Utes freshman QB Wilson adding spark to offense

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Tim Tebow he is not, as no one questions Travis Wilson's ability to throw the ball.

Yet Wilson's gutsy, fearless running style has earned him playing time as a freshman quarterback at Utah, and generated a new nickname -- Bulldog.

On his first collegiate snap, the 6-foot-7, 228-pound Wilson jumped over a defender to gain four yards before rumbling in for the score two plays later.

He'd finish the night with two rushing touchdowns, and was 2 for 2 passing in the Utes' 41-0 shutout of Northern Colorado.

While Jordan Wynn remains the starter, head coach Kyle Whittingham said Wilson's effort left no doubt he is the future, and he will continue to see action, including Friday night when the Utes face an improved Utah State team in Logan.