Tyler Wilson Hopeful for Saturday: Addresses his Postgame Comments
People are comparing Tyler Wilson’s speech Saturday to the one Tim Tebow gave in 2008 enroute to Florida’s National Championship. The one piece of criticism Wilson is getting is the fact he called out his teammates, saying he thought they gave up at times in the 52-0 loss to Alabama.
At the weekly press conference Monday, Wilson addressed his statement, but he also talked about his health. He’s still not medically cleared to play but he took another concussion test Monday morning and the result came back good. He says he expects to play on Saturday and is extremely optimistic. As for the comments on Saturday afternoon, Wilson said he had one reason for it.
“I was going in to that room not to speak to the team but to speak to the people because I’m an Arkansas kid,” said Wilson. “I know how much it means to me growing up, to the fans in the stands to see that display out there and the product we displayed. “
The 52-0 nothing loss to Alabama was the first time the Hogs have been shutout at home since 1966 when they lost to Baylor 7-0.
“It was tough love,” said defensive end Chris Smith. “He’s the captain and he saw it better than we did. I don’t think guys gave up or anything like that. I just feel like (we made) mistakes.”
“I wanted everyone to know that’s not acceptable here,” said Wilson. “Going forward we are going to do the best we can and I’m going to do the best I can to keep everyone together and display a much better product on the field, period.”
Wilson’s teammates can respond to this in one of two ways. They can step up and join him or they can take offense to it. Sports Illustrated writer Andy Staples was on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly Monday to talk about what the rest of the country thinks of Wilson’s speech.
“I heard people criticize what he said because he wasn’t out there,” said Staples. “But the reason why he wasn’t out there was because his offensive linemen couldn’t block ULM. I’m glad he realized as a guy who grew up in Arkansas, as someone who understands the dynamics of the fan base, that people were ready to mutiny at that point. They needed someone to step up and show they gave a crap. Tyler Wilson stepped up and did that. I think he might have talked a few people off a ledge at that point.”