Tyler Wilson cleared to play Saturday

September, 20, 2012
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Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has been cleared to play in Saturday's game against Rutgers, coach John L. Smith announced Thursday.

Wilson suffered a head injury on Sept. 8 in the Razorbacks' 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe. The senior then missed last week's 52-0 loss at home to Alabama.

"Good news this afternoon, Tyler is cleared to go," Smith said Thursday. "That's very exciting and we are thankful that he is. Our football team is excited about that. Now we need to go to the field and be accountable and execute."

Getting Wilson back is a huge break for a team that has suffered back-to-back embarrassing losses at home. This team was reeling, but having Wilson in the lineup should not only give the Hogs a boost in play but a major boost in confidence.

Wilson isn't just Arkansas' best player, he's this team's leader. Actually, he's probably the leader of this entire program. When this team hit lows against the Warhawks and the Tide, everyone looked to Wilson. He even delivered an impromptu "speech" following last week's loss in which he called his teammates out for quitting during the loss to Alabama.

Much has been made about whether Wilson was right in his decision to go after his team to the media, but when Smith had nothing to say Saturday night, Wilson made sure he did. Now, the Hogs have their leader back and probably have a lot more energy with a hungry Rutgers team coming into Fayetteville.

The Scarlet Knights have shown an impressive pass rush through the first three weeks, so it will be very important that Arkansas' line play much better than it has in the past two weeks.

I'm sure there will be some tense moments when Wilson takes a hit or two, but this team has to be exhaling a sigh of relief right now with their leader coming back to the playing field.

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