UCLA vs Utah Preview: Containing Ute QB Travis Wilson A Key For The Bruins

October 13, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) throws a lateral pass against the defense of UCLA Bruins linebacker Damien Holmes (43) after time expires following the second half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Utes sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson made his collegiate debut last season in a 21-14 loss to the UCLA Bruins. He’s come a long way in the year since and tonight, he is one of the three key players UCLA must contain to remain unbeaten and begin Pac-12 Conference play 1-0, as Carlos Sandoval examines at GoJoeBruin.com:

Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the SLC Utes-wise has been the emergence of sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson, a lanky 6-foot-7 signal-caller who lays claim to a 166 QB rating and 1100 yards on the season. The Utes’ passing game can be attributed to Wilson’s maturity.

After an offseason as the team’s starter (Wilson was thrown into the fire early last season after QB Jordan Wynn suffered a career-ending shoulder injury), it’s clear that Wilson’s going to be Utah’s starter for quite awhile. In addition to his nine passing touchdowns, Wilson also has five rushing touchdowns.

Wilson is flourishing under the tutelage of new Utah co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson. The sophomore has drawn comparisons to another former Erickson signal caller and NFL draft, Brock Osweiler.

For more coverage of Thursday’s UCLA vs Utah tilt read more from GoJoeBruin.com:

UCLA vs Utah By The Numbers

UCLA vs Utah Betting Odds and Live Stream Information

Topics: Football, UCLA Bruins, Utah Utes

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