Razorbacks name Tyler Wilson starting QB for season opener

FAYETTEVILLE (NWAOnline.com) - To little surprise, Arkansas named Tyler Wilson its starting quarterback Thursday.

Wilson, a redshirt junior, had been thought to be the inevitable starter when the Razorbacks began the season against Missouri State on Sept. 3, but Razorbacks coaches waited to name a starter to maximize competition at the position in practice.

Wilson worked with the first team offense during spring drills and again all through this preseason.

"I feel like he's the one who deserves it," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "He has prepared hard and has done a good job in practice. He's done a good job with his leadership."

Wilson has been especially impressive in a pair of scrimmages this preseason. He completed 16 of 20 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns in a scrimmage Aug. 11.

Last Thursday, Wilson connected on 22 of 28 pass attempts for 391 yards and a "few touchdowns". That scrimmage was closed to the public.

"You just start to feel comfortable and you just start to get it," Wilson said. "All these reps in fall camp start to pay off, too. You start learning the details of the position and your accuracy increases with that."