Texas A&M vs Arkansas: Is Tyler Wilson Legit or Just a Big Numbers Guy?

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst IOctober 1, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Quarterback Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks throws against the Texas A&M Aggies at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Last season, Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson only threw for 453 yards all year.  

In 2011, the Razorback did that in his first two games.  Through five games, Wilson has about 1,500 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, and three interceptions. 

Not bad for a guy who had only thrown 67 passes in his first three seasons of college ball.  

His completion rate of nearly 70 percent (69.9) also speaks highly of how well Wilson is playing this season.  The question remains: Is Wilson the real deal?

Given the fact that no one else in this Arkansas offense has any statistics to brag about, it seems to be a pretty clear cut yes.  

Running backs Ronnie Wingo, Jr. and Kody Walker have 328 rushing yards combined this season (granted with seven touchdowns), so it seems pretty clear that this Arkansas team does not run the ball unless they are at the goal line.  

No wide receiver has more than 21 catches (Joe Adams) or over 271 yards (Cobi Hamilton), so it's not like Wilson has an elite receiving core that would make anyone look good.  

Wilson has also been incredibly clutch this season, most notably in the Week 5 victory over Texas A&M where the Razorbacks trailed by 18 at halftime. Wilson eclipsed a school-record by throwing for 510 passing yards and hooked up with wide receiver Jarius Wright 13 times for 281 yards.

His accuracy has also been very solid, in the sense of both finding the open receiver and rarely turning over the ball to the defense. 

Is Wilson ready for the NFL next year? Probably not, but he can return to Arkansas in 2012 and if he continues to put up the number he is now, he could easily be a Top 5 college football quarterback.