Bahn: Wilson Ends Spring With Full Command Of Offense, Razorback Locker Room

by Chris Bahn  on Saturday, Apr. 21, 2012 10:11 pm  

Tyler Wilson has been great on the field and in the locker room for Arkansas this spring. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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All eyes were on Tyler Wilson.

Wilson stood in front of his Arkansas teammates and delivered the pregame talk Saturday on the turf at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. His message was one that traditionally would have been delivered by the head coach.

Instead, it was the senior quarterback offering the final words before what would eventually go down as Red 65, White 0 in the Arkansas spring game.

Perhaps the Razorbacks are without Bobby Petrino. They are not, however, without leadership during a very difficult spring.

Petrino was fired on April 10. As the search for a replacement nears the two week mark, Wilson has repeatedly filled the void.

Teammates and coaches have marveled at the way Wilson has handled himself this spring. It’s not just the 31 of 41 passes he completed for 467 yards in the Red-White game, but his willingness to take control amidst the chaos.

“He’s been on the practice field every day with a bounce in his step, with his chest up high and feeling real good about everything,” offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said. “That’s just carried over to everybody.”

Wilson has helped set the emotional and mental tone for the days that have followed Bobby Petrino’s dismissal.

It was Wilson who delivered a message to teammates after they heard the news. It was Wilson among the select Razorbacks who met with Athletic Director Jeff Long to serve as ambassadors for the team.

And it was Wilson who turned in the best on-field spring of any Razorback. He displayed great command of the offense and only seemed to get stronger in a situation that threatened to weaken the team’s stability.

Believe it or not, the Razorbacks barely noticed a difference without Bobby Petrino on Saturday, according to Knile Davis, also a key figure for the team this spring.

“We know what to do. We're grown men,” Davis said. “We know how to get out there and take of our business. We did that.”

Wilson especially.



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