Arkansas’ Wilson expects to play this week

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is expected to play Saturday
when the 14th-ranked Razorbacks host Troy.

Wilson was held out during the second half of a 52-3 win over
New Mexico on Saturday with what coach Bobby Petrino called
concussion-like symptoms.

Wilson said Monday that he just had his ”bell rung” during a
touchdown run late in the first half against the Lobos, and that
trainers took a precautionary approach. He ran with his teammates
on Sunday and appears ready to take the field when Arkansas (2-0)
faces the Trojans.

”I feel fine, really,” Wilson said. ”I’m feeling good.”

Petrino wouldn’t say whether Wilson suffered a concussion.

”I try not to think about those things,” Petrino said. ”My
opinion doesn’t matter when it comes to that. It’s what the
trainers and doctors say. I know he took the test yesterday and
they allowed him to run last night, so he must have did good on the

Wilson was injured against New Mexico on a 7-yard touchdown run,
one which he capped off by barreling over a Lobos’ defender. The
play came a week after Wilson was sent head over heels into the air
and landed on his head while also diving for the end zone.

Petrino said after the first game that he preferred Wilson to
slide near the end zone, a lesson the quarterback said he’s taking
to heart from now on. The junior has competed 36 of 50 passes for
519 yards and 3 touchdowns during his first two games as the

”Obviously, you want to minimize the amount of contact you get
during the course of a game,” Wilson said. ”Obviously, I’m going
to try and lesson that approach and I move forward. I’ll probably
try to get out of the way a little bit more.”

Arkansas coaches noticed a lack of focus from Wilson at
halftime, leading to a visit from the trainers and a spot on the
sidelines in the second half. Wilson said he felt fine after the
touchdown run, noting he stood up quickly and celebrated, but he
understood the precautions.

Wilson’s injury was one of three significant setbacks for the
Razorbacks against New Mexico. Senior defensive end Jake Bequette
(hamstring) and senior receiver Jarius Wright (knee) also suffered
injuries, and Petrino said he would know more about their status
for the Troy game later in the week.

Bequette led Arkansas in sacks last season, and Wright leads the
team in catches (11), yards (171) and touchdowns (3) this

Petrino did say junior running back Dennis Johnson practiced
Sunday and could return this week after missing the first two games
with a hamstring injury. Johnson missed most of last season after
suffering a bowel injury in the second game.