Utah QB Travis Wilson's whole mindset changed after being given 2nd opportunity to play

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  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    Big Coug I hope you don't mean physical shape because looking at some pics of Wilson recently and video at the Elite 11 QB camp dude looks jacked and his throwing mechanic looks a lot better from even earlier in the season last year. Wilson is going to surprise a lot of people if the line can give him a half-way decent pocket to throw within.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:35 p.m.

    “Interesting battle. Travis is looking really good. Kendal is making some plays,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said after Tuesday’s practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium. “The other guys that are getting their reps are making the most of them — Brandon Cox, Conner Manning, (Adam) Schulz.”


    I think Kyle has learned his lesson about over-hyping his QB situation and is avoiding the whole "our QB situation is in the upper echelon of Pac12 QB's" baloney.

    KT was mired down in the depth chart at Oklahoma and not seeing the field (64 yds passing for his career) and was getting leap-frogged by younger players for playing time, yet at Utah he's competing for a starting job and possibly could unseat the incumbent.

    That illustrates a pretty poignant fact, meanwhile nearly every other team in the Pac12 has a QB at their helm with NFL potential.

    Your best bet is to hope Wilson returns to form, gets in shape, stays healthy and stops being an interception machine.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Aug. 6, 2014 9:23 a.m.


    I think KT would be a fine starter at QB, but I just don't think 6-1/199 is a good size for a dual-threat QB. At 6-1/199 that makes him slightly smaller than...

    ...Jordan Wynn his final season at Utah.

    And how did THAT work out for us? Didn't he last only 1.5 games before being knocked out for the season.

    Chuckie Keeton is about the same size as KT, and is without a doubt, another fantastic dual-threat QB. But...look at how much time HE lasts on the field. Injuries cost him 5 games in 2011, and 8 in 2013 -- for an average of 4 lost games/season. And he plays in a smaller league.

    I think if KT winds up starting...it won't be long before Wilson/Manning see the field. Wilson would most likely be the most durable, and Manning, as a pro-style QB, isn't likely to be taking as many hits as the other 2 ahead of him.

    GO UTES!!!

  • Clinton Ute Clinton , UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 8:31 a.m.


    Totally agree with you on KT, I think he will be great in the red zone packages or certain situational plays. I personally hope that Brandon Cox passes Manning up in the QB standings. I think (more like I hope haha) that he could end up being something real special in the future. I have only gotten to see him throw with my own eyes once in spring ball and besides an unlucky tipped ball that turned into an interception I thought he looked awesome. But some of the scouting videos of him on the internet throwing the long ball are amazing. Again just my opinion, I think that Manning is an awesome QB too and think when you throw Isom in there these QB battles are going to be an every season occurance for quite a few years!

    22 more days!

    GO UTES!!!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Aug. 6, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    "The team will vote on what version of the school fight song to use this season at a meeting Wednesday or Thursday night."

    This seems like an awfully trivial matter to be concerned with for a team that was just one OT game away from the postseason in each of these past two seasons. Hopefully, the team gets past this "conundrum" and quickly retains their focus on what is important.

    GO UTES!!!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 6, 2014 12:30 a.m.

    I think Kendall Thompson is listed #2 on the depth chart because Utah is going to use him as a situational QB with a package to run 5 to 10 times a game. Overall though, I think Conner Manning is better equipped to takeover as the QB if Wilson gets hurt. I don't know if the coaches see it that way. Thompson is the big name as an Oklahoma transfer but I don't think he has the full skill set to be a full time starter at QB in the PAC 12. He's got a hitch in his throwing motion. It produces the wobble duck. Sure he is a strong athlete and a option package might be his thing.