The Utah Utes are trying to gain some traction in the Pac-12 in 2014 and will have a familiar face to help get them there. Quarterback Travis Wilson made a return to the lineup after a medical scare ended his 2013 season prematurely only to get thrown into an open competition for the quarterback job this fall. Wilson’s experience ultimately secured him the spot over Oklahoma Sooners transfer Kendal Thompson to provide some much-needed stability to the Utes this fall.
Wilson has started 16 games for the Utah offense over the last two seasons, including nine last year before getting a concussion. He finished the year with 1,827 yards passing with 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions as he suffered through some major ups and downs during his sophomore campaign. His high-point came in leading the Utes to an upset win over the Stanford Cardinal with 234 yards passing and two touchdowns. But the lows were pretty tough to watch, including his six interceptions against the UCLA Bruins.
Part of the problem that has plagued Utah in recent years has been the inability to keep a single quarterback under center. Injuries have been a major issue for the Utes’ signal callers and it has prevented the team from building any consistency in their offense from year to year (and sometimes week to week). Getting Wilson back 100 percent healthy will be huge for the Utah offense in 2014 as they look to build some consistency in the passing game and utilize the talents of gifted receivers like Dres Anderson.
Travis Wilson was in danger of never playing football again last fall but has made his return to the starting lineup for Utah in 2014. Can he provide the stability they need under center and lead the Utes to some long-overdue success in the Pac-12?