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Utah's Travis Wilson medically cleared, setting up preseason position battle with former Sooner Kendal Thompson

by Jason Kersey Modified: June 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014

NORMAN — Utah junior quarterback Travis Wilson has been medically cleared to resume playing football, a fact that could have a major impact on Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson, who transferred to the Utes in February.

Wilson missed the last three games of last season with an intracranial artery injury. According to a Utah news release, Wilson “will enter fall camp No. 1 on the depth chart.” He’s started since his true freshman season in 2012.

In a February interview with The Oklahoman, Kendal Thompson’s father Charles said his son had been told that “once he gets off the plane in June, he will come in at least sharing first-team reps, and will be given every opportunity to be the guy from Day One.”

Battling Wilson and Thompson for the Utes’ starting quarterback jon will be junior Adam Schulz redshirt freshmen Connor Manning and Brandon Cox and true freshman Donovan Isom.

Thompson, a former Southmoore standout, graduated from OU in May and will have two years of eligibility remaining at Utah.

He competed with Blake Bell and Trevor Knight for the Sooners’ starting quarterback job last offseason, but suffered a broken foot on the first day of fall camp, destroying any chance he had to earn the job that ultimately went to Knight.

Thompson played late in the Sooners’ Nov. 16 rout of Iowa State, and also started the second half of Bedlam after Knight was injured.

“I didn’t wanna go to a school where they were gonna just hand me the job, because that means the level of talent there isn’t really up to par,” Kendal Thompson told The Oklahoman in February. “I’m a competitive guy. I’ve been through a battle before — one that I think I was doing pretty well in — so I know what it takes and I know what I have to do to win that battle.

“Just hopefully this time — I don’t wanna jinx myself — but hopefully I don’t break my foot the first day of camp.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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