Travis Wilson named starting quarterback for Utes

SAL LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports)- Travis Wilson was named the Utes starting quarterback, but head coach Kyle Whittingham said it wasn't an easy decision between Wilson and Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson.

"It was about as tight as it could be," Whittingham said.

Wilson, who was medically cleared for full contact after overcoming a head injury that forced him to miss the final three games of the 2013 season, was slightly sharper in training camp. Plus, his familiarity with the Utes system was an advantage.

But while Wilson will not be rotated with Thompson, Whittingham said Thompson will see action in certain offensive packages.

"It’s not a two-quarterback system," Whittingham said. "It’s not first quarter, second quarter. It’s when we get the opportunity to put Kendal in and get him some work, he’s earned that right, and you will see him play, as well. But Travis is our starter."

Wilson threw for 1,827 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, while adding 386 yards rushing and five more touchdowns in 2013. He says his relationship with Thompson remains strong.

"We’re always talking to each other," Wilson said. "I think the relationship between us is great and I think it’s going to carry on for years to come."

The Utes open the 2014 season October 28th at home against Idaho State.

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