FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has been named one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week, it was announced Monday.
Wilson tied the Arkansas single-game record with five touchdown passes and was 23-of-31 passing for 372 yards plus the five scores on eight offensive possessions in the Razorbacks’ 49-7 defeat of Kentucky last Saturday. Wilson also rushed once for five yards to bring his total offense yards to 377, the seventh-highest single-game total in school history. The game was terminated with 5:08 remaining in the 3rd quarter due to inclement weather in Fayetteville.
Wilson ended the game with a pass efficiency rating of 228.22, the highest by an SEC player in a conference game this year and 16th-highest single-game rating in the NCAA this season. His touchdown passes were from 77, 74, 18, 8 and 5 yards, making the Greenwood, Ark., native one of two quarterbacks in the country, and the only one in the SEC, with two touchdown passes of 74 yards or more in a game this year. His two touchdown passes of 70-plus yards also tied an Arkansas single-game record.
Wilson’s five passing touchdowns are the most by an SEC quarterback in a game this season, and he recorded his SEC-leading and school-record-tying fourth 350-yard passing game of 2012. He also tied the Arkansas career record for 350-yard passing games with his sixth as a Razorback.
Fans can go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page, facebook.com/allstatesugarbowl, to vote for which of the eight quarterbacks they think had the best performance from this past weekend. Voting continues until Thursday at 11 a.m., when the quarterback with the most votes will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor 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. Wilson was one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award last season.
To keep up with Wilson and the rest of the Arkansas football postseason awards campaign, follow @ARKTD2012 on Twitter.