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Utah football: Travis Wilson vows to be ready to play on Saturday

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    I thought Shulz looked pretty good. I know they coaches have picked Wilson for a reason, but I sort of would like to see Shulz for a whole game.

    USC has had 4-5 guys go down the last 2 weeks, including Marquis Lee who re-aggravated his knee injury. I think I read they only have one scholarship tight end available. Needless to say, their injuries are worse than ours are right now.

    This win would put us right back on track. We missed a field goal for the win the last time we played them. I think Phillips puts it through this time for the win.

    Utah 27
    USC 24

    Go Utes!

  • Hawk Littleton, CO
    Oct. 23, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    Well, Travis is a tough kid and determined to play and you've got to love his attitude. Hope he can pull it off. Riley Nelson showed us last year that grit and determination are great personal traits, but not always best for the team. I'm sure KWhit and the staff will go with whomever gives them the best chance to win....

  • hamrdown OREM, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    Chris, please get your facts straight. Utah missed a field goal the last time they played USC in California which would have tied the game - not won the game. The score was 17-14 and USC blocked the field goal and ran it back for the final score of 23-14 (no extra point attempted.

    You are sounding like a BYU fan when you say it was "for the win".

  • SportsCenter Olympus Cove, Utah
    Oct. 23, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    Tough choices for the Utes:

    --a starter who may not be anywhere close to 100% and who had a miserable 3-9 for 15 yards, 1 TD, and 2 interceptions in his last game

    or

    --a backup who has only attempted 30 passes in his entire college career

    After the Jordan Wynn fiasco, it's hard to believe anything Whittingham says concerning the health of his quarterbacks.

    Add to that, the pressure of playing USC in the Coliseum and you've got the potential for an ugly meltdown.

  • RSLfanalways West Valley, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    I think Shulz would be the best option. Wilson's hand has been bad for awhile and needs rest. USC defense is good, so it could be a little dangerous for Wilson and his hand.

  • Abefroman22 Farmington, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    BYU fans...It's so funny to see how unrealistic they are. On another article someone left a comment about how BYU is the best team in the state. Well, if only there was a way that they could all play each other...oh wait, they did 20-13. BYU has improved, but don't get ahead of yourselves kittens. You have one good win this year (Texas). Middle Tennessee, Georgia Tech (Mediocre at best), Houston (who has not played anybody but BYU) and you were lucky to win by a point. The strenght of schedule for the U is 4th in the nation, yet we have not been blown out in any game. Key wins over Utah State (with Keeton), BYU (You are good enough to be a key win), #5 Stanford. There is no doubt who the best team is. They settled that a few weeks ago when they played.

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Wilson's attitude rocks. This is football. Everybody's banged up. He's a big kid, and not being in the game to give his team a chance killed him last week. He'll come out with fire in his belly, and give the fans at the Coliseum their money's worth and then some!

    Go TW! Go Utes!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    I honestly think Schultz gives Utah a better chance in this game. Against Arizona I thought Schultz handled himself really well, and imagine how much better he would be getting the majority of snaps in practice. The question isn't whether Wilson is the better QB, he is, and has shown he is throughout the season...the question is, is he the best QB when he's injured vs a healthy Schultz? I think the utes should go with Schultz in this one. USC is a good defense and you need a QB who can throw with confidence.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    The Utes need to win this game very badly. After Stanford I expected the Utes, who are better than Arizona to win. Wilson was awful, plain awful in throwing almost as many interceptions as he did completions. It was apparent he couldn't throw down field accurately. If Wilson plays, the play calling will likely reflect that. USC wasn't able to move the ball last week either. I expect it will be a low scoring affair with USC on top by 3 or less, 13-10.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Samurai Jake

    Wilson's attitude isn't the issue. It's great to have a positive attitude and fire in his belly, but if he can't grip the football, he can't be an effective quarterback.

    If Wilson starts and USC notices he can't throw an accurate pass more than 10 yards, the Trojans will simply stack the box and force Wilson to throw long, which, as we saw last week, could be a disaster for the Utes.

  • Abefroman22 Farmington, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    @Rational

    I love rational BYU and Utah fans alike. I am a huge Utah fan, but I sincerely hope that BYU does well in each and every game beside the matchup agains Utah. It does nothing for either team to hope that the other side loses. This only cause schedules to look weaker as the season progresses.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    Abefroman22:
    "It does nothing for either team to hope that the other side loses. This only cause schedules to look weaker as the season progresses".

    Amen brother. Luckily there are many Ute and Cougar fans that get it! Well said. Now if only Chris B would get it lol. Cheering against BYU and having them look bad only minimizes Utah's victory over them, and cheering against Utah and hoping they look bad only makes my Cougar's loss to them look worse. You can do it, Chris! Cheer for them Cougars! Haha

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 23, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    Let me guess - if Utah beats USC - it will be a "signature win."

  • Lloyd Christmas Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    chris b: "This win would put us right back on track."

    Oh goody, I thought the Rose Bowl was out of the question again this year. But you're saying there's a chance! YES!

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    @ed grody

    And what was byu's signature win? Against an uninspired Texas team who didn't want to be here? Against an over-rated Houston team by 1 point? Or against their rivals, the Utes? Oh wait. They lost to that team again for the 4th time in a row.

    Oh we'll. Keep trying.

  • mecham22 SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    Sure hope he is 100% because whatever percent he was at the start of the Arizona game wasn't nearly good enough. He played awful and has really had a rough go the since he hurt his hand. He has some real ability as displayed at the start of the year. Utah needs him to be at the level to continue to compete. Good luck this week
    Go Utes

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    "an uninspired Texas team who didn't want to be here"

    Quite an indictment for a legendary power conference program full of 5 star recruits and a legendary coach! Comical how some delusional Ute fans boldly proclaim in one article that even the Vanderbilt's of the power conferences tower over lowly non-big boy teams, then in the next article claim that one of the mightiest of the mighty is "uninspired" and doesn't "want to be here"

    Although that description is pretty close to the Alabama team you beat in the Sugar bowl. Funny how a silly statement like that comes back to bite you sometimes, isn't it?

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    Ufan

    I'm glad we cheer for the same team, but the negative undertone from your post perplexes me. You're already assuming Wilson won't be able to throw by game time. That has yet to be determined. So why speculate on negative outcomes that haven't even taken place yet, and likely won't take place when Travis is ready to go by Saturday afternoon?

    Remember: the glass is always 100% full...!

    Let's rally behind Wilson. We haven't enjoyed this much exciting Utes football for years.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    gored

    "And what was BYU's signature win? Against an uninspired Texas team who didn't want to be here?"

    Who said Texas was uninspired and didn't want to be in Provo?

    Name one source, or just admit that you're simply making stuff up to help you sleep at night.

    Bottom line: Travis has been trending down for the last four games. Even if he's 100% healthy (extremely doubtful), the Utes might be better off starting an untested quarterback with only 30 career passes against the Trojans.

  • TanMan_101 West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    To all the BYU fans who still don't think Travis Wilson is any good: He certainly carved up your secondary, while Taysom Hill was attempting to complete passes to Greg Wrubell all the way up in the press box.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Oct. 23, 2013 4:17 p.m.

    If Wilson is not 100%, he needs to do the right thing and let Schultz run the offense. Wilson's pick 6 was very costly against Arizona.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    SpokaneUte:
    I completely agree. I love gutsy players that want to tough it out as much as the next guy, but there comes a point where they have to decide between gutting it out and what's ultimately best for the team (see Riley Nelson, 2012). I think a healthy Schultz gives Utah a better shot than an unhealthy Wilson dealing with a finger on his throwing hand. That's like going into a gunfight not knowing if your firing mechanism is working at 100%...dangerous proposition. Of course none of us really know how healthy Wilson really is, but if he's not really 100%, it behooves the utes to start the guy who is.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Oct. 23, 2013 8:36 p.m.

    Wilson and Schultz are both really good. You don't lose much when Schultz is in there. Wilson is better - hope his hand is truly healed, it was obvious it has been bothering him for a while.

  • Hailstorm is a coming Riverdale, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 9:28 p.m.

    I would make sure that Wilson takes good care of his hand and it is at least 100% on that throwing hand, them by all means let him start the game.If not then Schulz looked confident, remember that threw that long touchdown pass right on the money to Anderson? If there is ANY doubt alt all about Wisons hand then give Adam Schulz the chance to play a full game. The kicking game and defensive units have kept us in the game in the past. I really like the odd couple of Phillips and Hackett in our kicking game. If they have excellent performances then the Utes might just pull this one out.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 23, 2013 11:29 p.m.

    I think Shultz did okay last game. I hoping he's getting more reps this week even if Wilson can play.

    The critical issue regardless of QB is TOs. We have 11 INTs in 4 PAC-12 games: OSU 3 L, UCLA 6 L, Stanford 0 W, Arizona 2 L.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    Comparing two mid-level sophomore QBs' NFL potential is an exercise in futility. This argument at this point in each of their young careers is pointless.

  • Don't Feed the Trolls Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    @GoRed
    WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    @ed grody

    "And what was byu's signature win? Against an uninspired Texas team who didn't want to be here?"

    I think you are confusing 2013 Texas with Sugar Bowl Alabama