JAMES TYLER WILSON
University of Arkansas Razorbacks
Greenwood High School
Wilson is one of only a few Razorbacks passer to be named All-Southeastern Conference first-team (in 2011). He leaves the university with his name firmly imprinted in the school record books. Standing with elite company, He is one of two Razorbacks to attempt more than 900 passes (948) at the school and complete more than 500 throws (593). He is one of just three UA performers to complete more than 60% of his attempts (62.55) and gain over 7,000 aerial yards (7,765), while ranking fourth in school annals with 52 touchdown tosses, 56 touchdowns responsible for and 1,058 offensive plays.
His pass completions, pass percentage and passing yards all established school all-time records. His 277-of-438 passes, along with 498 plays participated in as a junior are all Arkansas season marks, as his 3,638 yards passing that year placed second on the UA annual record chart, followed by a 3,387-yard performance as a senior that rank fourth.
Wilson was a four-star prospect who joined the Arkansas program after a stellar career at Greenwood High School, where he was ranked as the ninth-best pro-style quarterback in the nation and fifth-best overall player in the state of Arkansas by Rivals.com. ESPN rated Wilson as the eighth-best quarterback recruit in the nation. He was also a two-time All-State and All-Conference selection, in addition to being recognized with the Landers Award, given to the state of Arkansas' top player during his final campaign.
Wilson led his team to its third straight state championship during his two years as a starter. During his three-year career, he threw for 8,226 yards with 94 touchdowns for the Bulldogs while completing 595-of-923 attempts (64.5%). He generated 4,222 yards and 50 scores behind 294-of-434 chances (67.7%) in 2006, followed by 294-of-473 throws (62.0%) for 3,939 yards and 43 touchdowns as a senior.
Wilson was also a standout pitcher at Greenwood High, where the two-time All-State and All-Conference pick added Gatorade Player of the Year accolades in both 2007 and ’08. He posted a 32-9 record with 386 strikeouts in 251.1 innings as a pitcher, including recording an 11-0 record with a 1.42 earned run average while striking out 92 batters in just 64 innings as a senior. He also batted .415 with four home runs, 14 doubles, and 30 RBI that campaign.
One of two quarterbacks on the 2007 Associated Press Super Team following his senior season, Wilson joined the University of Arkansas program in 2008, turning down scholarship offers from Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska. As a true freshman, he finished with one touchdown behind 11-of-22 passes for 69 yards.
During the 2009 schedule, he finished the season 22-of-36 with 218 yards and two touchdowns. In six contests, he hit on 34-of-51 passes (66.67%) for 453 yards and four touchdowns in 2010.
In 2011, Wilson went on to set school season-records while completing 277-of-438 throws (63.24%), establishing UA game records with 510 passing yards and 481 yards in total offense vs. Texas A&M. He set another game record when he completed 32 throws vs. Mississippi State, ending the schedule with 3,638 passing yards, the second-highest total in a season by a Razorback, en route to becoming Arkansas’ first passer to receive All-Southeastern Conference first-team recognition.
Wilson began the year with an explosive 367-yard performance that included three touchdown tosses vs. Jacksonville State. He threw for 419 yards while gaining 426 in total offense vs. Rutgers, both the second-best game totals in school history. Wilson would then set two more game records when he attempted 59 passes and was involved in 62 plays the next week vs. Texas A&M. He closed out his career with 31-of-52 passes and 61 total plays (all second-best on the UA game list), throwing for 359 yards vs. Louisiana State. For the year, he amassed 3,387 yards (fourth on the school season chart) with 21 touchdowns on 249-of-401 chances (62.09%) in 2012.
Wilson appeared in 37 games during his five seasons at Arkansas, starting the final 24 games he appeared in...Completed 593 passes, topping the previous UA career-record of 528 by Clint Stoerner (1996-99)…His 948 pass attempts are topped by only Stoerner’s 1,023 in school annals…His pass completion percentage of .6255 saw him join Ryan Mallett (.603; 2009-10) as the only Arkansas players to ever complete more than 60% of their attempts in a career…His 7,765 aerial yards bettered Mallett’s previous UA all-time mark of 7,493 yards. Stoerner (7,422) is the only other UA passer to throw for over 7,000 yards for the university…With 52 touchdown passes, Wilson joins Mallett (62), Stoerner (57) and Matt Jones (53; 2001-04) as the only player in UA annals with more than 50 scoring strikes…He participated in 1,058 offensive snaps (only other Razorbacks to play in more than 1,000 plays were Jones, with 1,137; Stoerner with 1,200 and Barry Lunney Jr., who was on the field for 1,192 plays from 1992-95)…Ranks second in school history with 7,721 yards in total offense, surpassed by only Matt Jones (8,392)…Responsible for 56 touchdowns, which rank behind Jones (77), Mallett (68) and Stoerner (62) in school history…Averaged 7.30 yards per offensive play. Only Mallett (8.07) and Jones (7.35) had a better average for Arkansas.
An All-American third-team preseason selection, Wilson started 11 games…The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist added Manning Award Stars of the Week, Davey O’Brien Honorable Mention QB of the Week and CFPA National Quarterback of the Week honors for his performance vs. Kentucky (23-of-31 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns)…Ranked second in the Southeastern Conference and 15th in the nation with an average of 308.55 yards per game in total offense…His 442 plays for a total of 3,394 yards both rank fourth on the school season-record chart…Completed 249-of-401 passes (62.09%) for 3,387 yards and 21 touchdowns, adding seven yards on 41 carries…Also recorded one solo tackle vs. Mississippi State…His pass completion percentage and touchdown passes both rank fifth on the UA annual record list, while his pass yardage and pass attempts placed fourth…His 249 completions are good for third on the school season-record chart, as Wilson had set that record with 277 pass completions in 2011 ands Ryan Mallett had 411 successful throws in 2010…Threw for over 300 yards in five contests, including 419 yards vs. Rutgers, the second-best game total by a UA performer, behind his own record 510-yard effort vs. Texas A&M in 2011…His 426 yards in total offense vs. Rutgers also rank second on the UA game list behind Wilson’s record 481 vs. Texas A&M in 2011…Set school game records with 59 pass attempts (29 completions for 373 yards and a score) and 62 total plays vs. Texas A&M, as his 52 pass attempts and 61 total plays vs. Louisiana State in the season finale are second on both of those charts (also second with 31 completions, good for 359 yards and a touchdown vs. the Tigers)…Ranks 10th on the game chart with 367 passing yards (behind 19-of-27 tries with three scores) in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State…His five touchdown passes (23-of-31 for 372 yards) vs. Kentucky tied the school game-record he now shares with Ryan Mallett (vs. Troy, Georgia and Mississippi State in 2009; and vs. Texas-El Paso in 2010).
The first quarterback in school history to earn All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors, Wilson was a semi-finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award and finalist for both the Manning Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award…Named AT&T/ESPN National Player of the Week for his record-shattering performance vs. Texas A&M, Wilson was also the recipient of the J. Curtis Sanford Cotton Bowl Offensive MVP Award after throwing for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-31 attempts in a 29-16 defeat of Kansas State…Wilson established school season-records by completing 277-of-438 passes (63.24%), good for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns during his junior year, topping the previous marks of 266 completions of 411 attempts by Ryan Mallett in 2010…His pass completion percentage of .6324 was the third-best in school annals for a season behind Mallett (.647 in 2010) and Kevin Scanlan (.662 in 1979)…Only Mallett (3,869 in 2010) threw for more yards in a season for UA than Wilson’s 3,638…His 24 touchdown passes placed fourth on the Razorbacks annual record chart…He set a school record when he attempted 184 passes without an interception (previous mark was 141 by Mallett in 2009)…Wilson’s 498 plays topped the previous school record of 461 by Mallett in 2009 and his 3,635 yards in total offense are surpassed by only Mallett (3,795 in 2010) on the UA annual record chart…Set a school record by completing 19 consecutive passes vs. Auburn (24-of-36 tries for 262 yards and two scores)…His 51 pass attempts vs. Texas A&M rank third on the school game-record list, as he completed 30 of those attempts (tied for fourth on the UA game chart) en route to throwing three touchdowns while setting game records with 510 yards passing and 481 yards in total offense vs. the Aggies (previous records were 409 passing yards by Ryan Mallett vs. Vanderbilt in 2010 and 414 yards in total offense by Mallett vs. Georgia in 2009).
Wilson appeared in six games, seeing action vs. Tennessee Tech, Auburn, Mississippi, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Texas-El Paso…Finished with 453 yards and four touchdowns behind 34-of-51 passes (66.67%)…He became just the ninth quarterback in Arkansas history to throw for 300 yards in a game when he came on in relief of an injured Ryan Mallett in the second quarter vs. Auburn. In less than three full quarters against the Tigers, Wilson passed for a then career-high 323 yards, including a career-long 54-yard completion, and four touchdowns. His touchdown total tied for the fifth-highest single-game output in school history, and his passing yardage equated to the 14th-best single-game performance by a Razorback. His four passing touchdowns tied for the third-highest single-game output in the SEC in 2010, and his passing yards were the 12th-best single-game total in the conference.
Wilson played in five games for Arkansas, including action vs. Missouri State, Alabama, Texas A&M, Mississippi and Eastern Michigan…Finished the season with 22-of-36 pass completions (61.11%) for 218 yards and two touchdowns…In his most extensive action, he passed for a total of 138 yards on 13-of-19 passing and both touchdowns in the season opener vs. Missouri State.
Wilson appeared vs. Alabama and Texas…He threw for 69 yards and a touchdown on 11-of-22 attempts (50.0%).
4.78 in the 40-yard dash…1.65 10-yard dash…2.78 20-yard dash…4.28 20-yard shuttle…7.07 three-cone drill…32 1/2- inch vertical jump…8’9” broad jump…31-inch arm length… 8 5/8-inch hands…74 ¼-inch wingspan.
Wilson attended Greenwood (Ark.) High School, playing football for head coach Rick Jones…The four-star prospect was ranked as the ninth-best pro-style quarterback in the nation and fifth-best overall player in the state of Arkansas by Rivals.com…ESPN rated Wilson as the eighth-best quarterback recruit in the nation…Two-time All-State and All- Conference selection, in addition to being recognized with the Landers Award, given to the state of Arkansas' top player during his final campaign…Led his team to its third straight state championship during his two years as a starter…During his three-year career, he threw for 8,226 yards with 94 touchdowns for the Bulldogs while completing 595-of-923 attempts (64.5%)…Generated 4,222 yards and 50 scores behind 294-of-434 chances (67.7%) in 2006, followed by 294-of-473 throws (62.0%) for 3,939 yards and 43 touchdowns as a senior…Was also a standout pitcher, where the two-time All- State and All-Conference pick added Gatorade Player of the Year accolades in both 2007 and ’08…Posted a 32-9 record with 386 strikeouts in 251.1 innings as a pitcher, including recording an 11-0 record with a 1.42 earned run average while striking out 92 batters in just 64 innings as a senior… He also batted .415 with four home runs, 14 doubles, and 30 RBI that campaign.
Wilson is a Recreation and Sports Management major and earned a place on the Arkansas Athletic Department Honor Roll for his work in the classroom in the fall of 2009…Was also named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll in the fall of 2010…Son of Suzy and Don Wilson…Born James