Utah quarterback Travis Wilson, who was diagnosed with a career-threatening medical condition last winter, received final medical clearance Tuesday to resume playing football, the school said in a news release.
A CT scan on Friday revealed that the previous injury to an intracranial artery has remained stable since his last test in February. The injury was first discovered after Wilson suffered a concussion in a Nov. 9 game against Arizona State last fall.
"Obviously, it's great news that Travis has been medically cleared to play football again," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in the statement. "Travis' health was our number one concern and we're relieved for him and his family that he is OK."
Wilson, a junior and two-year starter, participated only in non-contact drills in the spring. He has passed for 3,138 yards and 23 touchdowns in his first two seasons. His 12.02 career yards per completion ranks fourth all time at Utah and his .592 career completion percentage (261-of-441) ranks seventh.
"I'm happy I've been cleared to play again," Wilson said in the statement. "My condition is stable and the neurosurgeon predicted it will remain stable in the future. I had a feeling nothing would change from the previous scan, so I've been working to get back into shape. I feel totally comfortable about returning to football and full contact. I believe I've been playing with this condition for awhile and never even knew about it. I'm going to keep playing just the way I've always played. I knew something positive would come out of the whole thing."
Wilson started nine games as a sophomore in 2013, leading Utah to a 4-2 start, including an upset win over undefeated and No. 5-ranked Stanford. But an injury to his throwing hand caused him to miss the second half in losses to Arizona and USC, and his season ended the next week after a concussion against Arizona State. He finished with 1,827 yards passing and 16 touchdowns and ranked third on the team in rushing with 81 carries for 386 yards (4.8 average) and five touchdowns.
While he's the presumptive starter, Wilson will be challenged by Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson when fall camp begins on Aug. 4. Redshirt freshman Conner Manning and junior Adam Schulz also are in the mix.