Utah QB Travis Wilson out for season after concussion

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Travis Wilson's career may be in jeopardy. (USATSI)
Travis Wilson's career may be in jeopardy. (USATSI)
Utah sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson will miss the remainder of the 2013 season -- and possibly the rest of his Ute career -- after post-concussion testing revealed what a press release called a "pre-existing condition."

At a Monday press conference, Kyle Whittingham declined to specify the condition, but said it "could be career-ending" and may have the potential to be life-threatening if Wilson continues to play football. A final determination on Wilson's long-term status could be months in the future, Whittingham said.

"I'm not a doctor and I wouldn't want to screw it up," Whittingham said, per the Salt Lake Tribune. "It's a head trauma, pre-existing. And I'm not even sure it's trauma, it could be genetic ...

"We're going to miss him, but the most important thing right now is his long-term health, and that's all anyone is concerned with."

Wilson suffered a concussion in the first quarter of the Utes' 20-19 loss to Arizona State Nov. 9, but did not exhibit symptoms until the following day. According to Whittingham, an angiogram performed during the concussion diagnosis revealed the condition.

Wilson's season ends with 1,827 passing yards, a 7.7 yards per-attempt mark, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Wilson hit 23-of-34 for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Utes' Oct. 12 upset of Stanford. The injury will end Wilson's streak of appearing in all 21 games of his Ute career.

 
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