Utah got some welcome news on Tuesday, as junior quarterback Travis Wilson received medical clearance to continue playing football. Wilson suffered an injury to an intracranial artery as a result of a concussion during the team’s Nov. 9 game against Arizona State, but a CT scan from June 20 showed that the injury has remained stable since February.
"Obviously, it's great news that Travis has been medically cleared to play football again," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in a school release. "Travis' health was our number one concern and we're relieved for him and his family that he is OK."
"I'm happy I've been cleared to play again," Wilson said. "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 a while 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."
The Utes shook up their coaching staff after a largely disappointing 5-7 campaign in 2013, naming former Wyoming coach Dave Christensen offensive coordinator and moving former co-coordinators Dennis Erickson and Brian Johnson to running backs coach and quarterbacks coach, respectively. Utah lost five of its final six games after opening 4-2.
Wilson, who threw for 1,827 yards, rushed for 386 yards and finished with 21 total touchdowns and 16 interceptions last fall, will open camp as the number one quarterback on the depth chart. He’ll have to stave off competition from Kendal Thompson, who transferred from Oklahoma in February, among others.