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Utah quarterback Travis Wilson cited for underage drinking

By Carter Williams, Deseret News

Published: Sat, July 26 2:25 p.m. MDT

 University of Utah quarterback Travis Wilson hands the ball to running back Bubba Poole during the Red vs White game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Salt Lake City.

University of Utah quarterback Travis Wilson hands the ball to running back Bubba Poole during the Red vs White game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Salt Lake City.

(Hugh Carey, Deseret News)

Utah junior quarterback Travis Wilson was cited and released Friday on suspicion of underage consumption of alcohol, according the Department of Public Safety and Utah Highway Patrol.

In the release, department officials said the quarterback was cited during a concert at around 10 p.m. for possession or consumption by a minor.

“This is a violation of state law,” the department said in the release. “Mr. Wilson was cited into the West Valley Justice Court and released at the scene.”

Utah football officials have not responded to a request for comment on the incident.

Wilson has thrown for 3,138 yards and 23 touchdowns in two seasons with the Utes. His sophomore season was cut short due to injury last year.

Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham said at the Pac-12 media conference on Wednesday that Wilson is the favorite for Utah’s starting quarterback job heading camp that opens on Aug. 4.

“If we had a game tomorrow, he’d be our starter,” Whitttingham said during the broadcast of the event on Wednesday.

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1. Max-was-right
springville, UT,
July 26, 2014

The best thing to him getting caught was that they made someone else drive his car home. If he had not been cited then he would have been driving drunk, which at the U gets swept under the rug as well. Remember the last U QB that was arrested for DUI. Whitt made that disappear really quick.

2. Christopher B
Ogden, UT,
July 26, 2014

Interesting that this has now happened for star players for both Utah and byU.

Not very smart to be drinking in public Travis. Wait til you get home!

Go UTES!

3. JoCo Ute
Grants Pass, OR,
July 26, 2014

Re: Max. . . I missed the part of the article that listed Wilson's blood alcohol level. Looks like the charge is simply underage drinking, not DUI or Public Intoxication. If you have some inside information to support your claim that Wilson's blood alcohol level exceeded Utah's limit please feel free to share it.

Unlike BYU's Kyle Van Noy or Shiloah Teo's actual DUI charge Wilson's transgression looks more like BYU football players Brent Pollock or Brian McDonald's alcohol possession charges.

4. nananana batman
saint george, UT,
July 26, 2014

What concert was it ?

5. GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT,
July 26, 2014

@max

You are quick to judge the U and how, in your words, "Whitt made that disappear really quick." What about Kyle Van Noy? He, too, was cited for this same offense. How is this different than Wilson's? Is it because Van Noy played at BYU and Wilson plays at Utah?

It's very interesting how the BYU faithful like you are quick to pounce on a Utah athlete who has made a poor decision, yet when it is a BYU athlete, your fan base hushes it up.

Typical hypocrisy from you guys.