Utah Names Travis Wilson Starter Vs. USC

Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham announced Tuesday that the team will reinstate Travis Wilson as their starting quarterback against No. 20 USC.

Wilson was originally replaced by Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson during the team’s win over UCLA.  Last Thursday, Thompson made his first start for the team and struggled against Oregon State, forcing Wilson to enter the game.  Whittingham reopened the quarterback competition during a mid-season off-week and this time around Wilson was the guy.

“We think Travis’ performance is a little bit better so far this season than Kendal overall,” Whittingham said. When you look at the numbers, it’s very close. It’s no different than when we came out of fall camp, with it being a tight race.”

Wilson has the slightly better numbers, completing 56.8 percent of his passes while also throwing for seven touchdowns compared to zero interceptions.  Still, Whittingham didn’t rule out the possibility that Thompson could see game action against the highly-rated Trojans, and more than likely both quarterbacks will have say in the eventual outcome.

“We’re waiting for some separation to occur,” Whittingham said. “Ideally we’d like some separation to occur, and one guy to take charge and settle in and be the guy, but that hasn’t happened yet, so they’re both going to get opportunities until that does happen.”

Utah enters the weekend ranked No. 19 in the nation and has a serious chance of making noise in the PAC-12.  The Utes face four Top-20 teams in their final five games with an opportunity to shake up college football on the horizon.

 

*Section Photo credit to George Frey, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Chris Nicoll, USA Today Sports.

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