Posted by Adam Butler on October 24, 2012
On Monday, the 2012 Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist list was released, naming the nation’s 16 best QBs based on “quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship”. Tyler Wilson was inexplicably absent.
In light of the snub, I feel compelled to highlight how well Tyler is performing as a player/coach for the Hogs this season.
While the folks at The Fort Worth Club may not think much of Wilson’s performance this year, he continues to display the talent and skill that make him a probable 1st round draft pick.
Tyler is putting up a statistical performance on par with any in program history. So far this year, playing in essentially 5 games due to missing the 2nd halves of the ULM (injury) and Kentucky (rain) games, Wilson is on pace to surpass his production from last year.
Let that sink in. Due to an injury-riddled defense and rushing production that landed in the bottom 1/3 of the FBS, the Razorbacks leaned heavily on Tyler in 2011 to lead them to an 11-2 record.
He passed for 3,638 yards in 2011 and is currently on pace for 3,886 this year. Wilson is currently 6th in yards per game in the NCAA and makes up of 65% of the Arkansas offense this year (the exact same % as 2011).
Season marks :
· 3,886 would give Wilson the top passing yardage season UA history;
· 3,886 would give Wilson the 3rd best passing yardage season in SEC history;
· Wilson’s current pace would give him 8,195 career passing yards, which would put him 702 yards ahead of Ryan Mallett’s current school mark of 7,493; and
· 8,195 would put Wilson in the 18th spot for career passing yards in the SEC. Wilson is also on track to end up in the top 20 for TD passes in a season and in the top 20 all-time in career SEC TD tosses.
Here is a little perspective on just how horrible West Virginia’s defense has been so far in their inaugural BIG XII season – After 4 conference games, the WVU D has given up a total of 2,259 yards and 212 points.
That averages out to 53 points and 565 yards per game and an average of 7.68 yards per play.
By comparison, Alabama has given up 2,302 yards in the past 13 conference games (a 177-yard per game average going back to the 2011 Arkansas game) and 221 points in the past 19 conference games (an 11.6 points per game average going back to the 2010 Mississippi State game). Those conference games include the LSU BCSNC repeat game.