Hogs' Tyler Wilson returning to school

January, 13, 2012
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Most in and around the Arkansas program felt like quarterback Tyler Wilson would be back for his senior season, and he made it official on Friday.

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Nelson Chenault/US PresswireArkansas QB Tyler Wilson became an attractive NFL prospect after his strong junior season.
Wilson released a statement through the Arkansas media relations department that read:
"I have decided to stay at Arkansas for the 2012 season because I am extremely excited for what this team has the opportunity to accomplish and to finish earning my degree. After the feedback I received, the decision was difficult to make. Ultimately, the chance to complete my academics and play one more season as a Razorback were compelling reasons for me to remain in Fayetteville. This past year was great for us with 11 wins and a top-five finish and we want to build on that. The group of players we have returning has high expectations and wants to work hard to compete for championships. Although my goal is to play in the NFL, I believe I can benefit greatly from another year of working with Coach (Bobby) Petrino and Coach Paul Petrino. I am excited to be able to spend one more season at a university where the leadership shows a tremendous amount of support and the passion of the fans is the best in the country."

Coupled with running back Knile Davis' announcement last week that he would be back next season, the Hogs return what should be the best one-two punch in the league at quarterback and running back, particularly if Davis can recapture the same form that made him the SEC's leading rusher among running backs during the 2010 season.

The Hogs will need some younger players to step up in the passing game, but receiver Cobi Hamilton and tight end Chris Gragg both return for their senior seasons. Gragg caught 41 passes this season, while Hamilton was second on the team to Jarius Wright with four touchdown catches.

Wilson, in his first full season as a starter, led the SEC with 3,683 passing yards and also threw 24 touchdown passes to go along with just six interceptions.

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