by Chris Bahn
Posted 11/8/2011 09:00 pm
Updated 3 years ago
News and notes from Tuesday’s Arkansas football media availability…
I. Record In Reach
One of the byproducts of Arkansas’ offensive system is the way it showcases different players from week-to-week. Any wide receiver is capable of a big game and often the go-to for the Razorbacks changes by game.
There might be no better example than the fact Joe Adams and Jarius Wright are each closing in on the career receptions record for the Razorbacks. Adams ranks No. 3 on the career receptions list at Arkansas with 151. Wright is right behind him at 150.
Either — or both — could break Anthony Eubanks’ No. 153 on Saturday against Tennessee. D.J. Williams, a 2011 draft pick by the Green Bay Packers, is No. 2 on the list at 152.
“They step up, make big plays. You see that all the time,” Coach Bobby Petrino said. “You see that with Joe. You see that with Jarius. The thing I’m so proud of them this year is how well they’ve done on the sideline with their competitive spirit, their leadership and bringing out the best in everybody else.”
Adams and Wright have helped bring out the best in each other. They have pushed each other since arriving on campus in 2008 and their competition remains friendly, rather than one that fractures.
“It's all about getting a win,” Wright said. “We are not selfish receivers. We are good friends. So there are no problems there.”
Adams echoed that sentiment. He said he hasn’t been lobbying for additional attention from Wilson.
“I could, but that would be selfish,” Adams said. “I’m not a selfish guy. ... We’re just going to work hard to get each other open.”
Adams has gotten his 151 catches as an explosive playmaker. He’s adept at getting yards after the catch, turning short passes into long gains.
Wright has arguably been the steadiest of the Razorbacks’ receivers, using precision routes and sure hands to pile up his 150 catches. Wright is second in receiving yards at 2,629 for his career.
Tyler Wilson joked he’s got a plan for how to handle the duo on Saturday. He’ll get three to Adams, then four to Wright. That would get both of them the record.
Kidding aside, Wilson said he’ll do what he always does. Whoever the offense gets open, he’ll throw to.
“I’m going to throw it to who is open,” Wilson said. “Whoever gets the record first gets it. Hopefully they’re both going to surpass it. I have to buy the other one dinner after, I guess.”
II. Tyler Wilson Day
Forget award watch lists. Is there a better sign Tyler Wilson has arrived than the declaration of Nov. 8 as “Tyler Wilson Day” in his hometown?
Wilson, who has thrown for 2,626 yards with 15 touchdowns, was honored in Greenwood on Tuesday. He said he is the second quarterback from Greenwood High to earn the distinction, joining former Miami signee Daniel Stegall with that honor.
“I guess my time is now,” Wilson said. “It’s kind of funny. You don’t ever really think about that.”
III. Showing Improvement
Arkansas’ offensive line didn’t hit its goal of not allowing a sack against South Carolina. Beyond that, guard Grant Cook was pleased with how the unit performed and the direction they’re headed.
Entering the game the Gamecocks had tallied 16 sacks. A week earlier the Razorbacks had allowed three sacks against Vanderbilt.
“We took a huge stride the other night,” Cook said. “… We came in and really worked hard last week with the technique issues that were apparent, obviously, at Vanderbilt. We did a good job of cleaning that up and coming and knowing our assignments and making sure we got the job done.”
“You pat a guy on the tail and keep moving. Just keep his head up. That’s the way I’ve always been coached. Well, that’s the way I’ve always felt about being coached, rallying around people. That’s how I’d like to be handled.”
—Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson on how he handled drops by Cobi Hamilton and Ronnie Wingo against South Carolina. Both passes would have been touchdowns.