03/16/2013 - 2013 Arkansas Pro Day: Tyler Wilson finally had an extended opportunity to show off the passing skills that made him one of the country's top collegiate quarterbacks. Wilson completed 77 of 84 throws as representatives from all 32 NFL teams watched Arkansas' pro day on Friday. Six of Wilson's misses were on drops by receivers.
The orchestrated passing drill included 62 different routes and was intended to give scouts a closer look at the two-year starter for the Razorbacks, who also took part in last month's NFL combine in Indianapolis.
He threw to several of his former teammates, including wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, tight end Chris Gragg and running backs Knile Davis and Dennis Johnson - with all hoping to improve their draft position heading into April's NFL draft.
Wilson is considered one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft after earning All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors as a junior and throwing for an average of 307.9 yards per game last season. He let his other performances - including his 40-yard dash time of 4.95 seconds - stand from last month's combine on Friday, instead focusing on a detailed presentation of his passing ability. - AP Sports
03/16/2013 - 2013 Arkansas Pro Day: "The combine is a tough representation," Wilson said. "... I threw the ball pretty well there. There some balls location-wise that could have been a little better. But this is a more accurate depiction of what you can do because these are the throws we threw in college. You're familiar with the receivers, you're familiar with the setting, and this is who you are."
Wilson said his schedule over the next month includes visiting with NFL teams in Fayetteville and at the team's facilities. He also said he's only heard speculation about where he'll be picked in the draft, adding the approximate round is close to where he was told he might have been picked if he had come out after his junior season last year. "I think I'm in a pretty good position," Wilson said. "I'm happy that I'm in the spot that I'm in." - AP Sports
03/16/2013 - 2013 Arkansas Pro Day: The workout was scripted by former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, now the director of the IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Wilson has worked at the academy since December with Weinke and former Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams quarterbacks coach Terry Shea. He only misfired on one attempt, a fade route to the corner of the end zone that sailed over Hamilton's head. The two immediately ran the route again, with no such problems the second time around, and Wilson spent much of his time afterward engaged in conversations on the field inside Arkansas' indoor workout facility.
"It was pretty cool," Wilson said. "I put a lot on my shoulders as far as I want to do well; I want to be selected high. But you've just got to be you at the end of the day and go to work and whatever happens, happens. I'm in a lucky situation where you just get to go to work and have a chance to play in the NFL."
Wilson said he did answer questions at the combine about his health, primarily about a concussion last season that forced him to miss Arkansas' 52-0 loss to Alabama. He also missed the second half of a game as a junior with what former coach Bobby Petrino called "concussion-like symptoms." "It really was the only medical concern," Wilson said. "But it was relatively clean." - AP Sports
03/01/2013 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 15 - Arkansas...Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has been the forgotten man among this senior group after a season full of turmoil and average performances at the Senior Bowl and combine. However, Wilson is still highly regarded by several around the league, and his pro day could help land him in the draft's top-60 picks. Running back Dennis Johnson was a surprising combine snub but will have his chance to work out for scouts on this date. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl: Tyler Wilson leads QBs after three days...Some might say West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith did himself a disservice by not coming to Mobile for the Senior Bowl. But after watching the quarterbacks who are here for three days, chances are NFL scouts are more interested than ever in seeing him work out. That's because the quarterbacks who are in town did not do much to separate themselves from each other. Ask five different people to rank the quarterbacks here and you might get five different rankings. There just isn't a lot of clarity between these guys. Through three practices, which is typically the number of practices most NFL general managers stick around to see in Mobile, here's how I rank the quarterbacks.
1. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas. Wilson has been the most consistent and has the smoothest mechanics, so if I had to pick one of the quarterbacks to start a game for my team, he would be the guy. He bounced back from a Monday practice that included a gross interception to have a more consistent practice Tuesday while flashing a good arm. Wednesday's work was also mostly good, especially when working to his tight ends. Wilson didn't take a ton of chances and it resulted in a lot of completions. It feels like he's a bit more of a playmaker with experience in a pro offense and that's enough to make him the best passer here. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
01/22/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, MONDAY RISER: QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas and QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse...Although Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and a few others continue to debunk the height issue, the fact is that NFL scouts want their quarterbacks to have a tall, large frame, preferring 6-2+ signal callers. And both Tyler Wilson (6-2 1/8") and Ryan Nassib (6-2) passed (barely) during weigh-ins Monday morning. How they perform on the practice field will ultimately be more important for their final evaluations, but it was a good start for both quarterbacks to measure above the 6-2 mark. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/21/2013 - One of the developing storylines as the draft gets closer involves the quarterback class and how there isn't a far-and-away premier option in the draft. As such, we could be looking at the first NFL Draft since 2008 where a quarterback won't be taken first overall. Monday afternoon's South team practice magnified that, but it also showed three quarterbacks with early round potential. Under the guidance of Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Florida State's E.J. Manuel and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson rotated throughout drills in preparation for Saturday's Senior Bowl. Linehan remarked after practice that there wasn't a single fundamental issue with any of them during the practice. No botched snaps, no incorrect play calls.
"We put together an offense in two hours last night," Linehan said with a smirk. "This is a good setup because they're all coming from different systems, the terminology's brand new to all of them, so they're all on the same boat. But being able to see them adapt ... these guys are obviously equipped to go to the next level." - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday Practice: Wilson, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated quarterback in this game, and third overall, behind West Virginia's Geno Smith and USC's Matt Barkley, was not surprisingly the most impressive of the three passers today. He passed his first test -- measuring in at a solid 6-2 (and an 1/8), 218 pounds -- during the weigh-ins and demonstrated the same efficient set-up and delivery, zip and accuracy which he'd shown over the past two seasons as the Razorbacks' starter. He showed better than expected accuracy on the move, as well, hitting open targets deep right and shallow left after play-action bootlegs. Wilson was equally accurate on short swing passes to running backs, slants and deep crossers to receivers and down the seam to the tight end.
He did get careless and throw an interception late that Georgia Southern safety JJ Wilcox stepped in front of and likely would have returned for a touchdown had we been keeping score. I was impressed, however, by the fact that Wilson rose to the occasion after this poor throw. Pressured on the outside, Wilson stepped up and lofted a nice pass down the seam to Alabama tight end Michael Williams. Williams, heavily covered, was unable to come down with the pass, however. More on Williams later. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/21/2013 - An informal poll among NFL analysts in attendance had Wilson as the best quarterback, but it was close judging by their work Monday. Just as Wilson had a fantastic practice, he was picked off by Georgia Southern cornerback J.J. Wilcox late in 11-on-11 drills. Still, the smooth delivery and accuracy Wilson has shown in college is enough to make him stand out the most.
"I had heard a lot about him," Linehan said. "His college coordinator and I worked together, so we talked a little bit prior to [the Senior Bowl] and all the things he told me you can see here. He comes from a very good system that translates to the pro game because he basically ran a real pro-style offense. I think he'll make the transition rather quickly to whatever team he ends up with." - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
11/29/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: 3. QB Tyler Wilson, 6-3, 220, Arkansas: Why he has the third spot: The redshirt senior put up good numbers in his final game against LSU despite a 20-13 loss. Wilson completed 31 of 52 passes for 359 yards, one TD and one INT. Though he's not normally known as a scrambling QB, he also added 38 yards on the ground. Wilson's season wasn't what many expected overall, but he still has the size and the arm to be a high pick.
Season stats (11 games): 249 of 401 (62.1) for 3,387 yards, 21 TDs, 13 INTs. Player ranking: Wilson is ranked as the No. 27 overall prospect and is the third-highest ranked QB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Arkansas's season is over. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
11/28/2012 - Record-setting Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is one of the five players that the Senior Bowl confirmed on Wednesday had accepted invitations to play in the all-star game on Jan. 26. The other players accepting invitations this week are Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, Rice tight end Vance McDonald, San Diego State cornerback Leon McFadden and Kent State offensive tackle Brian Winters. Wilson becomes the second quarterback on the Senior Bowl roster, joining Florida State signal-caller EJ Manuel, who was in the first wave of confirmed players on Nov. 14.
Wilson also becomes the second Razorback coming to the all-star game. Wide receiver Cobi Hamilton formed a record-breaking combination with Wilson during the 2012 season. Even though Arkansas had a disappointing 4-8 record, Hamilton set school marks for receptions and receiving yards in a season, while Wilson leaves with 27 school records. Wilson, Hamilton and Missouri outside linebacker Zavier Gooden are the SEC players who have been confirmed for the game so far. - Mark Inabinett, Alabama Live
11/26/2012 - WEEK 13 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: QB TYLER WILSON (Arkansas) -- Completed 31-of-52 passes for 359 yards with a touchdown and interception against LSU. - SEC football
11/22/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 3. QB Tyler Wilson, 6-3, 220, Arkansas: Why he has the third spot: The redshirt senior was viewed as one of the top draft prospects nationally coming into this season, but he's fallen down the list. He still has the tools to be an NFL quarterback, but his accuracy has been a concern this year. He had his best day of the season in a 42-14 loss to Mississippi State on Saturday in terms of completion percentage (79.3 percent), but he did throw two INTs -- giving him 12 this season.
Season stats (10 games): 218 of 349 (62.5) for 3,028 yards, 20 TDs, 12 INTs. Player ranking: Wilson is ranked as the No. 26 overall prospect and is the third-highest ranked QB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Razorbacks finish their season against LSU on Friday. That'll be Wilson's final chance to impress scouts as he takes on another stingy defense. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
11/14/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 3. QB Tyler Wilson, 6-3, 220, Arkansas: Why he has the third spot: Wilson remains the highest-ranked SEC quarterback on CBSSports.com's player rankings despite not having the senior season many thought he would. He had another inconsistent game Saturday in a 38-20 loss at South Carolina. The good was that he threw for 277 yards and two TDs. The bad was his two INTs. Wilson's overall accuracy is one big concern for his draft status. His completion rate has dropped to 60.9 percent and he's thrown 10 INTs. Season stats (nine games): 195 of 320 (60.9) for 2,803 yards, 18 TDs, 10 INTs. Player ranking: Wilson is ranked as the No. 26 overall prospect and is the third-highest ranked QB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Razorbacks play Mississippi State on Saturday. The Bulldogs have 12 INTs, so Wilson will need to protect the ball better. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
11/13/2012 - Week 11 Rewind: Wilson Teases With Big Arm, Guts in Loss To South Carolina...Winning 38-20 in front of their home crowd, the South Carolina Gamecocks outplayed the Arkansas Razorbacks in every way Saturday. Perhaps surprising, considering the score, South Carolina's most impressive effort came on the defensive side of the ball. Due in large part to the fact that sophomore defensive end JaDeveon Clowney is the nation's best player, the Gamecocks consistently put pressure on Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, a potential first round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. South Carolina intercepted Wilson twice and limited the SEC's leading passer (averaging 317.5 passing yards per game) to a mediocre performance that looks much better in the statbook than it did live. Wilson threw for 192 yards in the first half but just 85 yards after that. He also threw two second half interceptions. Considering the lack of protection he had up front, as well as limited experience (other than Cobi Hamilton) at receiver, it is a testament to Wilson's guts and talent that he enjoyed the success he did. In a year of highly inconsistent play from the most talented quarterbacks, those traits could transate into a first round pick. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/13/2012 - 11/12/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: QB TYLER WILSON, ARKANSAS...Wilson seems to make a few head-scratching decisions each game, sometimes telegraphing his passes, including a third quarter interception against the Gamecocks when he stared down his target and led South Carolina DB D.J. Swearinger to the play, resulting in a 69-yard return for the score. It hasn't been all negative for Wilson as he continues to show that he might be the toughest and bravest quarterback in the country (college or pro), but opinions are going to be all over the board on this senior. Positive pre-draft workouts will help rebuild his draft stock, but based on his senior play, it's tough to confidently call Wilson a top-25 draft pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/13/2012 - Week 11 Rewind: Scouts like Wilson's arm talent and guts but he showed throughout the second half why he remains a flawed quarterback. While Wilson has the velocity and touch to make the breath-taking throw, he does not possess great accuracy, overall, at least not in terms of consistency. Arkansas' well-designed routes puts opposing defensive backs in difficult positions. This gives Wilson (and other quarterbacks who've played in this offense) bigger windows than he'll often see in more traditional pro-style attacks in the NFL. Wilson's moderate ball placement on intermediate and shorter checkdown throws limited his receivers' ability to generate yardage after the catch in this contest and in previous games viewed. Wilson's most impressive traits are his arm strength and guts. He is willing to stand in and take a direct shot to complete passes, which has led to his twice being knocked out of games with head injuries over his two seasons as the Razorbacks' starting quarterback. He's been tested this year considering the fact that he lost three receivers to the NFL a year ago. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/13/2012 - 11/12/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: QB TYLER WILSON, ARKANSAS...While the current state of the Arkansas football team is still in shambles, that excuse is starting to wear thin when defending quarterback Tyler Wilson. Entering the season, he was in the discussion to be the top quarterback prospect for the 2013 NFL Draft, but Wilson hasn't shown the needed improvement as a senior and while he's had to deal with losing his head coach and multiple injuries, scouts want to see more from a potential first rounder. In the loss to South Carolina on Saturday, Wilson struggled with his accuracy and ball placement, throwing too many off-target passes and a pair of interceptions. His footwork is inconsistent and too many times he throws off-balance, even when he doesn't need to, which leads to off-target passes. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/13/2012 - Week 11 Rewind: As much as one play ever can, the skill-set that could cause a team to gamble big on the Arkansas quarterback was demonstrated on Wilson's game-tying touchdown pass to true freshman receiver Keon Hatcher midway through the second quarter. Facing third and goal, Wilson took the snap from shotgun and quickly located Hatcher coming free across the middle from the slot. Wilson had to rely on his correct pre-snap read because Clowney had slipped past Arkansas' left tackle with an explosive swim move and was barreling in on the quarterback at top speed. Wilson took a physical, clean hit to the chest and threw a strike to make the first catch of Hatcher's career a memorable one. Better protection would have put Wilson in better position to make a similar play when Arkansas faced 3rd and goal from the three-yard line with 3:30 before the half, while the game was still competitive. This time, however, it was the Gamecocks' talented senior pass rusher, Devin Taylor, who was in Wilson's face before he had a chance to breathe. The 6-7, 267 pound Taylor was unblocked off the right side and forced Wilson's throw to be slightly behind his most reliable receiver, senior Cobi Hamilton. Hamilton who was open, wasn't able to snatch the ball before South Carolina defender Akeem Auguste knocked it away. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/12/2012 - WEEK 11 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMER: QB TYLER WILSON (Arkansas) -- Completed 26-of-41 passes for 277 yards with two touchdowns against South Carolina. - SEC football
11/07/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 2. QB Tyler Wilson, 6-3, 220, Arkansas: Why he has the second spot: Wilson is still the highest ranked SEC QB on CBSSports.com's player rankings despite not having the senior season many thought he would. He was decent in a 19-15 win over Tulsa on Saturday, completing 21 of 31 attempts for 272 yards and one INT. Overall, Wilson's gone from a potential top-10 selection to more of a late first or early second round prospect. He still has three tough games against South Carolina, Mississippi State and LSU to boost his draft stock. Season stats (eight games): 169 of 279 (60.6 percent) for 2,526 yards, 16 TDs, 8 INTs. Player ranking: Wilson is ranked as the No. 24 overall prospect and is the third-highest ranked QB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Razorbacks play South Carolina on Saturday. The Gamecocks' defense, ranked 20th overall nationally, will be a great test for Wilson. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
10/23/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 8: 2. QB Tyler Wilson, 6-3, 220, Arkansas: Why he has the second spot: After a slow start for Wilson and the Razorbacks, the senior QB has turned it around in the last few weeks before having a bye last weekend. He'll have a chance to solidify his status as a first-round pick with games against Mississippi State, LSU and South Carolina still on the schedule. Season stats (six games): 124 of 205 (60.5 percent) for 1,957 yards, 14 TDs, 5 INTs. Player ranking: Wilson is ranked as the No. 12 overall prospect and is the third-highest ranked QB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Razorbacks play Ole Miss this weekend. The Rebels are ranked No. 65 nationally in scoring defense, so Wilson should have a chance to put some good numbers up. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
10/23/2012 - Despite ranking at or near the top of the Southeastern Conference in several passing categories, Arkansas' Tyler Wilson was not one of 16 semifinalists named Monday for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. The redshirt senior leads the SEC in passing yards, passing yards per game and touchdowns per game, and is third in pass efficiency this season. He has completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 1,657 yards and 14 touchdowns, playing in only six games after missing one with a concussion. Three SEC quarterbacks - Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Georgia's Aaron Murray and Alabama's AJ McCarron - made the semifinalist list. Other notable semifinalists include Southern Cal's Matt Barkley, Kansas State's Collin Klein, West Virginia's Geno Smith and Oklahoma's Landry Jones. - Matt Jones, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
10/16/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 7: 2. QB Tyler Wilson, 6-3, 220, Arkansas: Why he has the second spot: Wilson had perhaps his best game of the season against Kentucky on Saturday. He completed 23 of 31 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns in a weather-shortened 49-7 win over the Wildcats. Season stats (six games): 124 of 205 (60.5 percent) for 1,957 yards, 14 TDs, 5 INTs. Player ranking: Wilson remained the No. 12 overall prospect and is the third-highest ranked QB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Razorbacks are off this week. They play Ole Miss on Oct. 27. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
10/15/2012 - WEEK 7 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: QB TYLER WILSON (Arkansas) -- Completed 23-of-31 passes for 372 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions against Kentucky. - SEC football
10/14/2012 - Tyler Wilson and Arkansas took out a season's worth of frustration against Kentucky. Wilson was 23 of 31 passing for 372 yards and a career-high five touchdowns to lead Arkansas to a 49-7 win over the Wildcats in a game shortened by severe weather. Wilson threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to running back Jonathan Williams on the opening play for the Razorbacks, who had 533 yards of total offense before the game was called with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter because of lightning near Razorback Stadium. The second-half suspension followed an hour and six-minute delay in the first half. The win was the second straight for Arkansas (3-4, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) after a four-game losing streak. Williams finished with three catches for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and running back Dennis Johnson added three touchdowns. The Wildcats (1-6, 0-4 SEC) were outgained 444-88 in total yards in the first half. Even before the weather became a factor, Wilson and the Razorbacks had taken complete control against a Kentucky team that had played 14 true freshmen this season. The senior threw four touchdowns in the first half as the Razorbacks built a 42-0 halftime lead. His fifth touchdown pass came in the third quarter on an 18-yard pass to Julian Horton, putting Arkansas up 49-0. - AP Sports
10/10/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: 2. QB Tyler Wilson, 6-3, 220, Arkansas: Why he has the second spot: Wilson and the Razorbacks got their first win against an FBS opponent this season when they knocked off Auburn 24-7 on Saturday. Wilson had his most accurate day of the season, completing 20 of 27 passes (74.1 percent) for 216 yards. Season stats (five games): 99 of 172 (57.6 percent) for 1,571 yards, 9 TDs, 5 INTs. Player ranking: Wilson remained the No. 12 overall prospect and is the third-highest ranked QB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Razorbacks play Kentucky on Saturday. The Wildcats give up an average of 30.2 points per game, so Wilson should have a chance to put up some big numbers. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
10/10/2012 - Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson wasn't injured Tuesday during a car accident. School spokesman Zack Higbee says Wilson was involved in a crash along Interstate 540, but was expected to practice Tuesday afternoon. An Arkansas State Police report says Wilson was rear-ended after he braked suddenly for traffic that stopped in front of him. Police say Wilson wasn't cited and no one was injured. Wilson has averaged 338.8 yards passing per game despite missing a game and a half with a concussion this season. The Razorbacks (2-4) face Kentucky (1-5) on Saturday. - AP Sports
10/02/2012 - SEC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: 2. QB Tyler Wilson, 6-3, 220, Arkansas: Why he has the second spot: Despite a disastrous season thus far for the Razorbacks, Wilson remains the top QB prospect in the league. He put up some big numbers -- 373 yards and a touchdown -- in the 58-10 loss at Texas A&M. However, he also threw two interceptions and his completion percentage (49.2 percent) was unimpressive. Season stats (four games): 79 of 145 passing (54.5 percent) for 1355 yards, 9 TDs, 5 INTs. Player ranking: Wilson remained the No. 12 overall prospect and is still the third-highest ranked QB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Razorbacks travel to Auburn on Saturday. The Tigers have given up an average of 211 yards through the air per game. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
10/01/2012 - Week 5 Rewind: While Smith's brilliance left scouts gasping Saturday, the poor play from Arkansas' Tyler Wilson could leave them grumbling. It has already been a season to forget for the Razorbacks and with a 58-10 thrashing at the hands of SEC-newcomer Texas A&M the latest setback, things may only be getting worse. In his second game back since succumbing to a head injury against Louisiana-Monroe, Wilson completed just 29 of 59 passes against the Aggies for 373 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Wilson's touchdown was a simply dump-off a few yards behind the line of scrimmage to running back Knile Davis. A couple of subtle cuts by Davis and shoddy open field tackling by A&M allowed him to race nearly 70 yards (64 net) for a first quarter score. Other than directing the Razorbacks to a field goal on their next drive, Arkansas was shut-out the rest of the way, however, as the Aggies scored 44 unanswered to finish the game. The first of Wilson's two interceptions came when he failed to account for free safety Steven Terrell jumping a curl route from freshman MeKale McKay. The second was an even worse decision as he attempted to squeeze a deep fade between the A&M secondary playing Cover-2. The ball wasn't thrown with enough velocity and was easily picked off again by Terrell. This time Wilson's intended target was his star senior Cobi Hamilton. Wilson entered the 2012 campaign as a virtual lock for the first round. Having completed a career-low 54.5% of his passes thus far (and just nine touchdowns against five interceptions), he'll need to dramatically improve his play to keep this grade. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/25/2012 - SEC NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 4: 2. QB Tyler Wilson, 6-3, 220, Arkansas: Why he has the second spot: Wilson sat out Week 3 with a head injury and watched his teammates fall 52-0 to Alabama. He was back this week with big numbers, but the outcome didn't change for Arkansas, which fell 35-26 to Rutgers. He completed 20 of 39 passes (51.9 percent) for 419 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss. Season stats (three games): 50 of 86 passing (58.1 percent) for 982 yards, 8 TDs, 3 INTs. Player ranking: Wilson is now ranked No. 12 overall and is the third-highest ranked QB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Last week, Wilson was the third overall player and the top QB. Up next: The Razorbacks travel to Texas A&M on Saturday. The Aggies give up an average of 254.3 passing yards per game. - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
09/24/2012 - Arkansas coach John L. Smith said Monday that his Razorbacks can still reach a bowl game despite a 1-3 start and most of their Southeastern Conference schedule still ahead. Speaking to reporters ahead of an appearance at the Little Rock Touchdown Club, the interim coach twice raised his hands and crossed his fingers while saying that once his team demonstrates confidence and consistency - with a victory - he expects it to reach a postseason game. "We need to get a win to get that confidence back," said Smith, whose team had been expected to challenge for SEC or national championships. Arkansas' next five games are against unranked teams. The Razorbacks close at No. 6 South Carolina, at No. 21 Mississippi State and at home with No. 3 LSU. The Razorbacks must win five of its remaining eight games to become bowl-eligible. The team opened with a victory over Jacksonville State but after quarterback Tyler Wilson suffered a head injury against Louisiana-Monroe, the Razorbacks lost in overtime to the Warhawks and then 52-0 to top-ranked Alabama. Wilson returned for Arkansas' game against Rutgers - a week after complaining to reporters that perhaps some of his teammates weren't giving their all -- and the Razorbacks lost 35-26. "Now Tyler's back, hopefully we can start building that consistency and with consistency will come confidence. With a win, it will definitely help confidence," Smith said. Arkansas plays at Texas A&M on Saturday, then plays Auburn, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Tulsa. The Razorbacks finished last season ranked No. 5, losing only to national champion Alabama and runner-up LSU. - AP Sports
09/20/2012 - Tyler Wilson is back for Arkansas. Now the question is whether the star quarterback can get the Razorbacks out of their funk. Arkansas coach John L. Smith said Thursday that doctors cleared Wilson to return to action Saturday against Rutgers. Last season's first-team All-Southeastern Conference quarterback missed the Razorbacks' 52-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama last week with what he called a concussion. The senior was injured late in the first half against Louisiana-Monroe the week before, a game Arkansas (1-2) lost in overtime after leading by 21 points in the third quarter. The Razorbacks (1-2) fell from No. 8 to unranked with that loss, and their troubles continued against the Crimson Tide - a game in which they were shut out for the first time since 1995. Wilson spoke after the game, trying to rally his teammates. He'll have the chance to back up those words on the field against the Scarlet Knights (3-0). "He is that energy, that vocal person that we need," Smith said. "His energy and that positiveness, it just kind of breeds and it keeps going and it spirals, and that's what we need." Wilson, who is 30-of-47 passing with five touchdowns this season, took part in non-contact practice each day this week. He threw for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns last season, guiding Arkansas to an 11-2 record and Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State. Without Wilson, the Razorbacks - who have led the SEC in passing offense in each of the last three seasons - were held to just 79 yards through the air. Redshirt freshman Brandon Allen and junior Brandon Mitchell combined to finish 11-of-25 passing with two interceptions. Smith said Wilson will have no limitations against Rutgers, and that he has no hesitation about playing the quarterback. "Tyler's Tyler," Smith said. "He's going to go out there and play his darn best, regardless." - AP Sports
09/19/2012 - Though not announced as medically cleared to play Saturday, Tyler Wilson was cleared Tuesday to practice. Arkansas' senior, All-SEC quarterback not only practiced, but by all accounts practiced very well Tuesday as the Razorbacks (1-2) prepped for Saturday's 6 p.m., ESPNU-televised nonconference game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-0). It was Wilson's first practice - other than throwing some last Wednesday and going through last Saturday's pregame warmups - since he suffered a concussion late in the first half of the Sept. 8 game against the University of Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock. Arkansas led ULM, 21-7 at halftime with Wilson, but without him lost 34-31 in overtime to a 30-point underdog, then was flattened 52-0 by No. 1, reigning national champion Alabama in both teams' SEC opener last Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Needless to say offensive coordinator Paul Petrino was ecstatic to see his starting quarterback back, though he continues grooming replacements Brandon Allen - the redshirt freshman - and fourth-year junior quarterback/receiver Brandon Mitchell, should Wilson not this week pass the doctors' mandatory concussion tests to clear his return. "They let him practice today and I thought he looked great," Petrino said. "I'd say he was on fire. His arm was fresh and hot. It was a great day at practice." - Nate Allen, The Baxter Bulletin
09/18/2012 - Tyler Wilson had a moment before the Alabama game when he wanted to do anything but heed his doctors' orders. Concussion or not, the Arkansas quarterback wanted to play against the No. 1 Crimson Tide. ''Give me my helmet,'' Wilson thought. ''I don't care what anybody else says, I'm playing.'' Of course, Wilson didn't play in the 52-0 drubbing at the hands of Alabama. The first-team All-Southeastern Conference quarterback couldn't overrule what he said was an absolute ''no'' from his doctors. The Razorbacks (1-2) put up little fight against the Crimson Tide without Wilson, losing their second straight game and putting an early end to their preseason hopes of a national championship run. They face another difficult test at home against Rutgers (3-0) on Saturday, and Wilson is ''extremely optimistic'' he'll be able to play. - AP Sports
09/14/2012 - Will he or won't he? That's the question that continues to surround Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson as his Razorbacks prepare to host No. 1 Alabama Saturday. After missing the second half of his team's upset loss to ULM with a head injury, Wilson's status has officially been "day-to-day" and unofficially a matter of speculation throughout the week. It's now going to stay that way through kickoff, as coach John L. Smith announced Friday that Wilson had not been ruled out, that he would be a "game time decision" and that the Razorbacks would issue no further updates on his condition before Saturday. That statement would seem to neither confirm nor deny an earlier report from veteran Fayetteville sports talk radio host Bo Mattingly, one stating that Wilson had not been cleared to play or practice and that he would not see the field against the Tide. (ESPN has since reported the same.) Both Smith and Wilson's teammates were optimistic about Wilson's chances Wednesday, when the senior threw the ball well at practice, albeit in shorts and without taking any contact. But Wilson did not participate at all in Thursday's practice, with Smith declining to elaborate on why other than to say he was "busy." - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
09/14/2012 - Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is not likely to start Saturday against No. 1 Alabama because of a head injury that kept him out of Thursday's practice because he has not yet been cleared, according to a report by Bo Mattingly, a veteran sportstalk host in Fayetteville, Ark. Wilson missed the second half of the Razorbacks' loss to Louisiana-Monroe last week. He participated in the team's walkthrough Wednesday, but coach John L. Smith said the quarterback was "busy" doing "evaluating" during practice on Thursday, when he did not participate. Smith indicated he would know Friday if Wilson, the first-team All-Southeastern Conference quarterback last season, will be able to play against the Crimson Tide (2-0). Redshirt freshman Brandon Allen or junior Brandon Mitchell will start for the Razorbacks (1-1). The Crimson Tide opened as a 20-point favorite. Wilson is rated as a first-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com. - The Sports Xchange
09/14/2012 - Arkansas coach John L. Smith says quarterback Tyler Wilson didn't practice Thursday and his status remains uncertain Saturday's game with No. 1 Alabama. Wilson, who missed the second half of the Razorbacks' loss to Louisiana-Monroe last week with a head injury, went through a light practice Wednesday, but Smith says the quarterback was "busy" doing some kind of "evaluating" during practice on Thursday. Smith says he expects to find out Friday if Wilson, the first-team All-Southeastern Conference quarterback last season, will be able to play against the Crimson Tide (2-0). Redshirt freshman Brandon Allen or junior Brandon Mitchell could start for the Razorbacks (1-1) if Wilson is unable to play. - AP Sports
09/11/2012 - SEC: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING - WEEK 2: Tyler Wilson, Arkansas: It's not his fault that he took a blow to the head and missed the end of Arkansas' 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. Still, any injury around the head will be a concern, even if he does play this week at Alabama. His numbers weren't great before the hit either. He completed 11 of 20 passes (55 percent) for 196 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. You can see him next: Saturday vs. Alabama, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS). - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
09/11/2012 - LOOKING GOOD: Before he left the game with an injury, Wilson threw two touchdown passes, the 14th time in his career he has had at least two in a game. He is tied for ninth on the school's all-time career list with 40 touchdown passes and is sixth on the list in career passing yardage (4,941). - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2012 - QB Tyler Wilson had a turnover on Arkansas' opening drive for a second straight week. The Warhawks picked off his second pass attempt and eventually converted the turnover into a touchdown. Wilson had lost a fumble on his first series against Jacksonville State the week before. Wilson's backup, redshirt freshman Brandon Allen, also was intercepted once, and that pick snuffed out whatever opportunity the Hogs had of moving into field-goal range in the closing seconds of regulation. - The Sports Xchange
09/10/2012 - It remained unclear on Sunday whether Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson will be ready to play in next Saturday's game against No. 1 Alabama, but it appears he has a chance of playing. Tyler was forced to leave Saturday's 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe with what was described as an "above-the-shoulder" injury. "Tyler Wilson took a hit to the head and was kept in Little Rock last night for observation," head coach John L. Smith said in a statement released Sunday. "His prognosis is good and he will be day-to-day." Brandon Allen replaced Wilson at the start of the second half. He threw a touchdown pass on the Razorbacks' first possession of the third quarter, but they did not score another touchdown. - The Sports Xchange
09/09/2012 - Arkansas has taken the second-largest fall out of the AP college football poll, dropping from eighth to unranked after losing to Louisiana-Monroe. The Razorbacks were upset 34-31 in overtime after losing quarterback Tyler Wilson to an injury. The only team to take a more drastic fall from the poll was Michigan in 2007. The Wolverines opened the season at No. 5 and dropped out after a Week 1 loss to Appalachian State. Alabama remains No. 1. Southern California is No. 2, followed by LSU and Oregon. Florida State moved into a tie for fifth with Oklahoma. Georgia is No. 7. Arkansas was one of four teams to drop out after losses, along with Nebraska, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State. Moving in were UCLA, Tennessee, Arizona and BYU. - AP Sports
09/09/2012 - Wilson completed 11 of 20 passes Saturday for 196 yards and two touchdowns. He'd led the Razorbacks to a 21-7 halftime lead and was coming off a 367 yard, three touchdown effort in Arkansas' season-opening victory over Jacksonville State. Last season, his first as a starter after serving as Ryan Mallett's backup in 2009-10, Wilson earned First Team All-SEC accolades from the league's coaches, the first Arkansas Razorback to ever be so honored. Starting all 13 games, Wilson completed 63.2% of his passes for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns against just six interceptions. While Wilson has demonstrated the strong arm and toughness NFL teams are looking for in a potential franchise quarterback, some scouts have been holding judgement on Wilson's stock as he attempts to duplicate his 2011 season without three receivers who each were selected in the fourth round of April's draft -- Joe Adams (Carolina Panthers), Jarius Wright (Minnesota Vikings) and Greg Childs (Vikings). With no reported timetable yet for his return and No. 1 rated Alabama coming to town next weekend, the next opportunity for Wilson to steady his personal stock as well as his teams' isn't yet known. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/09/2012 - Arkansas entered Saturday evening's game against Louisiana-Monroe as a 30-point favorite and the No. 8 team in the country. They were led, of course, by quarterback Tyler Wilson, a Heisman candidate and projected top five pick in next April's draft. Wilson was hammered early and often by the WarHawks, however, and did not return to the field after halftime, reportedly suffering an injury "above the shoulders." If Wilson suffered a concussion it would be his second in just 15 career starts as the Arkansas quarterback was knocked out of the New Mexico game a year ago (September 10, 2011) with the same injury. Just a short time ago two concussions taken over a couple of seasons against SEC competition may not sway an NFL team eager to land the 6-2, 220 fireball-throwing quarterback -- especially one as highly rated as Wilson, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 rated overall prospect for the 2013 draft behind only Matt Barkley. Considering the precaution now rightly being given to concussions, however, it isn't out of the question that Wilson's draft stock, not to mention Arkansas' season, could very much be in peril. It should be made clear that Wilson's toughness is not about to be questioned by NFL scouts. Anyone paying attention to the Razorbacks' record-breaking quarterback the past calendar year has seen him boldly deliver passes as defenders bore down on him. Wilson's courage in the pocket is one of his most impressive traits. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/09/2012 - Arkansas coach John L. Smith says quarterback Tyler Wilson took a hit to the head during Saturday night's loss to Louisiana-Monroe. Smith says Wilson stayed in Little Rock following the loss, but that his prognosis is good heading into this week's game with No. 1 Alabama. The senior missed the second half of the overtime loss, throwing for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns before exiting at halftime. Wilson also missed the second half of a game last season with concussion-like symptoms. Smith also says sophomore running back Kody Walker is likely out for the season after suffering a lower leg injury. Cornerback Tevin Mitchel suffered an injury "above the shoulders" and is doubtful for this week's game, while cornerback Kaelon Kelleybrew is probable with an injured arm. - AP Sports
09/08/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Senior QB Tyler Wilson makes the Hogs' offense go with his passing, but with the return of Knile Davis from an ankle injury that sidelined him in 2011, the Razorbacks have a potent running attack. The Hogs had two 100-yard receivers, WR Brandon Mitchell and TE Chris Gragg, in the opening victory over Jacksonville State. - The Sports Xchange
09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: QB TYLER WILSON (Arkansas) -- Completed 19-of-27 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns against Jacksonville State. - SEC football
09/01/2012 - Tyler Wilson opened his Heisman Trophy campaign in convincing fashion, doing so with a mostly remade set of receivers. Wilson set the school record for yards passing in a season opener, finishing 19 of 27 passing for 367 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 10 Razorbacks to a 49-24 win over Jacksonville State on Saturday night. Two of Wilson's touchdowns went to tight end Chris Gragg, who finished with seven catches for 110 yards as Arkansas (1-0) won its first game under coach John L. Smith. Brandon Mitchell, the former backup quarterback turned starting receiver, joined in the fun with four catches for 122 yards and Javontee Herndon caught four passes for 96 yards. The Gamecocks (0-1), coached by former Razorbacks coach Jack Crowe, led 14-7 in the first half. Marques Ivory had a pair of touchdown passes, while Alan Bonner had eight catches for 107 yards. Crowe coached Arkansas from 1990 until he was ousted by former Razorbacks athletic director Frank Broyles after the first game of the 1992 season, a 10-3 loss to the Citadel. Jacksonville State stayed close to the Southeastern Conference's top offense throughout the first half, trailing 35-21 at halftime, but the Gamecocks couldn't keep pace with Wilson and his revamped receiving corps. - AP Sports
08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 10. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: Blessed with a strong arm, good mobility and the toughness to take a shot and still deliver passes, there is a lot to like about Wilson. His success against SEC competition has certainly been impressive. Scouts recognize that Wilson's production may have been a bit inflated by former head coach Bobby Petrino's high-octane offense and the receiving talent Arkansas boasted a season ago. If he can improve his decision-making and ball placement, Wilson has the physical tools to leapfrog Barkley as the top senior quarterback prospect in the country. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/15/2012 - Top-five Arkansas prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. QB Tyler Wilson...Blessed with a strong arm and considerably more mobility than the man he replaced as Arkansas' starting quarterback, Ryan Mallett, there was quiet optimism in the scouting community that Wilson (pictured above) would do well in 2011 -- his first full season at the helm. After all, he'd appeared in a total of 13 games over the previous three seasons (eventually was given a medical redshirt in 2008) and had fared reasonably well in 2010 (34 of 51 for 453 yards and four touchdowns/three interceptions) when pressed into considerable duty once Mallett went down to injury. That said, few were bold enough to suggest that Wilson would explode onto the SEC scene like he did last season, completing 63.2% of his passes for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns against just six interceptions. For his efforts Wilson was the first Arkansas quarterback to ever earn First Team All-SEC honors from conference coaches and the media. The trick now, of course, will be to repeat his 2011 success without the head coach whose scheme some have credited with inflating his quarterback's statistics and three wide receivers deemed good enough to earn fourth round grades last year from NFL scouts. Regardless of whether Wilson's numbers were boosted by Petrino's offense, he certainly has demonstrated the skill-set necessary to transfer his success to the NFL. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
08/15/2012 - Top-five Arkansas prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. QB Tyler Wilson...Wilson may not possess the fastball that his predecessor Mallett boasts, but his arm is every bit as strong as USC's Matt Barkley, who is widely viewed as the elite senior quarterback in the land and the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Wilson's strong arm, in fact, can sometimes get him in trouble as he's quite confident in his ability to fit passes through tight windows and will, at times, throw with just his arm rather than stepping into passes, limiting his accuracy. This is an area that can be corrected with coaching, however. Something that typically doesn't come with coaching -- toughness -- was demonstrated by Wilson last season. Despite his relative lack of starting experience, Wilson showed surprising poise and courage in the pocket last year. Against top competition Wilson repeatedly showed the toughness to ignore an oncoming defender, absorb the hit and still get off an accurate pass. While Smith is the new head coach, the offense isn't expected to change much as the offensive coordinator (Bobby's brother Paul Petrino) will be the same. Should Wilson demonstrate improved technique (and therefore better ball placement) on deeper routes, he appears poised to join Barkley as a first round quarterback prospect in 2013. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
08/07/2012 - QB Tyler Wilson holds nine Arkansas records, including pass attempts (438) and completions (277) in a season, and should challenge for at least one more career mark this year. With 344 completions, he needs 185 more to overtake Clint Stoerner's record of 528. Wilson's completion percentage of 62.9 is currently the best in school history. He has a comfortable margin over No. 2 Ryan Mallett (60.3). - The Sports Xchange
08/07/2012 - MOST IMPORTANT ARKANSAS PLAYER: QB Tyler Wilson - Although the defense is expected to be much better, the offense is going to determine if the Razorbacks are to contend in the SEC West, and Wilson is the triggerman. He passed for nearly 280 yards a game in 2011. With the improved running game and without receivers like Jarius Wright and Joe Adams no longer around, Wilson may not match that figure, but he still will be the No. 1 weapon for the Hogs. - The Sports Xchange
08/04/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE: Tyler Wilson, Arkansas...Arkansas has set a handful of passing records in the last three seasons. In his first season as starting quarterback, Wilson was no exception. He became the first Razorback quarterback to be named first-team All-SEC last season after passing for 4,378 yards and 31 touchdowns. - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB - Tyler Wilson, Arkansas...Wilson is the only Razorback in school history to be named first-team All-SEC quarterback, an honor he earned in 2011 after leading Arkansas to a school-record-tying 11 wins in his first season as a starter. The senior from Greenwood, Ark., holds nine school records, including career completion percentage, and has produced three of the top-five single-game completions marks in school history. He also ranks in the top 10 in school history in career touchdown passes, career pass completions and career pass attempts. He finished the 2011 season 277-of-438 passing for 3,638 yards, leading the SEC with an average of 279.8 per game, and 24 touchdowns with six interceptions, becoming just the second Razorback to pass for 3,000 yards in a season and leading the SEC with the eighth-highest single-season passing yards total in conference history. He also led the SEC in total offense per game, completions and pass efficiency rating. Wilson's attempt-to-interceptions ratio of 1:73 was the third-best in SEC history with a minimum of 300 attempts and the fourth-best in conference history with a minimum of 200 attempts. Earlier this week, he was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List. - Arkansas football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): QB Tyler Wilson (127), Arkansas, Sr.,...is the only Razorback in school history to be named first-team All-SEC quarterback, an honor he earned in 2011 after leading Arkansas to a school-record-tying 11 wins in his first season as a starter. The senior from Greenwood, Ark., holds nine school records, including career completion percentage, and has produced three of the top-five single-game completions marks in school history. He also ranks in the top 10 in school history in career touchdown passes, career pass completions and career pass attempts. He finished the 2011 season 277-of-438 passing for 3,638 yards, leading the SEC with an average of 279.8 per game, and 24 touchdowns with six interceptions, becoming just the second Razorback to pass for 3,000 yards in a season and leading the SEC with the eighth-highest single-season passing yards total in conference history. He also led the SEC in total offense per game, completions and pass efficiency rating. Wilson's attempt-to-interceptions ratio of 1:73 was the third-best in SEC history with a minimum of 300 attempts and the fourth-best in conference history with a minimum of 200 attempts. Earlier this week, he was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List. - Arkansas football
07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Tyler Wilson, senior, QB, Arkansas, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Wilson was the first-team quarterback on the coaches' and media preseason All-SEC teams and has been named to watch lists for the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien awards this preseason. He also was included on the Manning Award Watch List after being a finalist last year. Last season he became the only Razorback in school history to be named first-team All-SEC quarterback, an honor he earned after leading Arkansas to a school-record-tying 11 wins in his first season as a starter. The senior from Greenwood, Ark., holds nine school records, including career completion percentage, and has produced three of the top-five single-game completions marks in school history. He also ranks in the top 10 in school history in career touchdown passes, career pass completions and career pass attempts. - Arkansas football
07/20/2012 - 2012 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, has been selected to the Preseason Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback by The Davey O'Brien Foundation. Wilson, a Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist last season, is the only Razorback in school history to be named first-team All-SEC quarterback. He earned that honor in 2011 after leading Arkansas to a school-record-tying 11 wins in his first season as a starter. The Greenwood, Ark., native holds nine school records, including career completion percentage, and has produced three of the top-five single-game completions marks in school history. He also ranks in the top 10 in school history in career touchdown passes, career pass completions and career pass attempts. He finished the 2011 season 277-of-438 passing for 3,638 yards, leading the SEC with an average of 279.8 per game, and 24 touchdowns with six interceptions, becoming just the second Razorback to pass for 3,000 yards in a season and leading the SEC with the eighth-highest single-season passing yards total in conference history. He also led the SEC in total offense per game, completions and pass efficiency rating. Wilson's attempt-to-interceptions ratio of 1:73 was the third-best in SEC history with a minimum of 300 attempts and the fourth-best in conference history with a minimum of 200 attempts. - Arkansas football
07/18/2012 - Wilson was a relative unknown last summer while battling Brandon Mitchell for the starting job. His only significant exposure had come during a four-touchdown performance in 2010 against eventual national champion Auburn while replacing an injured Mallett. Still, Wilson was invited to serve as a camp counselor at last year's Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana. It was an invite that helped Wilson assess his talent against some of the other top college quarterbacks. Wilson served as a counselor at the camp again last week, this time as an established veteran. He also used the opportunity to measure himself against quarterbacks such as USC's Matt Barkley. Wilson came away full of confidence. ''There's nothing like being a senior,'' Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said about Wilson. ''It gives you a little kind of added swagger, I think, and I think he'll have a really good year. I certainly see the talent in him. I certainly see him being a big NFL prospect, as well.'' The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Wilson considered leaving Arkansas after last season for the NFL. He won't say where he was projected to be drafted had he left the Razorbacks after his junior season. The closest he will come is to say he received a ''pretty good projection, and I had a feeling deep down inside I could have went high.'' What Wilson will say is that he never regretted his decision to return to school, even following the Petrino saga. He was confident in his decision when he made it, just as he is confident in Arkansas' chances at competing for SEC and national championships this season. Wilson has come a long way in the last year, and his teammates have taken notice. - AP Sports
07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, QB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Wilson is the only Razorback in school history to be named first-team All-SEC quarterback, an honor he earned in 2011 after leading Arkansas to a school-record-tying 11 wins in his first season as a starter. The senior from Greenwood, Ark., holds nine school records, including career completion percentage, and has produced three of the top-five single-game completions marks in school history. He finished the 2011 season 277-of-438 passing for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns with six interceptions, becoming just the second Razorback to pass for 3,000 yards in a season and leading the SEC with the eighth-highest single-season passing yards total in conference history. In addition to being a first-team All-SEC selection, he also was a finalist for the Manning Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award and the Offensive MVP of Arkansas' AT&T Cotton Bowl defeat of No. 11 Kansas State. - Arkansas football
05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 17. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: Blessed with a strong arm, good mobility and the toughness to take a shot and still deliver passes, there is a lot to like about the Arkansas quarterback. Scouts would be wise to take a wait-and-see approach with Wilson as he acclimates to John L. Smith's offense after starring in Bobby Petrino's wide-open attack and being aided by a supremely gifted receiving corps that included Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs, each of whom was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
05/14/2012 - 2012 OUTLOOK: Considering Arkansas' only two losses were to Alabama and LSU in 2011, it's not all that farfetched to see the Razorbacks as not only an SEC challenger but a BCS contender as well. With an improved running game, the offense doesn't figure to suffer, especially with veteran QB Tyler Wilson pulling the trigger. The key will be the defensive effort. SCOUTING THE ARKANSAS OFFENSE: The running attack figures to pick up from the 137 yards a game it averaged last season, which should make up for the loss of WRs Jarius Wright and Joe Adams. And it's not like Wilson will be without any experienced targets to throw to with Cobi Hamilton (34 catches, 542 yards) returning. RBs Knile Davis, Dennis Johnson, and Ronnie Wingo also are capable receivers. - The Sports Xchange
05/07/2012 - Tyler Wilson's development as a quarterback has included hours of film study of how NFL greats play the position. Wilson has also found himself noting things as simple as how the pros carry themselves walking into a room. Wilson got the chance for in-person viewing last summer working as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy. He has the opportunity to go back in July, depending on his schedule. Attending gives Wilson a chance to interact with current and former NFL quarterbacks like Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, plus others who are heavily involved in the game. It's a great learning experience beyond Xs and Os, Wilson said. "You watch how they walk in a room. What kind of presence they have," Wilson said. "If any of that stuff can rub off on me, give me a chance to bring it back here, it gives me a chance to be successful. That's a good opportunity." Wilson took advantage of the opportunity last summer and would like to go back if possible. He had yet to compare dates with what he might already have scheduled July 12-15. Typically, the top college quarterbacks in the country are extended an invite from the Manning family, which began the academy 17 years ago. A return trip to the academy, held in Thibodaux, La. at Nichols State, would give Wilson additional time to interact with the Manning family and others like ESPN analyst and ???QB Camp' host Jon Gruden. "It's a Who's Who of football," Wilson said. "You're there building relationships and making connections. That's a huge plus. Anytime you're around those guys and used to them, get over any feeling of being star struck, it's good." - Chris Bahn, ArkansasSports360