Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is frustrated. Tonight, he made that known.
After a 52-0 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide, Wilson took his thoughts to the postgame press conference. His words were immediately put all over social media, including these tweets from Ray Glier, a freelance journalist for USA Today, the Miami Herald and the Boston Globe:
Tyler Wilson marched in sat there for 67 seconds called his teammates quitters and marched out. Alfred Davis backed him up.— RAY GLIER (@RAYGLIER) September 16, 2012
Once again, Wilson marched in and ranted and called teammates quitters. He was there 67 seconds, & said he had to be a leader. It's a fact.— RAY GLIER (@RAYGLIER) September 16, 2012
To be fair, here are Wilson's full comments, provided courtesy of Arkansas' sports information department and posted on Rivals.com:
I’ll start with the football game. First of all, it wasn’t very pretty to watch. It wasn’t pretty to sit on the sideline and watch as a player, it sucks I can’t do anything about it. Do I feel that we, at times, gave up out there? Absolutely. As a leader it sucks to see people not do their jobs and to see things go wrong, there has been a lot of things go that way.
As a leader, at this point you have to look forward. There has been a lot of people jump off of the bandwagon and it is my job to keep everyone in this organization and this team in that locker room together. I am going to make sure of it going forward. We’ve got a big game against Rutgers next week. I am going to do everything in my power to be a part of it and be the starting quarterback when we run out onto the field. And most importantly, get a win. You have to start with one before you can get the rest of them. I give you my word, I am going to do the best I can to make that happen.
Wilson clearly wasn't trying to be harsh. From my perspective, his intentions were to convey his frustration and disappointment, not only in his team but in his inability to play. The starting quarterback was on the sideline tonight after a head injury in last week's Louisiana-Monroe matchup kept him from being cleared to play, according to Yahoo! Sports.
What Wilson's comments show are a much larger issue with the Arkansas football program. When a quarterback feels so compelled to step in front of the media and share quite as much as he did, it makes those watching wonder if things are crumbling under the foundation.
Now 1-2 to start the season, with losses to both the Warhawks and Crimson Tide, the Arkansas program is definitely in a state of limbo.
Whether or not Wilson should have made the comments he did in such a public setting, it still shines light on a potentially larger problem. Will the Razorbacks move forward from this or will the team ultimately continue to crumble in the SEC?
If Wilson has his way, the current trend won't continue. However, if his team has truly quit, can the quarterback really fight on alone?
Time will only tell for Arkansas.