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Utah football: QB Travis Wilson back from injury, solid at first spring game

Utah quarterback Travis Wilson.
Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

After being sidelined with an injury to the intra-cranial artery in his brain, few expected Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson would return to even play football.

Wilson proved all his doubters wrong on Friday, April 4 coming back from what appeared to be a career-ending injury to throw for 182 yards and five touchdowns on 11-for-21 passing in the Utes first spring scrimmage.

Wilson fired two touchdown passes to Dres Anderson -- who finished with over 100 yards receiving, and newcomer, running back Marcus Sanders-Williams had 73 yards rushing for Utah’s offense.

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham told reporters he was impressed by Wilson’s outing -- but he cautioned the junior still has work to do.

"It was Travis' best day of the spring," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said in an interview with the Deseret News. "He was rusty when he started the spring. He wasn't allowed to do much of anything in the offseason, and he's still not quite where he was when he was hitting on all cylinders early in the season, but he's made a lot of progress."

Wilson watched his sophomore season -- and possibly career -- take a hit when he suffered an intra-cranial artery injury last fall during a game versus Arizona State, sidelining him for the rest of the season.

Since then, Ute coaches were so concerned with Wilson’s condition that for precautionary measures they brought in several quarterbacks -- including Kendal Thompson, a transfer from Oklahoma -- in case Wilson couldn't play.

But if Wilson had any rust on Friday, it didn’t show -- and it opened the door to what will be an interesting spring.

Though several key Ute players on defense sat out this one, there was enough good from Wilson in new offensive coordinator Dave Christensen’s up-tempo offense to make fans happy.

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