The Arkansas quarterback made a point to fill any leadership void left in the wake of Petrino’s firing, both emotionally and on the field.
Wilson’s results, 31-of-41 passing for 467 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Red to a 65-0 win Saturday over the White, bode well for the future of a Razorbacks team still without a head coach.
The duo led the Razorbacks onto the field before the scrimmage, where they were greeted by a record crowd of 45,250 _ besting last season’s previous best of 42,000.
More than anything Wilson did on the field, however, it was his pregame show of leadership that set the tone _ one he hopes to carry into the future.
As Wilson and his teammates were going through warm-ups prior to the scrimmage, last season’s first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection was approached by strength and conditioning coach Jason Veltkamp.
“Hey, you’ve got the team after he kicks it here,” Veltkamp said.
Petrino was nowhere near the scrimmage Saturday following his April 10 firing after the revelation that he had hired his mistress to a position in the football program and paid her $20,000. Wilson, however, was _ making it clear who the leader was while standing only steps away from and encouraging Hocker during his attempts and when calling the Razorbacks together following the kicker’s final field goal.
“… What’s great about this program is it breeds leadership.”
Once the action started, Wilson once again took charge.