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Punishment up in the air for starting Utah QB cited for alcohol

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As evidenced by his 16 interceptions last season — second most at the FBS level, and in just nine games no less — Travis Wilson had an issue with the on-field decision-making part of the quarterback equation.

As evidenced by a recent incident, the off-field decision-making could use some work as well.

Late last week, Utah’s starting quarterback — at least for now — was cited for underage consumption of alcohol. The citation was issued at a Tim McGraw concert and came courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Wilson was released at the scene.

What if any disciplinary measures Wilson will face are to be determined.

“We are still in the process of gathering information on the incident,” head coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement released to the Tribune. “Once we have all the facts, we will handle the situation internally and determine any disciplinary action that should be taken.”

After starting the first three-quarters of the 2013 season, a concussion — technically, an intracranial artery injury — sidelined Wilson for the last three games and led to questions as to whether he would ever play the game again. Wilson, though, was cleared to participate in spring practice, albeit in non-contact mode, and was ultimately cleared medically for full contact last month.

Wilson will enter summer camp as the projected starter, although, Kendal Thompson, a transfer from Oklahoma, is expected to push the incumbent for the job.

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3 Responses to “Punishment up in the air for starting Utah QB cited for alcohol”
  1. cubano76 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:26 AM

    C’mon JT! If you had to attend a Tim McGraw concert, wouldn’t you drink as well?

  2. dejadoh says: Jul 30, 2014 8:41 AM

    I wonder if the doctors had cleared him to attend the concert. Consuming alcohol would then be for purely medicinal purposes. cubano76 has got it right.

  3. jordierivers says: Jul 30, 2014 12:30 PM

    About half those interceptions bounced off the hands of the worst receiving crew in the nation. He also played with a hurt thumb. This writer is an ass for comparing Wilson’s picks with his having a beer at a concert. It is an outdoor venue. Many people sneak in beer. He did not drive drunk. Big deal. There is a greater judicial penalty for riding the train without a ticket than there is for public drinking. Get real.

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