Bahn: Hogs' Tyler Wilson Has A Read On Paul Petrino After They Team For Big Spring

by Chris Bahn  on Tuesday, May. 22, 2012 4:30 pm  

Tyler Wilson credits his relationship with Paul Petrino for aiding his growth and development this spring. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

Rarely does anything good come from a quarterback making an incorrect read. It’s often a turnover or a wasted play waiting to happen.

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson learned this spring there are occasions when a poor assessment actually leads to something promising. There are times where getting it wrong is the best possible outcome.

Wilson is reminded of that lesson when discussing his relationship with offensive coordinator Paul Petrino. When Petrino was hired in December, Wilson was skeptical.

It was difficult for Wilson to imagine a smooth transition. How wrong he's turned out to be. And how happy the Heisman hopeful is to have been wrong.

“Originally I wondered about it, I didn’t know how it would be, but we work really well together,” Wilson said. “There’s a communication level, a comfort level that is there. It’s hard to describe.”

Perhaps Wilson can’t do the relationship justice with words. His spring practice performance provides as good an explanation as any of how well he and Petrino fit.

It’s well documented the sort of spring Wilson had. He threw no interceptions in scrimmages and capped April by completing 31 of 41 passes for 467 yards with two touchdowns in the Red-White game.

Much of the credit, Wilson said, goes to his new offensive coordinator and position coach. He and Petrino have known of each other since December 2007, but had just a surface familiarity until last December.

It was prior to the Cotton Bowl that Petrino rejoined the Arkansas staff after two years at Illinois. He was hired as offensive coordinator, a role he’d served before, but instead of wide receivers Petrino’s assignment was quarterbacks.

Memories of Petrino’s first tour of duty in Fayetteville included him running downfield after receivers, screaming “encouragements” into their ears. Wilson expected more of the same from Petrino and wondered how that would mesh with his own more laid-back personality.

Then the two began to bond over a shared interest in breaking down video. Wilson was often in the film room trying to improve and Petrino was there trying to reintroduce himself to the team and fill up any spare time he had while waiting for his wife and kids to make the move from Illinois.

“There was a lot of time when my family wasn’t here, so we spent a lot of time together,” Petrino said. “We found out we communicate real well with each other. We just have a, I’m not sure how you word it, but we definitely have a good working relationship.



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