Nov 9, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) throws the ball down the field in the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first quarter at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
The Kyle Whittingham press conference just happened. We now know that via tests for concussion something was seen and an angiogram confirmed that Travis Wilson has a pre-existing condition. Kyle refused to say what that condition was.
Now for speculation. According to two doctors and a medical student I’ve spoken too, the problem that was found with Travis was quite likely AVM. AVM stands for arteriovenus malformation. It is essentially a bubble on an artery in the brain. If you’d like to read more about AVM, follow this link.
The first thing I’d like to do is wish Travis the best. The kid was an absolute warrior this year. And maybe this was the blessing that saved his life.
Second if it is AVM, his career is almost certainly over. There is a procedure to make the situation better, but I cannot imagine any doctor in the nation would clear him to play with that condition. But it was found and he’ll likely grow old and be ok and that is the best news of all.
Now on to the news of football.
We’re going to go with Adam Schulz the rest of the way. The way Adam played left me cautiously optimistic for the rest of the year. If we can run the ball a little better and not have so many damn drops, the offense will move the ball with Adam, especially since Jake Murphy is back.
Connor Manning is his back up and Kyle voiced confidence in him. But it would be great for the program if we could keep his redshirt.
Let’s all send our thoughts and prayers to Travis. That has to be impossibly hard news for a 19 year old to hear. Remembering when I was 19, the fact that you’ll live won’t seem nearly as important as it should compared to the fact that he’ll never play again. I feel for him, but again the fact that this was caught before something serious happened is a true blessing.