Utah's Wilson to return; teammate hospitalized
Utah quarterback Travis Wilson is getting a chance to play football again.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah quarterback Travis Wilson is getting a chance to play football again while the future of one of his teammates is in question after a head injury left Moana Ofahengaue hospitalized in critical condition.
Wilson announced on his Instagram account on Monday that he will return for the 2014 season. School officials confirmed Wilson has been cleared to participate in spring ball, but he will be limited to non-contact drills as a precautionary measure.
Ofahengaue, a freshman defensive lineman, sustained a serious head injury after a motorbike accident on Sunday night.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham says the team's thoughts and prayers are with Ofahengaue and his family. The team will support him in any way it can, the coach added.
The defensive lineman, a walk-on last season, is the son of former BYU football player Tevita Ofahengaue. His uncle is Utah defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake.
Wilson's sophomore season was cut short after the team discovered a pre-existing medical condition during a concussion diagnosis in mid-November.
The 6-foot-7, 240-pound Wilson must undergo further exams as doctors continue to monitor his condition to make sure there is no serious health risk before the 2014 season.
Wilson is expected to regain his spot as Utah's starting QB. He has started 16 games over two seasons.
He completed 133 of 237 passes for 1,827 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for the Utes before a concussion sidelined him following a 20-19 loss to Arizona State on Nov. 9.
An initial scan for the concussion after that game turned up evidence of a pre-existing head trauma and a follow-up angiogram confirmed the trauma to an intracranial artery. Utah then lost two of its final three games to finish 5-7 and fail to reach a bowl game for a second straight season.
Wilson struggled with other injuries prior to his season-ending head injury. He missed parts of games against Southern California and Arizona with an injury to his throwing hand. It affected Wilson's consistency late in the season.
When Wilson returns to action, he will be working with a third offensive coordinator in his third season at Utah.
Former Wyoming coach Dave Christensen came aboard as the team's new offensive coordinator in January, replacing co-coordinators Dennis Erickson and Brian Johnson. Erickson took a new role as Utah's running backs coach. Johnson joined the staff at Mississippi State as a quarterback coach.The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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