The Utah Utes took care of business in Week 1 with a hard-fought win over the Utah State Aggies and shifted their focus in Week 2 to not suffer a letdown against FCS Weber State. That mission was accomplished early as the Utes rolled to a blowout 70-7 victory and got a chance to empty their bench thanks to a great effort from quarterback Travis Wilson. Is the sophomore signal caller developing into a leader and playmaker for the Utah program?
Following up on his 300-yard performance last week, Wilson was surgical in just one half of work. He finished the day completing 14 of 19 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns. To add to his bag of tricks, Wilson also showed he can make plays with his legs, rushing for 93 yards and another pair of touchdowns on the ground. His 357 total yards were more than Weber State was able to put together on the entire game.
More importantly than the numbers, however, is his emergence as an offensive leader for Utah. When Dennis Erickson joined the staff, it was assumed that Wilson would get more of an opportunity in the offensive gameplan, but nobody could predict how well he’s stepped into that role during the first two games. If the Utes hope to turn their fortunes around and contend in the Pac 12, they need that kind of leadership to lean on.
For many years under Kyle Whittingham, the Utes’ offensive identity was their running game. But with the departure of John White, there has been a void of production in the Utah backfield. Kelvin York was supposed to be the man to step up and pick up the slack, but he has not been impressive in the first two games, rushing just 10 times for 30 yards in Week 1, with no touches in the second half, and only four carries for 23 yards this week.
Wilson appears ready to step up into that leadership void on offense. If he can continue his playmaking ways throughout the season, the Utes may just have the leader they need to get them into the conversation in the Pac 12.