Sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson had been coming into his own this season for the Utah Utes and was flashing some elite ability as one of the future stars of the Pac-12 conference. But after suffering a head injury against the Arizona State Sun Devils and started having headaches the next day, Wilson’s status was up in the air. He didn’t travel with the team to face the Oregon Ducks last Saturday and has now been ruled out the rest of the season with a potentially career-ending condition.
Wilson underwent concussion tests this week which revealed a pre-existing condition for Wilson that could prevent him from playing football ever again. Utah team doctor David Petron detailed the sophomore’s status in a statement:
“A preexisting condition was discovered after Travis Wilson underwent a CT scan to further evaluate the symptoms of a concussion. The findings on the CT scan led to an evaluation with an angiogram, which showed what appears to be a previous injury to an intracranial artery.
“We do not believe it is life threatening and there is a possibility he could play football in the future if it remains stable. It will be further evaluated with follow-up testing in approximately three months.”
Utah turned the offense over to Wilson last season when he was a true freshman after injuries depleted their quarterback depth. He was shaky to begin with but showed promise and appeared to be blossoming in the new spread offense that Utah put into effect this season. He finishes the year with 1,827 yards passing with 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions and also rushed for five touchdowns.
If Wilson is indeed done with football, it will be a disappointing end to a career that was just starting to take off. Head coach Kyle Whittingham has said that Wilson will remain close to the program while they find out the extent of his condition and will support him through the transition if he is done for good. The team has also expressed their support for Wilson through this tough time, with tight end Jake Murphy staying that the Utes would “really come around him and help him out in this situation.”
Everyone will undoubtedly be pulling for Wilson to make a full recovery and come back healthy in 2014 so that he can continue his promising young career. For 2013, Utah will use Adam Schulz as the starter the rest of the season (13-of-30, 181 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT vs Oregon) with freshman Connor Manning, who is redshirting as the No. 2. Manning, however, will not see playing time unless an emergency arises.