Tyler Wilson (American football)

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Tyler Wilson
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Tyler Wilson during Tennessee Titans Training camp 2014
No. 8, 9
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-08-16) August 16, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Greenwood (AR)
College: Arkansas
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 112
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • SEC Community Service Team (2012) [1]
  • Cotton Bowl Offensive MVP (2012) [1]
  • First-team All-SEC (2011) [1]
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

James Tyler Wilson (born August 16, 1989) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arkansas.[2]

Wilson has also been a member of the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals.

High school career[edit]

Wilson graduated in 2008 from Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Arkansas. He was ranked as the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the nation and No. 5 overall player in the state of Arkansas by Rivals.com. ESPN Rated Wilson as the No. 8 overall quarterback recruit in the nation. Wilson led his team to its third straight state championship, second as the starting quarterback. In his two years as starter for the Greenwood Bulldogs, Wilson threw for over 8,000 yards with 93 touchdown passes. Wilson won the 2007 Landers Award as the state of Arkansas' top football player. He was selected as an all-conference and all-state performer. Also an outstanding baseball player, Wilson was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for 2007-08. He finished his senior campaign 11-0 and had a 1.42 ERA while striking out 92 batters in 64 innings. He batted .415 with four home runs, 14 doubles, and 30 RBI. He had a career record on the mound of 32-9 with 386 strike outs in 251.1 innings.[2][3]

High school statistics[edit]

2005 (So.) 7 16 43.8 65 1 1
2006 (Jr.) 294 434 67.7 4,222 50 14
2007 (Sr.) 294 473 62.0 3,939 43 14
Career 595 923 64.5 8,226 94 29


Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Tyler Wilson
Greenwood, Arkansas Greenwood High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.75 Dec 17, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 82
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 35th (QB)   Rivals: 9th (QB), 5th (AR)  ESPN: 8th (QB), 81st (OVR)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.



College career[edit]

While attending the University of Arkansas, Wilson was a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks football team from 2008 to 2012.


Wilson played in two games as a true freshman, completing 11-of-22 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. Those two games were in consecutive weeks against Alabama and Texas. He missed the remainder of the season due to an illness and received a medical redshirt.[5]


In five games for Arkansas, Wilson finished the season 22-of-36 with 218 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. He threw for a total of 138 yards on 13-of-19 passing and both touchdowns with an interception in the season opener against Missouri State. At Alabama, he completed 4-of-6 passes for 31 yards. His other action came in a victory over Eastern Michigan where he went 5-of-11 for 49 yards with an interception.[5]


Wilson played in six games for the Razorbacks in 2010. He threw for 453 yards on 34-of-51 passing and four touchdowns with three interceptions. Wilson saw extensive playing time in a game at Auburn after Ryan Mallett suffered a concussion. He threw for 332 yards on 25-of-34 passing and four touchdowns with two interceptions in little over half the game. Wilson also saw action in a win against Ole Miss. He threw for 71 yards on 3-of-5 passing while managing the offensive effectively.[6] According to Scout.com, Wilson was rated as the No. 5 quarterback prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft.[7] ESPN's Todd Blackledge listed Wilson as the No. 1 replacement player to watch for the 2011 season.[8]


On August 25, Wilson was named the starting quarterback at Arkansas.[9] In 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, which made him the first Razorback in school history to be named first-team All-SEC quarterback. 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 opened the season with the ninth-highest single-game completion percentage in school history with an 18-of-24 performance for 261 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-7 win vs. Missouri State. He was 18-of-26 passing for 259 yards and one touchdown through the air and also added 48 rushing yards on five carries in a 52-3 victory vs. New Mexico. Wilson passed for 303 yards and two touchdowns while completing 23-of-36 passes in the 38-28 win vs. Troy. At No. 3 Alabama, he was 22-of-35 passing for 185 yards and two touchdowns. 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. He finished the game against the Tigers 24-of-36 passing for 262 yards and two touchdowns through the air and also added one rushing touchdown. 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. He was 20-of-37 passing for 299 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long-tying 68 yarder, in the 44-28 win vs. No. 10 South Carolina. He completed 16-of-26 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-7 win vs. Tennessee. 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. At No. 1 LSU, Wilson was 14-of-22 passing for 207 yards and one touchdown. He was named Offensive MVP of the Cotton Bowl after he completed 20-of-31 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, while leading the No. 6 Razorbacks to a 29-16 win vs. No. 9 Kansas State.[1] Arkansas finished the 2011 season with an 11-2 record, and a #5 ranking in the final polls. It was their first Top 5 finish since the 1977 season.


Wilson started all 11 games in which he played, missing the Alabama game due to an injury, and finished the season 249-of-401 passing for 3,387 yards and 21 touchdowns. He broke the Arkansas single-season record with five 350-yard pass games and also was named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and to the SEC Community Service Team. His completions total ranked third on UA’s single-season list, while his passing yards, pass attempts, 3,394 total offense yards and 442 total offense plays were the fourth-highest single-season totals in school history and his completion percentage of 62.1, passing touchdowns and average of 7.68 yards of total offense per play ranked fifth. He led the SEC and ranked 10th in the NCAA with an average of 307.9 passing yards per game, and he ranked second in the conference and 15th in the country with an average of 308.5 yards of total offense per game. His 249 completions were tied for the third-highest total in the SEC and 36th in the NCAA. His total offense per play average tied for fourth in the SEC and 14th in the NCAA, and his average of 8.45 yards per pass attempt was fifth in the conference and tied for 16th in the nation. He also ranked sixth in the SEC in pass efficiency rating. He tied the Arkansas single-game record with five passing touchdowns and tied for third on UA’s single-game touchdown responsibility list in a weather-shortened 49-7 victory vs. Kentucky. He finished the game 23-of-31 passing for 372 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed one time for five yards. He broke the Arkansas single-game records for total plays with 62 and pass attempts at Texas A&M. He was 29-of-59 passing for 373 yards and one touchdown, also breaking UA single-game records for completions in a road game and producing the fifth-highest single game completions total in school history. He was 20-of-39 passing for 419 yards and three touchdowns while adding seven yards on two rushes vs. Rutgers, the fourth-highest single-game passing yards total and eighth-highest single-game total offense yards total in the SEC in 2012. His totals vs. Rutgers also ranked as the second-highest single-game totals for passing yards and total offense yards in school history. He opened the season with 367 passing yards and three touchdowns as part of a 19-of-27 performance in the 49-24 win vs. Jacksonville State, breaking the UA record for passing yards in a season opener and tying the school record for passing touchdowns in a season opener. He was 11-of-20 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the first half vs. ULM before being forced to sit out the second half due to injury. He was 22-of-29 passing for 230 yards and adding 10 yards on four rushing attempts in the 24-7 victory at Auburn. He was 24-of-43 passing for 297 yards and two touchdowns vs. Ole Miss. He was 21-of-31 passing for 272 yards and gained one yard on three rushes in the 19-15 win vs. Tulsa. He was 26-of-41 passing for 277 yards at No. 12 South Carolina, during which he broke the UA record for career completions. He was 23-of-29 passing, the sixth-highest single game completion percentage mark in school history, for 225 yards and two touchdowns while adding 10 yards on seven rushes at Mississippi State. He ended his career with a 31-of-52 passing performance for 359 yards, breaking the UA career passing yards record, and one touchdown while rushing for a season-high 38 yards on nine carries vs. No. 8 LSU. His 61 total offense plays ranked as the second-highest single-game total in school history, and his completions and pass attempts were tied for second on the school’s respective single-game lists. Following the season he was selected to play in the Senior Bowl, where he was 8-of-11 passing, leading the South Team in completions, for 40 yards as the South earned a 21-16 win.[10]


2008 (Fr.) Arkansas 2 0 11 22 50.0 69 1 2 34.5 6.3 3.1 10 3 73.2
2009 (RFr.) Arkansas 5 0 22 36 61.1 218 2 2 43.6 9.9 6.1 21 0 119.2
2010 (RSo.) Arkansas 6 0 34 51 66.7 453 4 3 75.5 13.3 8.9 54 3 155.4
2011 (RJr.) Arkansas 13 13 277 438 63.2 3,638 24 6 279.8 13.1 8.3 68 26 148.4
2012 (RSr.) Arkansas 11 11 249 401 62.1 3,387 21 13 307.9 13.6 8.4 80 15 143.8
Career Arkansas 37 24 593 948 62.6 7,765 52 26 209.9 13.1 8.2 80 47 144.0

Records at Arkansas[edit]

Wilson holds 29 Arkansas records.[11]

  • Passing Yards-Career (7,765, 2008–12)
  • Completions-Career (593, 2008–12)
  • Completion Percentage-Career (62.6, 2008–12)
  • 350-Yard Pass Games-Career (7, 2008–12)
  • Consecutive Pass Attempts Without Int. (184, 2011)
  • 350-Yard Pass Games-Season (5, 2012)
  • Pass Completions-Season (277, 2011)
  • Pass Attempts-Season (438, 2011)
  • Total Plays-Season (498, 2011)
  • Pass Yards-Game (510 vs. Texas A&M, 10/1/11)
  • Pass Completions-Game (32 vs. Mississippi State, 11/19/11)
  • Pass Touchdowns-Game (5 vs. Kentucky, 10/13/12)
  • Pass Attempts-Game (59 at Texas A&M, 9/29/12)
  • Total Yards-Game (481 at Texas A&M, 9/29/12)
  • Total Plays-Game (62 at Texas A&M, 9/29/12)
  • Pass Yards-Home Game (419 vs. Rutgers, 9/22/12)
  • Pass Completions-Home Game (32 vs. Mississippi State, 11/19/11)
  • Pass Touchdowns-Home Game (5 vs. Kentucky, 10/13/12)
  • Total Yards-Home Game (426 vs. Rutgers, 9/22/12)
  • Pass Completions-Road Game (29 at Texas A&M, 9/29/12)
  • Pass Attempts-Road Game (59 at Texas A&M, 9/29/12)
  • Total Yards-Road Game (481 at Texas A&M, 9/29/12)
  • Total Plays-Road Game (62 at Texas A&M, 9/29/12)
  • Pass Completions-Conference Game (32 vs. Mississippi State, 11/19/11)
  • Pass Touchdowns-Conference. Game (5 vs. Kentucky, 10/13/12)
  • Pass Attempts-Conference Game (59 at Texas A&M, 9/29/12)
  • Total Plays-Conference Game (62 at Texas A&M, 9/29/12)
  • Pass Yards-Season Opener (367 vs. Jacksonville State, 9/1/12)
  • Pass Touchdowns-Season Opener (3 vs. Jacksonville State, 9/1/12)

Professional career[edit]

Before the 2012 college football season, Wilson was projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by Sports Illustrated.[12]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 215 lb 31 3/8 in 8 3/4 in 4.95 s 4.39 s 7.22 s 28.5 in 9 ft 4 in
All values from NFL Combine[13]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Despite setting a number of school records in his senior season, Wilson's draft status fell. He was taken in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders with the 112th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. After a promising early start in Oakland he was projected to compete with Raiders quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor for playing time in 2013.[14][15]

Wilson was the highest drafted member of the 2013 NFL class to not make his team's opening day roster after dropping to 4th string behind Matt McGloin, but was signed to the Raiders' practice squad a day later. Mid-season he was activated onto the Raiders active roster and played the role of back up the remainder of the season.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On December 17, 2013, Wilson was signed by the Tennessee Titans.[16] On August 6, 2014, Wilson was released.[17]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

On August 9, 2014, Wilson was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals.[18] He appeared in two preseason games and completed a combined 10 of 18 passes with 1 passing touchdown and accounting for another scoring drive. Despite having some success in short order, he was waived during final cuts on August 29, 2014. [19]


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