SEC: Andrew Zow

Bama's Wilson making it look easy in the fourth quarter

October, 31, 2008
10/31/08
2:15
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Alabama's John Parker Wilson isn't going to be on either the first or second team when the All-SEC selections come out later this season, but it's hard to find a quarterback anywhere in college football who's played his role more efficiently than Wilson.

The senior from Hoover, Ala., ended the Tennessee game by completing his last 11 passes. The Alabama record is 12 straight completions held by Andrew Zow. Wilson was 7-of-7 in the second half against the Vols.

He's thrown eight touchdowns and three interceptions this season. The only quarterback in the league with a batter touchdown-to-interception ratio is Florida's Tim Tebow, who's thrown 12 touchdowns and two interceptions.

The book on Wilson and the Crimson Tide offense is getting ahead of them and making them play from behind. More specifically, make Wilson beat you throwing the football.

That's easier said than done. Alabama has trailed for only 1 minute, 15 seconds all season, and Wilson has only had to throw the ball 16 times in the fourth quarter through the Tide's first eight games.

If you do the math, that's two times a game that he's had to put the ball in the air in the fourth quarter. And when he has, he's been effective.

Wilson is 13-of-16 in the fourth quarter this season with no interceptions. He also hasn't been sacked in the fourth quarter. In three of his last four games, he hasn't thrown an incompletion in the fourth quarter.

In short, it's exactly the way Nick Saban would have drawn it up back in August.

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