A hush fell over the Utah section of the Big House on Saturday. Travis Wilson, having just returned this season after suffering a potentially career ending concussion last year, took a dive to try to extend a play. That was a very poor decision on his part. While in the air a Michigan defender hit him at the knees, causing him to pummel towards his face as another defender rocks him from the side pushing him out of bounds. Wilson lands on his face, which tears off his helmet and lacerates his nose, and his feet and body bend backward over his head which appears to hyper extend his neck.
The scene looks devastating as Travis sits painfully on his hands and knees on the sideline with blood pouring from his face. Trainers swarm around him but he is able to leave the field under his own power. He’s taken back to the locker room where he receives stitches in his nose and sits the rest of the first half.
Lucky for Travis he is ok and he returns out of the tunnel to start the second half. One can only imagine what could have been going on in his mind or that of his parents, coaches, and team mates. After almost losing football last year, he just about did it again – but this time he could have been paralyzed.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise to see Travis take a knee on the goal line before the opening kickoff of the second half to say a prayer. What is a surprise, however, is to see that he comes back to play virtually unaffected by the nasty spill to throw a touchdown pass on the opening drive and effectively open the game up for the Utes to shut the door on the Michigan Wolverines.
Utah fans are all glad he is ok and hope that he keeps himself safe going forward.