The Utah Utes haven’t had a lot of luck keeping quarterbacks healthy enough for them to reach full potential. However, on Tuesday the Utes announced quarterback Travis Wilson has been medically cleared to participate in football activities.
Wilson started nine games for the Utes in 2013, but missed the final three games after suffering a concussion against Arizona State. It was determined Wilson had a neurological condition that needed treatment, and it was thought the condition could jeopardize his career.
“I’m happy I’ve been cleared to play again,” said Wilson in the schools press release. “My condition is stable and the neurosurgeon predicted it will remain stable in the future. I had a feeling nothing would change from the previous scan, so I’ve been working to get back into shape. I feel totally comfortable about returning to football and full contact. I believe I’ve been playing with this condition for awhile and never even knew about it. I’m going to keep playing just the way I’ve always played. I knew something positive would come out of the whole thing.”
As a sophomore, Wilson completed 56.1 percent of his passes for 1,827 yards and 16 touchdowns, but he was intercepted 16 times as well. It wasn’t always great from the quarterback, but there were glimmers of hope in his first season as a starter.
He completed just over 60 percent of his passes for 300-plus yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening win over Utah State, but had a low point in a loss to No. 16-ranked UCLA. In the loss he completed just 50.6 percent of his passes and threw six interceptions.
The Utes finished last season 5-7 and will need improvement from Wilson to be able to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2011.