Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson might be the best quarterback in the Southeastern Conference.
The 6-foot-3 junior is coming off a regular season in which he threw for a SEC-best 3,422 yards and tossed 22 touchdowns compared to six interceptions. Good numbers for any quarterback. Extraordinary numbers for a quarterback in the defensive-minded SEC, where only three quarterbacks topped the 2,000-yard mark.
But only ho-hum numbers for a Big 12 quarterback.
OK, maybe ho-hum isn’t the right term. Perhaps above average is more accurate. No matter how you say it, though, no member of K-State’s defense is going to do a spit take when he looks at Wilson’s numbers.
Maybe if the Wildcats just got done playing a Big 10 or Big East schedule they would. But unlike many teams across the nation, they didn’t have to start thinking of ways to adjust their defense and prepare for an air raid the way others would have when they learned they were going to see the leading passer from the SEC in the Cotton Bowl.
After facing Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden (4,328 yards), Oklahoma’s Landry Jones (4,302 yards), Texas Tech’s Seth Doege (4,004 yards) and Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III (3,998 yards) the Wildcats are used to throwing an extra defensive back on the field and defending the pass. (more…)