Arkansas QB Wilson expects to play
Junior suffered concussion-like symptoms against New Mexico
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is expected to play Saturday when the 14th-ranked Razorbacks host Troy.
Wilson was held out during the second half of a 52-3 win against New Mexico on Saturday with what coach Bobby Petrino called concussion-like symptoms.
Wilson said Monday that he just had his “bell rung” during a touchdown run late in the first half against the Lobos, and that trainers took a precautionary approach. He ran with his teammates on Sunday and appears ready to take the field when Arkansas (2-0) faces the Trojans.
“I feel fine, really,” Wilson said. “I’m feeling good.”
Petrino wouldn’t say whether Wilson suffered a concussion.
“I try not to think about those things,” Petrino said. “My opinion doesn’t matter when it comes to that. It’s what the trainers and doctors say. I know he took the test [Sunday] and they allowed him to run [Sunday] night, so he must have did good on the test.”
Wilson was injured against New Mexico on a 7-yard touchdown run, one which he capped off by barreling over a Lobos’ defender. The play came a week after Wilson was sent head over heels into the air and landed on his head while also diving for the end zone.
Petrino said after the first game that he preferred Wilson to slide near the end zone, a lesson the quarterback said he’s taking to heart from now on. The junior has competed 36 of 50 passes for 519 yards and 3 touchdowns during his first two games as the starter.
“Obviously, you want to minimize the amount of contact you get during the course of a game,” Wilson said. “Obviously, I’m going to try and lesson that approach and I move forward. I’ll probably try to get out of the way a little bit more.”
Arkansas coaches noticed a lack of focus from Wilson at halftime, leading to a visit from the trainers and a spot on the sidelines in the second half. Wilson said he felt fine after the touchdown run, noting he stood up quickly and celebrated, but he understood the precautions.
Wilson’s injury was one of three significant setbacks for the Razorbacks against New Mexico. Senior defensive end Jake Bequette (hamstring) and senior receiver Jarius Wright (knee) also suffered injuries, and Petrino said he would know more about their status for the Troy game later in the week.
Bequette led Arkansas in sacks last season, and Wright leads the team in catches (11), yards (171) and touchdowns (3) this season.
Petrino did say junior running back Dennis Johnson practiced Sunday and could return this week after missing the first two games with a hamstring injury. Johnson missed most of last season after suffering a bowel injury in the second game.
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