FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, it was announced Wednesday.
Wilson is 257-of-407 passing for 3,422 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. His completions total ranks as the second-highest single-season output in school history, while his passing yards total is third on UA’s single-season list and his passing touchdowns total ranks fourth. He is just the second Razorback to throw for 3,000 yards in a season and the only player in the SEC to throw for 500 yards in a game in 2011, a feat he accomplished with a school-record 510 passing yards in UA’s 42-38 defeat of Texas A&M on Oct. 1. He became the fifth player in SEC history, and first since 2001, to top 500 yards passing in a single game while also breaking single-game school records with 481 yards of total offense and 57 total offensive plays against the Aggies.
The junior from Greenwood, Ark., is 10-2 in his first season as a collegiate starter and leads the SEC with his average of 285.2 passing yards per game and his average of 283.4 yards of total offense per game. Wilson’s passing average ranks 14th in the NCAA, and his total offense average is 21st in the country. He also leads the SEC and is tied for fifth in the NCAA with 89 passes of 15 or more yards and is tops in the conference and tied for 10th in the nation with 30 passes of at least 25 yards.
Wilson is averaging 8.41 yards per pass attempt this season, the second-highest average in the SEC and 14th highest in the NCAA. His average of 13.32 yards per completion ranks third in the conference and ninth in the nation. Wilson’s 63.1 completion percentage is third in the SEC, and his passing efficiency rating of 148.66 also is third in the conference and ranks 24th in the NCAA.
Earlier this season, Wilson was named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting. The winner is scheduled to be announced Jan. 18.