Utah football’s official Twitter account shared the below image of team workouts. Note the Ute on the right is quarterback Travis Wilson.
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) July 18, 2014
Wilson faced a rash of injuries in 2013, including a concussion late in the season. Concussion tests revealed a preexisting injury to an artery that supplies blood to the brain. The injury could have been career-threatening, and Wilson only received full medical clearance late last month.
It’s evident that in the time he was sidelined from contact drills, Travis Wilson hit the weights. Hard.
Ironically, one of the criticisms of Wilson when he arrived at Utah as 4-star recruit from San Clemente, California, was his size at 6’6″ and just over 200 pounds.
Now, Wilson’s UtahUtes.com bio lists him at 6’7″, 240 pounds. Some perspective: former Oregon Ducks defensive end and first-round NFL draft pick Dion Jordan was listed at 6’6″, 248 pounds in his final collegiate season.
How the muscle will impact Wilson’s game could play a critical role in Utah’s impending quarterback competition. His surprising mobility out of the pocket added a dimension to the Utes’ offense not seen since a pre-injury Brian Johnson, and that scrambling ability fits new offensive coordinator Dave Christensen’s philosophy.
Wilson must fend off Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson to regain the starting job. That battle will unfold in the coming weeks and as of now, there’s no reason to declare a clear frontrunner.
One thing is certain, however. If college football debuts a swimsuit competition in 2014, Travis Wilson is your odds-on favorite.