It has become cool to ridicule the former Hoover Buc QB. Callers on talk radio and some commentators have said Wilson isnâ€™t a good quarterback or is just average, and doesnâ€™t have the skills of other prominent SEC signal callers.
But what do the numbers say?
As a sophomore, Wilson was 216-of-379 for 2,707 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. During his first season as Alabamaâ€™s starting quarterback, he set school records for passing yards, pass attempts, touchdown passes and pass completions.
Compare those numbers to other SEC quarterbacks first seasons.
Eric Aingeâ€™s first season in 2004 saw the QB play in 9 games throwing for 1,452 yards, and he was 109-of-198 for 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
Floridaâ€™s national championship quarterback Chris Leakâ€™s first season was 2003. In his first season he was 190-of-320 for 2,435 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffelâ€™s first year in 1993 saw the Florida standout throw for 2,230 years on 159-of-273 passes with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
And just for reference, Steve Spurrierâ€™s senior season at Florida saw the legend throw for 2,012 yards on 179-of-291 with 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
Throwing out Peyton Manningâ€™s first season, letâ€™s use his second season (1995) as a starting point (since his second season saw him unquestionably leading the team.) He threw for 2,954 yards on 244-of-380 passes for 22 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. FYI, Manningâ€™s freshman season in 1994 saw the future Hall of Fame QB throw for 1,141 yards on 89-of-144 passes with 11 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
For some reason it has become hip to bash the Hoover quarterback; however, with a pathetic offensive line and a lackluster rushing attack, J.P. Wilson put together a strong rookie season. His numbers arenâ€™t spectacular, but for a quarterback putting making his first start, his numbers were impressive.