Q&A: Utah QB Travis Wilson

September, 13, 2013
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The Utah Utes are 2-0 and playing confident football behind their quarterback, Travis Wilson. Through two games, he's completed 31 of 47 passes for 566 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He took some time to chat with the Pac-12 blog before his team kicks off league plays Saturday against Oregon State.

How much fun are you having right now? It looked like you had a huge smile on your face all day Saturday.

Travis Wilson: I’m having a lot of fun. I think this season has started great and it’s shaping up to be a really good season. I’m having a blast right now.

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AP Photo/David ZalubowskiUtah QB Travis Wilson, who has thrown five TDs and run for two more this season, says throwing them beats running them in.
Utah is a team that’s struggled with quarterback consistency over the last couple of years. A lot of that had to do with injuries. Is it weird that you’re being referred to as a savior for this offense?

TW: It’s not too weird. I just want to make sure that I stay healthy. We’ve had some struggles there in the past. I just want to make sure I keep up my end of the bargain and that I'm playing my best every day and in every game.

What’s the biggest lesson you learned from last year to this year?

TW: I think just not playing nervous. I think that was something I struggled with last year. I was pretty nervous coming into games. This year I’m playing a lot more confident and I'm playing with a lot more motivation.

Is there anything you are doing different to calm those nerves? Or is it just the fact that you have more experience?

TW: I think it’s that I have more experience and I’m going into every game knowing I need to have fun while playing this game and making sure I’m not taking things too seriously.

What was Kyle Whittingham's message to you guys during the offseason?

TW: Just to make sure we keep our heads up and make sure we play as a team. Make sure we’re accountable to each other and make sure that we get our work done.

What has the addition of Dennis Erickson meant for you guys on offense?

TW: It’s been really great. He’s been a great coach and helped us out a lot. I'm looking forward to him being here for a long time.

As a quarterback, what’s better: Running for a touchdown or passing for a touchdown?

TW: They both definitely have their plus side. Both are fun. But I think passing. I’d rather see one of my wide receivers catch a touchdown pass than me running it in, so I’d prefer that.

Speaking of wide receivers, you lose Kenneth Scott for the season in the first game. How have you seen some of the other receivers respond?

TW: They’ve really stepped up a lot. Sean Fitzgerald and Anthony Denham have really stepped it up and filled that role. I’m really excited to have them out there. I know Kenneth would be proud of them too.

Fill in the blank: The biggest difference between Travis Wilson last year and this year is …?

TW: I would definitely say confidence. I have a lot more confidence this year. I have more motivation and I have a great team that I’m playing for.

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