - "If you look at the offenses coach Christensen has proven he can lead. . . " Is this the same quote I've read the last four years? Change the name to Chow, Johnson and Ericksen and it's deja vu.

    As for Wilson, I'm happy his health has returned, but wish he would move on from football. It's one thing to rehab from an ACL, but this is a potentially life threatening issue. Thank the man upstairs for another chance, get your education, and contribute to society in some other way. Believe me, there are so many things in life that are more important than football.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    June 29, 2014 2:32 a.m.

    I see a lot of 'great news' comments here. It's great for Travis and his health unless he gets hurt again playing a violent game. Head and brain injuries/trauma and a return to football? Scary.

    Travis is at his best when he is a threat to run. The way he runs is with contact. Again, head trauma issues. Travis isn't as valuable if forced to limit the way he plays. He's not that good. On the flip side, if Wilson does play the way he plays, then cleared to play or not, he likely misses half the season with health issues anyway.

    Sound familiar? Jordan Wynn was cleared to play (four shoulder surgeries worth). Whittingham's QB decisions almost seem to gravitate towards the wounded. Sure there have been times when other options weren't there or a lack of recruiting at the QB position left the cupboard empty. But when there are multiple candidates who look relatively intriguing, you just knew that Wilson would eventually be cleared to play and Kyle would run with him to a place of job insecurity.

    Come fall, Whittingham will choose a QB with red flags on their health.

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    June 27, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    TW will come back stronger than he was prior to his throwing hand getting injured last season. Dres and K Scott are licking their chops at the bevy of long bombs coming their way. Ecstatic about the potential for greatness looming just months away...! BANZAI!!!

  • SEC Rules Seminole, FL
    June 26, 2014 1:36 p.m.

    This is the best news in Utah sports as of late, North or South.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2014 1:10 p.m.

    I hope Travis really is 100% healthy, but I certainly wouldn't want to be the doctor who cleared him to play if Travis suffers a serious head injury this coming season.

  • UtesRulePac12 Orem, UT
    June 25, 2014 6:42 p.m.

    I am glad that he is healthy. . . . . .but I also would like to point out that he has thrown 23 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in his career at the U. We are going to need much better production from this position. I hope he can produce better, but history more often than not is an indicator of future performance.

    Go Utes!

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    June 25, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    Wilson will be and should be the starter for Utah this year.

    I don't want to break in another rookie QB with no experience. Getting your hopes up for the latest freshman or transfer QB to save the program is just foolish because it never happens.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 25, 2014 1:48 p.m.

    San Diego, CA:

    "where are all the repeat comments by the ute fans? I'm happy he is able to play but I wonder if he sat last year when he really didn't have to? He did go from a life threatening head injury to where he can now play? Just wondering...."

    What?? I don't get your post! Please read the news reports about the actual events from last year and this year before you post things like that. The doctors found an anomaly in his brain which they were unsure of and could POSSIBLY be life threatening. It was not a current injury and they have no idea how long it was in his brain.

    A little knowledge goes a long way.

    Way to go Travis!! Glad to have you back and HEALTHY!!

    Go Utes!

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 25, 2014 1:03 p.m.

    Some good news for once!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 25, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    Great news! Utah started 4-2 before his injuries and 1-5 afterwards. We need a healthy Wilson but even more important is to have a legit set of PAC-12 QBs. Are Manning, Thompson, and Isom PAC-12 QBs?

    Personally, I would like to see Manning as the backup. Hope we blow out Idaho State 54-10 by halftime so that Manning sees some game time in the 2nd half.

    Go UTES!

  • KYUte Louisville, KY
    June 25, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    Travis Wilson is a good QB. He is most definitely deserving of the #1 spot going into camp. I hope KT gives him a run for his money, that will give us a good starter and quality back up. I'm not willing to put my hopes on an Oklahoma transfer, Tommy Grady was an Oklahoma QB transfer and he wasn't any good. We'll have to wait and see how it shakes out in camp.

    Last years issues were lack of receivers (other than Dres), O-line play and injuries.
    The receiver spot is better than last year with the return of Scott and Dres.
    The O-line play should be much improved, but is still my biggest question mark.
    As long as Travis stays healthy, we are bowling for sure.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    June 25, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    I'm glad Wilson is healthy, but I don't think he is the answer for Utah's QB position. I would like one of the new comers to rise up and take over the spot. We shall see.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    June 25, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    Oh for sure now we will win the PAC title game and the hiesman this year for sure now and also the rose bowl to without question like I have said before so it's forward and onward to more prestegous glory for us again like last year!

    Go write it down!

    Go Utes!

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    June 25, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    This is great news. His long term health is far more important than what he can accomplish on the field, but hopefully he will have a very successful season as a Utah football player.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    June 24, 2014 11:33 p.m.

    A fierce/epic QB-battle is about to ensue! Congratulations to TW!

  • ssute Herrima, UT
    June 24, 2014 11:01 p.m.

    Great news for TW for obvious reasons!

    My opinion, TW will probably be our starter. In the games that he was healthy, he was a freaking stud! Not like Oregon's Mariota, but could be classified as a GOOD P12 qb. If he stays healthy and can keep his confidence (a lot of his confidence will be built behind a good O-line, which i think has been upgraded this year). He has the most experience (starts, snaps, running an offence, etc) than anyone else. He's now an upper-classman, a leader, and primed to show us what he can do, each and every week!

    It's easy to get excited about the new KT coming in, gotta be cautious here, we REALLY don't know anything about him. No body of work to judge him by. Regardless, the competition is nothing but positive for Utah. It's nice to have several good options and backups, we haven't had this for a LONG time.

    Bottom line, i don't care who runs the show, i just want to win! I hope Whit and Christensen can evaluate and choose wisely!

    Go Utes!

  • USNGary San Diego, CA
    June 24, 2014 10:23 p.m.

    where are all the repeat comments by the ute fans? I'm happy he is able to play but I wonder if he sat last year when he really didn't have to? He did go from a life threatening head injury to where he can now play? Just wondering....

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    June 24, 2014 10:12 p.m.

    As a BYU fan I, of course, have to Hate Travis Wilsons guts! However, congratulations to a great Player and an even better young man. I pray all goes well for him the rest of his career.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 24, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    This is excellent news for this young man, I am very happy for him that it appears his health is fine.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    June 24, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    Stay healthy Travis. Best Wishes to you in dealing with it all.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 24, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    Great news for a good guy! Hopefully TW won't have any further issues with this.

    Chris B:
    Unfortunately Utah doesn't have the talent offensively that those Mizzou teams had under Christensen. PAC12 title game? You just don't know how to quit when it comes to wild predictions...which is why no one actually "marks them down". Luckily your Ute buddies like CO Ute are more realistic and less "frantic and emotional" than you are. I still think predicting Utah will go bowling is optimistic, but at least it's realistic.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    June 24, 2014 9:11 p.m.


    "Utah has no proven depth. It's basically a big gamble at the QB position."

    What is byu going to do if hill goes down?

  • ekute Layton, UT
    June 24, 2014 9:01 p.m.

    We haven't seen Thompson yet but he will have to do some amazing things to beat out Travis. It seems like a long time ago but he was very impressive before he hurt his hand. After completing 24 of 35 passes for 273 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions at les last year, he was awarded Athlon Sports National Offensive Player Of The Week. He passed for 279 yards and ran for 142 vs OSU.

    Way to go Travis. Congratulations on getting cleared to play.

    Here's hoping that this will be a special season for Travis and the Utes!

  • Sambonethegreat Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2014 8:12 p.m.

    It would be really cool if Travis could finish out his football career at the U with no further serious injuries, but I'm still a bit concerned. A good, hard hit could spell trouble for him.

    If Wilson goes down, Utah has no proven depth. It's basically a big gamble at the QB position.

    June 24, 2014 7:49 p.m.

    @nbhatch82 -Chris B didn't say a PAC 12 championship, he said to the title game. Now only UCLA, ASU, and USC need to self destruct for the Utes to get that far. My prediction is a bit more realistic. I think he will lead us bowl game in the next two years, which given the Utes schedule this year would be quite an accomplishment.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2014 7:30 p.m.

    Good for Wilson. I always admired the kids guts! Great competitor!

  • Hey Baby Franklin, IN
    June 24, 2014 6:00 p.m.

    Dixie State Trojans?

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    June 24, 2014 5:41 p.m.

    As a parent I would be happy for this report if my son had gone thru this ordeal.

    As to his decision to play and expose himself to further injury I would have serious reservations knowing the seriousness of his previous injury.

    Hard to get excited over this knowing there's a greater risk here.

    Good luck.

  • Fight On! St George, Utah
    June 24, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    Great news for Travis and for the Utah football team. I trust that this decision was made with extreme caution and complete confidence that Travis is safe going forward with this season.
    That being said, I have to believe this injury will effect the way that Wilson will play the QB position. And I would be very surprised if he made it through the entire season as Utah's starter.

    Honestly, it doesn't matter who the starter is. Utah will get no more than 4 or 5 wins and will be coach hunting by mid November. My Trojans will be the nail in the coffin.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2014 5:07 p.m.

    Great news for a decent kid. The problem is that with a terrible o line he will get hit a lot and we all know he cannot take a hard hit without being in trouble.

  • IRS Agent PROVO, UT
    June 24, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    Great news for Travis, bad news for Utah if they think he is the answer for them at QB. He has lacked the durability to last an entire season, and will end up causing them to waste valuable reps on someone who most likely won't be around to finish the season.

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 24, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    happy for Travis. I hope he is healthy the rest of his career, but christy come on. a Pac 12 championship in the next 2 years? maybe if UCLA Oregon USC Oregon St Stanford Washington Arizona and Arizona St somehow had huge infraction that disallowed them from winning a championship.

  • RSL* Why, AZ
    June 24, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    I am happy he is healthy, but I believe that someone else will be the QB for the Utes. And if this happens he will probably transfer to another school.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    June 24, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    I smell Roses!

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    June 24, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    Great news. I'm glad he's able to play. I would hate to have to change careers because of an injury.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2014 3:50 p.m.

    I'm happy for Travis, and not just for football. I'm sure he feels extremely relieved.

  • TXAfghanVet Dallas, TX
    June 24, 2014 3:41 p.m.

    Football is entertainment. The type of injury that this young man had can be life or death. I pray that the injury has healed to the point where this is no longer a concern. But as someone who watched Reggie Lewis get cleared to play and then have tragic results, I hope and pray that all goes well for Travis. Even though I'm a Cougar fan, I will still watch his career and hope for good things for him, both on and off the field. May he live a long, rewarding and healthy life.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    June 24, 2014 3:38 p.m.

    Football was a mere afterthought when news of his situation hit. As a die-hard Cougar fan I have been hoping and praying that Travis would be alright. Now that he is back to full-health and not having to face my team, I wish him the best of luck.

  • utesgoingdownthehill Salt Lake City , UT
    June 24, 2014 3:19 p.m.

    This great news! Good luck Travis.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    I said it when this kid started - before his career was up he'd lead us to the Pac 12 title game.

    2 years left and I still think we have a shot. If you look at the offenses coach Christensen has proven he can lead(even against power conference teams) we should be PUMPED about the possibilities this year. 35-40 points was the standard under Christensen.

    Go UTES!

  • JDL Magna, UT
    June 24, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    From a BYU fan, this is great news for Travis. I wish him well and though it's hard to say Utah too.

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    June 24, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    Probably the best news we could have received for Utah football this year.

    Without Wilson, Utah would have been in seriously big trouble this year.

    With Wilson, Utah is only in moderately big trouble.

    But he's the best QB on the team and we need him.

  • Idahotransplant West Jordan, UT
    June 24, 2014 2:37 p.m.

    If anything this will increase the competition and assist the QB's to play better as they compete one with another. This has to be a bit of a burden lifted off of the coaching staff.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    June 24, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    Good news - now transfer as fast as you can.

  • daviscoug Syracuse, UT
    June 24, 2014 2:33 p.m.

    This is fantastic news. Not because he is now able to play football, although that is excellent as well, but because he has been cleared medically. To know that you are safe and healthy is the most important thing, especially when dealing with injuries to the head area. Good luck to Wilson!

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    June 24, 2014 2:29 p.m.

    Great news! Football aside I'm just glad he's okay. Head injuries are always scary and can be especially debilitating. Now we just need him to be healthy throughout the entire season. If he stays healthy and the O-line can shape up and give him a few more seconds to throw I think that we can have a pretty mean passing game with Anderson and Scott.

  • Jefe-Ute SLC, UT
    June 24, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    Whether he continues to be the starter in fall or not, this is great news! We need depth and it's great to see TW cleared to play. I'm still waiting to see what KT brings to the table.

  • hamrdown OREM, UT
    June 24, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    Good news for him. Health is always a priority.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 24, 2014 2:05 p.m.

    It's nice to get some good medical news, for a change, about a Utah QB. Would that bad medical news takes a vacation for the rest of the year.