FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas senior Tyler Wilson is on the Davey O’Brien Watch List, it was announced Wednesday.
Wilson, a Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist last season, is the only Razorback in school history to be named first-team All-SEC quarterback. He earned that honor in 2011 after leading Arkansas to a school-record-tying 11 wins in his first season as a starter. The Greenwood, Ark., native holds nine school records, including career completion percentage, and has produced three of the top-five single-game completions marks in school history. He also ranks in the top 10 in school history in career touchdown passes, career pass completions and career pass attempts.
He finished the 2011 season 277-of-438 passing for 3,638 yards, leading the SEC with an average of 279.8 per game, and 24 touchdowns with six interceptions, becoming just the second Razorback to pass for 3,000 yards in a season and leading the SEC with the eighth-highest single-season passing yards total in conference history. He also led the SEC in total offense per game, completions and pass efficiency rating. Wilson’s attempt-to-interceptions ratio of 1:73 was the third-best in SEC history with a minimum of 300 attempts and the fourth-best in conference history with a minimum of 200 attempts.
The Davey O’Brien Watch List is Wilson’s fourth preseason recognition in the last 10 days. He also has been named to watch lists for the Maxwell Award and Manning Award and voted as the first-team quarterback on the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team.
Sixteen semifinalists will be announced Oct. 22 and from that group three finalists will be selected Nov. 19. The 2012 Davey O’Brien Award winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN on Dec. 6. The 36th annual Davey O’Brien Award Dinner will be held Feb. 18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Beginning Sept. 4, fans can cast their vote once daily at VoteOBrien.org. The fan vote counts as 5% during each round of voting and is combined with the result from the Selection Committee. Voting totals are cleared after each round.