- Sports Management
Wilson participated in the university’s Spring 2012 commencement ceremonies and is finishing an internship during the fall semester to complete his degree requirements in sports management. He earned a place on the Athletic Department Honor Roll for his work in the classroom in the fall of 2009. He also was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in the fall of 2011.
Wilson was elected a team captain for the second straight season in 2012. He has shown a tremendous amount of leadership in the offseason since declaring his intent to return to the University of Arkansas for his senior season and passing on the opportunity to declare for the NFL Draft. He became the face of the program during spring practices, even calling the team together for its final pre-game talk on the field at the Red-White Spring Game.
Wilson has participated in multiple community service activities. He is active in FCA, speaking at several events throughout the year, and participating in the FCA Pig-out Party in addition to delivering pizzas to students camped out for football games. He also has spoken to the University of Arkansas Nursery School and visited Children’s Hospitals in Little Rock, Ark., New Orleans and Dallas. He has been part of the Razorback Leadership Academy, Book Hogs Read To Win Program, Sweat Hawgs Program, and Boys and Girls Club visits, where he signed autographs and took pictures with the children. He also has volunteered for tornado clean up in Joplin, Mo., the SEC Together We CAN Canned Food Drive, Lift Up America Feeding The Hungry and the Pratt and Whitney Chili Cook-Off.
Wilson became the first Razorback in school history to be named first-team All-SEC quarterback when he was selected to the first team on the AP and coaches’ teams in 2011. He is the 10th 4,000-yard passer in school history and ranks fourth in career touchdown passes, sixth in career pass completions and ninth in career pass attempts. Wilson holds nine school records, including career completion percentage, and has produced three of the top five single-game completions marks in school history. In 2011, his first season as a starter, Wilson started all 13 games after being selected as a team captain and led the Razorbacks to 11 wins, which tied the school’s single-season record and was just the third time in school history with 11 wins. He was named first-team All-SEC by the AP and coaches. Wilson finished the season 277-of-438 passing for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns with six interceptions, becoming just the second Razorback in school history to pass for 3,000 yards in a season. His completions and attempts totals were single-season school records. His passing yards total ranked as the second-highest single-season mark in school history and the eighth-highest single-season total in SEC history, while his 63.2 completion percentage was the third-highest single-season total in school history. He was responsible for 28 touchdowns, which ranked as the third-highest single-season total in school history, and his passing touchdown total ranked fourth on UA’s single-season list. He broke Arkansas’ single-season record with 498 plays of total offense and his 3,635 yards of total offense ranked as the second-highest single-season total in school history and was the 10th-highest single-season total in SEC history. Wilson’s attempt-to-interceptions ratio of 1:73 was the third-best in SEC history with a minimum of 300 attempts and fourth-best in conference history with a minimum of 200 attempts. He was a finalist for the Manning Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award. He broke Arkansas’ record for consecutive passes without an interception by throwing 184 passes, stretching from the second quarter at Alabama to the second quarter vs. South Carolina, between interceptions. His streak also ranked as the sixth longest in SEC history. Wilson led the SEC and ranked 16th in the NCAA with his average of 279.8 passing yards per game and led the SEC and ranked 23rd in the NCAA with his average of 279.6 yards of total offense per game. His completions total was the highest in the SEC and ranked 25th in the NCAA, and his 24 touchdown passes ranked second in the conference and 32nd in the nation. Wilson’s pass efficiency rating of 148.35 led the SEC and ranked 22nd in the NCAA, and his completion percentage ranked third in the SEC. He ranked third in the SEC and was tied for 13th in the NCAA with his average of 13.13 yards per completion, and his average of 8.31 yards per pass attempt ranked second in the SEC and tied for 18th in the NCAA. He led the SEC and ranked seventh in the NCAA with 94 passes of at least 15 yards and led the SEC and ranked eighth in the country with 33 passes of 25-plus yards. His 61 passes of 15-plus yards in the first half led the conference and ranked fourth in the NCAA, and his 2,179 first-half passing yards led the SEC and was 10th in the nation. He also led the SEC and ranked eighth in the NCAA with 1,261 passing yards in the second quarter. Wilson was named SEC co-Offensive Player of the Week after breaking the Arkansas school record with 510 passing yards while leading the Razorbacks from an 18-point halftime deficit to a 42-38 victory vs. No. 14 Texas A&M inside Cowboys Stadium. He finished the day 30-of-51 passing for 510 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the UA record for pass attempts and producing the fifth 500-yard passing game in SEC history and first since 2001. His passing yards total was the highest in the SEC and the fourth-highest single-game total in the NCAA in 2011. He also broke the Arkansas single-game record with 481 yards of total offense, which was the most in the SEC and 12th-highest single-game total in the NCAA, and with 57 plays of total offense against the Aggies. Wilson completed a career-high 18 consecutive passes in Arkansas’ 38-14 win vs. No. 15 Auburn, which tied for the third-longest overall streak in SEC history and tied for the second-longest single-game streak in conference history. Wilson was 13-of-28 passing for 232 yards and rushed for two touchdowns in the 29-24 win at Ole Miss in which he led the team back from a 17-point deficit. He completed 27-of-43 passes for 316 yards and one touchdown in a 31-28 win at Vanderbilt, leading the Razorbacks back from 14 points down. Wilson was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Arkansas’ 44-17 victory vs. Mississippi State in which he broke the school record with 32 completions, bettering the previous record of 31 that had stood since 1971. He finished the game 32-of-43 passing for 365 yards and three touchdowns. He was named Offensive MVP of the Cotton Bowl after he was 20-of-31 passing for 216 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions while leading the Razorbacks to a 29-16 win vs. No. 11 Kansas State.