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QB Travis Wilson Cleared To Practice

by Christopher Smith
Feb 27, 2014 12:00 PM EST



Whether or not you're a fan of the Utah Utes, this one deserves some smiles.

Doctors cleared quarterback Travis Wilson to participate in non-contact drills Monday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Wilson suffered an "intracranial arterial condition," a pre-existing brain condition found during a post-concussion exam, that ended his 2013 season after a Nov. 9 game against Arizona State and continues to threaten his career.

Wilson, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound sophomore, has started 16 games at quarterback and will participate in spring practice. Doctors will re-evaluate his health in July, but all signs indicate he's on track to play again this fall.

"We are very excited," Wilson’s mother, JoMarie, told the Salt Lake Tribune. "It has taken a lot of pressure off him. He has been trying to hold it together."

Wilson, who dealt with an injury to his throwing hand last season as well, didn't have all-Pac-12 type numbers early in his career but is regarded for his potential to develop. He immediately would regain his status as the starter for Utah, though he'd have to work with a third offensive coordinator in three seasons, this time former Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen.

All the medical news for Utah this week isn't good. Defensive lineman Moana Ofahengaue is in critical condition after suffering a serious head injury in an apparent motorbike accident, the team has confirmed.