Utah sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson’s football career may be over after a pre-existing neurological condition was discovered when Wilson underwent testing after suffering a concussion in a November 9 home loss to Arizona State.
Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said that Wilson didn’t have any symptoms of a concussion during or directly after the game, but Wilson had a headache the next day. During the concussion diagnosis process, the pre-existing problem was discovered, Whittingham announced Monday.
“Travis is done for the season,” Whittingham said. “He’s out. He’s been declared not able to play and it could be career-ending. We’ll find out.”
Whittingham indicated that the issue is not deemed life-threatening and determining Wilson’s future could take several months.
“I’m not a doctor and I wouldn’t want to screw it up. It’s a head trauma, pre-existing. And I’m not even sure it’s trauma. It could be genetic,” Whittingham said. “We’re very upset by this and disappointed to say the least.”
Wilson was not available for comment after he, his father and Whittingham came to a decision to end the quarterback’s season on Sunday.
“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,” Whittingham said.
Sophomore Adam Schulz will start for the Utes in the final two games against Washington State and Colorado.
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