Travis Wilson hoping to help lead Utes turnaround

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Travis Wilson was quickly labeled the team's quarterback of the future upon signing with Utah.

The future caught up to Wilson quickly as he went from third string to becoming Utah's starter as a freshman over the final seven games of the 2012 season. It ended up being a rough welcome to Division I football.

Wilson was at the controls of an offense that ranked among the worst in the Pac-12 as Utah finished 5-7, missing a bowl game for the first time since 2002.

Seeing the Utes struggle through a season once is enough for Wilson. He wants to do his part to steer Utah in a better direction this year.

Coach Kyle Whittingham has turned the keys over to Wilson going into the season opener against Utah State.