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Tyler Wilson didn’t practice, ‘no answers’ for availability vs. Tide

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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.

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4 Responses to “Tyler Wilson didn’t practice, ‘no answers’ for availability vs. Tide”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 14, 2012 8:15 AM

    “Tyler Wilson didn’t practice”–of course he didn’t, he has suffered a head injury and needs more time to recuperate.

    “‘no answers’ for availability vs. Tide”–of course, there is the prudent answer, there is the answer which would protect Tyler and his health and his future, that answer is easy–he will not play vs. the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    Nothing about this is difficult. Protect Tyler Wilson. Protect his health, protect his future. Keep him out of the game.

    If the OL could not protect Tyler from the UL-Monroe defensive rush, how does anyone in all creation think the OL will protect Tyler against one of the very best defenses in college football?

    Normally, I would say, “This is not brain surgery” but if the coaches allow or persuade Tyler to play, if may well be brain surgery, to release pressure on his brain. I am sure Razorback fans have telephoned the Arkansas football department and have left messages of well wishes, prayers, and support for Tyler. It would also be appropriate to leave a short message that you want Tyler’s health and future considered, not to play against the Tide.

  2. normtide says: Sep 14, 2012 10:12 AM

    I think this is cat and mouse. He won’t play but they want to make bama prepare for both qb’s. Which if actually pretty smart.

  3. woebegong says: Sep 14, 2012 12:39 PM

    I don’t think the Arkansas coach is fooling anybody with the cat and mouse game. It is almost like the worst kept secret around.
    Mark Richt and staff have tried to do the same thing with the suspension of their players, but as fans of UGA know, the suspension policy is set by the AD and administration, and I don’t recall any deviation of that policy over the last 10 years at least. If you are guilty, you will serve your time, riding the pine.
    Norm. I doubt Saban is falling for this ploy anymore than teams would bite at UGA’s worst kept secret either.
    It is just as well to allow this young man to take the time to get his brain unscrambled, rather than send him in, too quickly. He may be a big part of their team, but in the end, Arkansas is missing too many pieces of the puzzle to be a real contender in the SEC West this year. Petrino left a team, with as usual a good offense, but major problems on defense. The temp. coach they have now, hasn’t got a chance of finding a defense this year.

  4. mrslay1 says: Sep 14, 2012 2:26 PM

    It will be a interesting game. I know nobody gives the Hogs a chance, but nobody gave La. Monroe a chance. Anything can happen on a given Sat. The Hogs built a team for the SEC and are much bigger and stronger they most think. Watching the film you can see their problems are just plain execution. If they can get that right it might just turn out to be a ballgame. I know Bama is one of the 2 best teams in football, (with LSU) but sometimes crazy things happen.

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