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Wilson on watch list for Premier Player award

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Wilson on watch list for Premier Player award

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas senior quarterback Tyler Wilson is one of 20 players named to the initial watch list for the Premier Player of College Football award, as announced on Tuesday. The honor marks the fifth watch list that Wilson has been included on this preseason. Wilson is looking to become the second Razorback to be named the Premier Player of College Football, as former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett took home the award in 2010. Wilson was the first-team quarterback on the coaches’ and media preseason All-SEC teams and has been named to watch lists for the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Walter Camp awards this preseason. He also was included on the Manning Award Watch List after being a finalist last year. Last season he became the only Razorback in school history to be named first-team All-SEC quarterback, an honor he earned after leading Arkansas to a school-record-tying 11 wins in his first season as a starter. The senior from Greenwood, Ark., 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 five athletes with the most votes will be announced in December and invited to the Premier Player of College Football charitable awards dinner. Simultaneously, another poll begins with just those five players on the ballot that will remain open until a week before the awards dinner. The overall winner will be revealed at the charity dinner set for 5 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2013, at the Embassy Suites — Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla. For more information or to vote, click here. Tickets for four Fayetteville games are still on sale. Tickets for the non-conference games against Jacksonville State, Rutgers and Tulsa are $45, while tickets for the conference matchup against Kentucky are $55. Single-game tickets may be purchased online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com, in person the Razorback Ticket Center or by phone at 800-982-HOGS. Fans ordering tickets online have the option to print the tickets from home utilizing UA’s new eTicket system. Little Rock season ticket packages, featuring games against ULM on Sept. 8 and Ole Miss on Oct. 27, are still available for $120. The Razorbacks and Rebels are set to square off inside War Memorial Stadium for the 16th time in series history, including the first meeting and 1913, and the first time since 1992. Tickets purchased for Little Rock contests are not available with a print-at-home option. To show your support for the Razorback football postseason awards campaign follow @ARKTD2012 on Twitter.



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