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Travis Wilson, former Utah quarterback, hopes to play in Salt Lake again

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SALT LAKE CITY — Former University of Utah quarterback Travis Wilson might be playing at Rice Eccles Stadium again sometime soon, but with a different team. He was recently in Salt Lake City to work out with the Salt Lake Stallions, Utah’s new professional American football team.

Wilson played quarterback for the University of Utah from 2012-2015 where he recorded the most wins by a quarterback in school history. He later got a shot at playing tight end for the Los Angeles Rams but wasn’t picked up. Now, he hopes to come back to Utah and play for the Salt Lake Stallions.

(Travis Wilson talks with former teammates Tom Hackett and Andy Phillips about his switch to tight end on Special Forces Gang.) 

While in Salt Lake City, Wilson stopped by Helmets Off Podcast to talk with Scott Mitchell, another former Utah quarterback, about his possible future in Salt Lake with the Stallions as well as his past with the Utes.

Did Utah’s scheme fit Travis Wilson?

Mitchell started off by complimenting Wilson’s throwing ability. Noting that he went to a practice while Wilson was playing and saw him throwing the ball all over the field but he wondered where that was during games.

“I always felt the system you were playing in at Utah actually didn’t fit your strengths, is that a fair question?” Mitchell wondered.

Wilson said it was tough at times and that he would have loved to throw the ball “a little bit more,” but he understands they had a great running back in Devontae Booker, who recorded 560 rushes for 2,773 yards during his two years at Utah.

Whittingham’s view of offense

Mitchell mentions the saying in the Utes team room. It says “We play great defense, we play great special teams and we take care of the ball on offense.” Mitchell wonders where the heck is, “we play great offense?” and how Wilson felt about that.

“I know how much coach Whit plays into the turnover factor … It definitely made me hesitant at times,” said Wilson, “Because I know how much that meant to him.”

Brotherhood of Utah Football

Wilson looks back on his time with Utah football with great fondness because of the friendships he formed.

“I know a lot of teams talk about brotherhood, but Utah really hones into that fact,” Wilson said.

Listen to the full interview on Helmets Off Podcast.