I have access to a couple of players on the football team. They both play on the offense. I asked them about the lack of production on offense and they both said pretty much the same thing. The problem is primarily Travis Wilson. There are obviously other issues in addition to Travis but he is the biggest issue. They both have tremendous respect for Travis and how much he has given to the program. They also like him as a person and think he is a great guy.
They say that there are two issues with Travis. One is that Travis has a hard time thinking quick enough to make proper reads and to move through his progressions. The second problem is that he has problems when he gets out of his comfort zone. The portion of the playbook that Travis is comfortable with is limited. As a result, there is only a portion of the playbook that is available. When Travis gets nervous, which is pretty much most of the time during conference games, he reverts to things he is comfortable with. Once he makes a mistake the comfort zone gets even smaller. He wants to be the starter but he seems to be more comfortable coming off the bench. Perhaps he feels less pressure.
I have a lot of respect for Travis. I think he gives his all each week. A successful quarterback takes a certain mindset. I am not saying Travis is not smart enough but it appears he has a hard time thinking fast enough in live game situations. I think these are two different things.
He listens to the coaching he receives and he works hard to prepare but the game appears to be just too fast for him and he has a hard time dealing with unfamiliar situations. Additionally, once he makes a few mistakes he has an even harder time digging out of the whole.
I am certainly no football expert but I thought this was an interesting perspective.
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