For those hanging their hats on Tyler Wilson making a surprise appearance, leading the Hogs to victory, save your hopes for another day.
It isn’t going to happen. ESPN’s Chris Low is reporting that Wilson will not play against Alabama.
The young man received an apparent concussion in last week’s game with Louisiana Monroe, and truthfully it was probably the best thing that could’ve happened to him.
Tyler Wilson is a talented quarterback with a bright future ahead of him. We first saw flashes of his ability in 2010 in relief of Ryan Mallett. He nearly led the Hogs to victory in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Predictable questionable officiating (when have we ever heard of that in Jordan-Hare?) changed that game, or else Wilson would’ve emerged as the hero.
But it wouldn’t have mattered if Wilson was 100% for this game or not, the result would still be the same. The only difference his presence makes is in the margin of victory, and perhaps Alabama’s strength of schedule as it barrels through the grind of SEC play.
Arkansas interim clown John L. Smith has played the shell game with us all week, asking us to guess under which shell lies the truth. But common sense tells you, you don’t put a concussed quarterback in the game against a Nick Saban defense, especially one who hasn’t practiced all week. Let Wilson face the complexities of these kind of defensive challenges next year, when he has a cleared head and is getting paid.
Tyler Wilson wouldn’t have been on the field to stop Bama’s offense from doing what it’s going to do tomorrow. The Hogs gave up 24 points at home to Jacksonville freaking State. And we saw what the Warhawks did to them last Saturday. Are you telling me those UAB-like teams have better athletes on the offensive side of the ball than Alabama?
With his absence there will be much talk of the what-ifs, but the true talk should still center around a selfish, horny head coach who shacked up with a coed when he should’ve kept his nose to the grindstone (instead of something else), earning the millions that the University of Arkansas was paying him to make them the best they could be. You have to wonder what he might have seen to prevent Arkansas’ talented quarterback from being pulverized last Saturday night.
We’ll never know. But what we do know is this: Arkansas needs Tyler Wilson more than Tyler Wilson needs Arkansas. And if they hope to make noise this season, they need to let him sit tomorrow and clear the noise between his ears for another week.