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Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson cleared to play against Rutgers

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Speaking of injury news, Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has been cleared to play this Saturday against Rutgers, Razorbacks coach John L. Smith said on Thursday. Wilson has been recovering from a concussion that knocked him out of a Week 2 loss to Louisiana-Monroe.

“I think they’re fired up about that,” Smith said about his team. “They realize, ‘Gosh, the whole week of practice, it’s not for naught. He’s really going to be out there.’ … That energy. That postiveness. That vocal person that we need. His energy and that postiveness, it just kind of breeds and it keeps going and it spirals and that’s what we need.”

Wilson has been listed as day-to-day since being knocked out, but practiced this week. He was unable to go in last week’s 52-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama, after which Wilson told reporters  “Do I feel we gave up? Absolutely.”

Wilson has 563 passing yards and 5 touchdowns this season, and the Hogs have outscored their opponents 70-31 with him in the starting lineup (as compared to being outscored 79-10 without him.) Part of that — okay, all of it — has to do with which teams have been lining up on the other side of the ball, but suffice to say that Arkansas will be glad to have Wilson back.

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15 Responses to “Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson cleared to play against Rutgers”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 20, 2012 6:41 PM

    I know that is good news for the Arkansas Razorbacks, their coaches, and fans. It probably is not good for the teams who face the Razorbacks for the remainder of this season. There is no doubt, proven by recent games, and half of game, that the Razorbacks are MUCH more effective with Tyler than without him.

    Now, I hope Coach John L. will forget about his financial distress long enough to be able to design a better protection scheme for Tyler, even if it is keeping a back nearby to specifically protect Tyler. Opposing defenses will not cease targeting Tyler, as they do all QBs. Arkansas’ offense much protect him MUCH better.

  2. timh1955 says: Sep 20, 2012 9:28 PM

    Glad he’s back! He’s a great QB and Arkansas will do great the rest of the season.


  3. pdcooper08 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:25 AM

    As well, I am glad T. Wilson will be returning this weekend. I enjoy watching good Quarterback play and he is one of the better in the nation. I’m sure the team will come out pissed off Saturday, so I look for them to roll it up on Rutgers.

    And SouthernPatriot is right. Let’s hope the Offensive coaches can put together some blocking schemes which prevent Tyler from taking on any excessive punishment.

    I’m sure there opponents the rest of the season will be shooting to knock him out. Let’s pray that that doesn’t happen here. I’d like to see him stay healthy and watch him rack up some stats.

  4. gfj7000 says: Sep 21, 2012 11:17 AM

    I think many of us who have seen the problems Arkansas has weathered since the Petrino disaster, John Smith’s financial woes, and the concussion to Wilson, I too (like southernpatriots comment above) hope that the offensive line will work double-time with much aggression to protect their valued leader from any more major injuries or set-backs. It’s always good to see that no major injuries slant a game like the LA-Monroe disaster, and that ‘now the real/ complete’ Arkansas team can compete with ALL necessary players to prove how good they really are! Best of luck and safety to Wilson, and to Mr. Smith; hope his financial distress doesn’t impact his coaching ability, as he is a sensitive and ‘highly watched’ fill-in replacement for Mr. Petrino. I hope the Razorback fans rise to the occasion in welcoming Wilson back this weekend!!

  5. foreverlsu says: Sep 21, 2012 12:50 PM

    @gfj7000 – Are you serious? Blaming the loss to ULM on Tyler Wilson’s injury? An SEC school should never lose to ULM, injuries or not. What a loser mentality to make such an excuse. ULM had nearly 600 yards of offense, which had very little to do with the injury. Blame Petrino for not signing better o-lineman or any relevant defensive players. What a joke.

    Not concerned in the least or John L. Smith and his financial distress or Petrino’s stupidity. More concerned for those defrauded by him. How could Smith possibly be $25 million in debt?

    Smith and Petrino’s problems are self-inflicted and Arkansas deserve no pity.

  6. mrslay1 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:58 PM

    With Wilson back the Hogs should win out till LSU. A lot of things can happen during a season like growing up for a lot of players. It will be interesting to see how the OL and DF developes over that time.

  7. pdcooper08 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:02 PM

    I watched the ULM game and I don’t want to take anything away from what they did then or last week. It was clear in the first half when T. Wilson was in the game that they had control of it. Do you think if he would have continued and finished the game, that Arkansas Offensive would have been more productive and therefore scored more and used more of there clock. I got to believe the out come would have been different. Therefore the Defense would not have been left out on the field all day while the new QB led Offense continued to go 3 and out. UA’s defense at this point leaves a lot to be desired, but Could it be that maybe ULMis a pretty good team this year and deserves more credit. Will see tonight. If they Handel Baylor, I got to give them more respect.

  8. tigersgeaux says: Sep 21, 2012 4:36 PM


    Absolutely. Like southernpatriots have often posted…be careful when you are logical and have good reasoning, some posters won’t like it. Watched the same game, came to the same conclusion.

    I think with Tyler they will give Baylor all they can handle, though I would feel better about their chances if they had a defense.

  9. mrslay1 says: Sep 21, 2012 4:46 PM

    Actually it’s Rutgers this week. Baylor plays ULM. You are correct though. Tyler Wilson was already the leader of the team, but after the Petrino mess he has become the heartbeat. With him in the game we were up 21-7. He went out and it was 24-7 ULM. When Wilson plays he is half of the DF with the way he runs the offense. Just like P Manning only at the college level. The Hogs will be a different team this week.

  10. mrslay1 says: Sep 21, 2012 5:15 PM

    Very sorry for coach JL Smith and his family for the loss of his brother!

  11. gohogsbill says: Sep 21, 2012 11:29 PM

    We’ll see what comes to pass
    Keep Wilson off his ass
    D players now in the right spot
    These Hogs can get hot
    True Hog fans never go away
    Calling Woo Pig Sooie all day
    The Nights will see the hogs best
    This week we pass the test
    Look out to the rest of the SEC
    Wilson makes them the best they can be

    GO HOGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Recruiterpoet - Professionalism With Flare says: Sep 22, 2012 12:12 AM

    Clearly none of you have seen Rutgers defense. You are expecting a lot from a QB that just got cleared a day ago. Don’t set your expectations too high on a Razorback win.

  13. abrellbama says: Sep 22, 2012 12:53 AM

    After watching the Baylor/ULM game, I will have to say that ULM is a pretty good team to be in the Sun Belt. They actually have some pretty decent teams in that league. Western Kentucky played Alabama and Bama beat them 35-0 and the very next week, WKU beat Kentucky 32-31. ULM gave Auburn a really good game. Troy gave Miss State all it could handle. FAU put 20 points on Georgia. These Sun Belt teams are bringing their A+ games and you have to give them some credit. No team should actually take one of these teams for granted anymore because they can sneak up on you and win it if you aren’t careful. I do believe had Tyler Wilson stayed in the game, Arkansas would have won the game but he was injured. It is just too bad that Arkansas has such a terrible defense. They took a step back in defense this year.

  14. southernpatriots says: Sep 22, 2012 6:52 PM

    Just saw a good interview with Coach John L. He was trying to be positive and uplifting amidst all the challenges he recently experienced (real estate investments resulting in bankruptcy; death of his brother, and injury of his QB, among others).

    The good news…return of Tyler Wilson to practice and to the game. Coach John L. said the only thing for the team to do now was to “…execute the game plan and protect him!” Good words.

    Now I want to see it happen. If John L. and his coaching staff have installed and practiced a new blocking scheme to protect Tyler better, then I will give a sigh of relief.

    Ole Miss gets wiped out by Texas last week and wipes out Tulane this week. What a disparity in the quality of opponents, that’s for sure.

  15. gohogsbill says: Sep 27, 2012 11:13 PM

    My poem was right about one thing
    True Hog fans never go away
    The Nights made the D bell ring
    Wilson was rusty 2 ints , only 400yds on the day
    Now this week we’ve got A&M on our test
    Aggie’s D leads the nation in sacks
    The O line will have to play their best
    We”ll have to keep Wilson safe from their attacks
    You play the game on the field not on paper
    That will be a good thing for the Hogs
    So in this game the D needs to be oh so clever
    And not look like they just fell off some logs
    A true Razorback is always a cheering Hog fan
    Even in the darkest days we’ve ever seen
    A hog’s heart that’s the biggest in the land
    But a hope this week that this game isn’t obscene

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