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Utah football: Travis Wilson's fast release keeps him above the game

Published April 9, 2013 8:13 pm

Utah football • Coaches say they won't tinker with Wilson's sidearm motion.
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Utah quarterback Travis Wilson is working on his passing technique a lot this spring. But one area that isn't changing? That odd throwing motion of his.

Wilson might be 6-foot-6, but he has a tendency to sidearm his throws a bit. A lower release could be detrimental to some quarterbacks who aren't as tall as Wilson, but so far the release has worked for him, and Utah's coaches say they don't plan to try to change it.

Utah co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson said Wilson's release works for him because he gets the ball out so fast.

"I never screw around with throwing motions as long as the ball is coming out fast," he said. "You see a lot of guys in the NFL on every team who have strange motions but they all get it out quick, which is the most important thing."

With the Utes using a no-huddle offense more often, Erickson said Wilson's release is one of the biggest things going for him.

"What we are going to do offensively, you have to get that ball out quick," he said. "He does a good job of doing that."

Wilson said one of the reasons he does get the ball out so fast is because of his motion.

"I've been working some on a higher release, but I grew up throwing that way," he said of his motion. "I try to get it out quick so it doesn't get swatted down."

Upon further review

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said he his satisfied with the progress the Utes are making in spring ball after reviewing tape of Saturday's scrimmage.

"It was a big improvement from that scrimmage as opposed to the live work we did the week before," he said.

Whittingham said the coaches are starting to see some separation at various positions, but it is too early to make any major changes.

Moving up

A little upset he didn't see his name on Utah's initial spring depth chart, former fullback Karl Williams said he was determined to make the coaches notice him.

He is succeeding.

Williams is listed as a possible backup at running back along with James Poole and Lucky Radley. Kelvin York, who has been limited in his participation in spring ball due to a toe injury, remains in the No. 1 slot.

Williams, a 6-foot, 243-pound senior, is trying to lose some weight to make him faster, but has impressed the coaches with his physical play.

The coaches have been happy with the play of both Poole and Radley in spring ball, but Williams is definitely keeping the heat on the other two.

In other depth chart moves, Moana Ofahengaue, a 2012 signee who joined the Utes this spring, is listed at No. 3 at left defensive end, and Cameron Taylor is the backup at right end behind Hunter Dimick.






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