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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:22 pm    Post subject: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas Reply with quote


Tyler Wilson
Position : QB
College : Arkansas Razorbacks
Class : Senior
Height : 6'-2"
Weight : 220 lbs.
40 yard dash : 4.87 (estimated)

Tyler Wilson Arkansas Razorback Official Bio

2012 Statistics (through 4 games)
Passing attempts : 145
Passing completions : 79
Completion % : 54.5
Passing yards : 1355
Average per completion : 17.15
Passing touchdowns : 9
Interceptions : 5
Rating : 146.56
Rushing attempts : 8
Rushing yards : -3

2011 Statistics (13 games)
Passing attempts : 438
Passing completions : 277
Completion % : 63.2
Passing yards : 3638
Average per completion : 13.13
Passing touchdowns : 24
Interceptions : 6
Rating : 148.35
Rushing attempts : 60
Rushing yards : -3
Rushing touchdowns : 4

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Overview

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 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 Bobby Petrino's offense, he certainly has demonstrated the skill-set necessary to transfer his success to the NFL.



Analysis

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 John L. 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

10/01/12 - 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

09/25/12 - 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

09/24/12 - 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

09/20/12 - 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

09/19/12 - 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

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This year has been a real struggle for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Tyler Wilson definitely hasn't had the year so far that many expected. I want to get some opinions on why Wilson has struggled. Some people questioned how the team and specifically the offense would perform without Bobby Petrino at the helm.

The Razorback defense is a sieve, their offensive line is playing poorly, and Knile Davis doesn't seem to be back to 100% after his injury.
Is Wilson trying to do too much on the field to compensate for all of the issues on the field? His mobility, accuracy, and arm strength are evident. When he presses he makes mistakes. Where do you think Wilson could end up after post season workouts? There is alot of season left to play, but considering the results so far, in your opinion is Wilson still a solid 1st round grade quarterback prospect or could you see him sliding into the top of the second round?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im still amazed at how many hits he takes each game. I hope he doesn't get hurt again...i do think he is starting to get a little gunshy and releasing passes early but im sure if he has a good line in the NFL that will get better. His release point seems to have changed this year and he's releasing it lower...probably a result of no bobby petrino to fix it. It just hasnt been a very good year for many razorbacks compared to last year. He has all the tools though and should be a pretty safe pick imo. you can tell he still has some throws that make you say "WOW"
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gohogs14 wrote:
Im still amazed at how many hits he takes each game. I hope he doesn't get hurt again...i do think he is starting to get a little gunshy and releasing passes early but im sure if he has a good line in the NFL that will get better. His release point seems to have changed this year and he's releasing it lower...probably a result of no bobby petrino to fix it. It just hasnt been a very good year for many razorbacks compared to last year. He has all the tools though and should be a pretty safe pick imo. you can tell he still has some throws that make you say "WOW"


I definitely agree. As a Chiefs fan I really like the idea of adding Wilson as our QBOTF. IMO he is the anti-Cassel. He has a really strong arm and like I mentioned, when he isn't pressing he is very accurate - and more importantly can hit the receiver in stride to allow them to gain yardage after the catch. I really think he is pressing alot and trying to hit the home run alot because the team has little to no confidence in the defense. Plus as you said he is getting hit constantly. But I do like how he is willing to stand in the pocket and make the throw.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2nd best QB available in the draft, after Geno Smith. Tough, gutsy leader, with great intangibles. Can make all the throws. Much like Barkley he's going to measure in slightly under 6'2" at the combine.
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Tannehill is a wide receiver... Wilson is the midget Seahawks QB who I absolutely wouldn't have drafted
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Yeah i think he ends up on the chiefs or bills...there are quite a few chiefs fans here who would like that. Dont know how that would work with the mcfadden fans in the same division haha.
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