As we slog into Day 5 of the Tyler Wilson Watch, there was what could be a significant development as it pertains to the Arkansas quarterback, although not a very promising one for the starter’s availability Saturday vs. No. 1 Alabama.
Wilson returned to practice for the first time Wednesday since suffering a head injury in the upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe Saturday, and head coach John L. Smith said at the time that, while no medical decision had been made, he had his “fingers crossed” that the quarterback would be available this weekend.
A day later, Smith was decidedly less optimistic.
Smith said Wilson did not practice Thursday — no explanation other than “he was busy” was given — and the coach said he had “no answers” as to the senior’s status for the Razorbacks’ SEC opener.
Smith did, though, offer up a timeline on whether Wilson will play.
“I would expect the latest some word [Friday] morning,” Smith said, adding, ” a decision has to be made.”
If Wilson, as it appears more and more likely, is unable to go, he would likely be replaced by Brandon Allen.
The redshirt freshman replaced Wilson at the start of the second half of the ULM loss and, while he threw a touchdown pass on his first drive of the third quarter, the Razorbacks could not find the end zone the rest of the game. Allen completed 2-of-3 passes for 60 yards on that first drive; after that, the backup completed just three of his last 16 attempts for a meager 25 yards and an interception.