SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2012, and we’re not stopping until we get to that sexy No. 1. We don’t just rank stats or project players at the next level based on athletic superiority, but we rank players based on the season they had in 2012. I know you’ll agree with every single one…
No. 23 – Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
2012 Stats: 249 of 401 (62.1%) with 3,387 yards, 21 TDs and 13 INTs
Why he’s worthy: Arkansas didn’t have the type of year everyone imagined after their star quarterback Tyler Wilson announced he would return for his senior season. After all, he had one of the finest game day play callers in the country in Bobby Petrino. But it all went south, fast, in a series of events that are almost as bizarre as the Manti Te’o hoax in which the head Hog wrecked his hog and the Razorbacks’ season.
Wilson was injured the second game of the season against Louisiana-Monroe, which contributed to the biggest shock of the early season, where he suffered a concussion and missed the one game he returned to play: Alabama. But he lit it up after that.
To add to the pressure on Wilson, Knile Davis didn’t show up to give the Hogs a balance in the running game. So, in order to stop Arkansas’ offense, you stop Tyler Wilson. Even Peyton Manning would have trouble with a one-dimensional offense like that.
Wilson finished fourth in the SEC in passing with 3,387 yards and sixth in touchdowns. And while the season as a whole was a major letdown, Wilson left it all out on the field. He was abused by defensive linemen and had a limited amount of options with just one receiver who could stretch the field in Cobi Hamilton. However, his toughness really showed through his battered and beaten body.
Wilson broke Ryan Mallett’s passing record with 7,495 passing yards to cement his legacy in Razorback history. He became just the fourth in school history to eclipse 3,000 yards of total offense in multiple seasons.
Wilson was one of two bright spots in an otherwise forgettable season for the Razorbacks.
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