Great news today for Ute fans and Travis Wilson. The Junior received clearance today that he can return to full contact football and resume his career as a Ute.
Here is an excerpt from the press release:
A CT scan on June 20 revealed that the previous injury to an intracranial artery has remained stable since his last test in February. The injury was first discovered after Wilson suffered a concussion in a Nov. 9 game against Arizona State last fall.
"Obviously, it's great news that Travis has been medically cleared to play football again," said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. "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," said Wilson. "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."
Wilson is going into the fall as the incumbent starting quarterback for the Utes, and is listed as the front runner going into fall. However, Wilson will be challenged by a plethora of talented signal callers, like redshirt freshmen Conner Manning and Brandon Cox, Adam Schulz, true freshman Donovan Isom, and incoming Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson.
Wilson was able to participate in spring practices, although he was ruled out of contact drills. After his diagnosis in the fall, Wilson was completely out of commission football wise until spring, and the rust showed.
Fall camp opens on August 4th, where the battle for the starting quarterback job will truly kick off.