Hogs hopeful that Wilson will be cleared

Arkansas is preparing as if quarterback Tyler Wilson will play this weekend against Rutgers, but coach John L. Smith said Wednesday that Wilson has still not been cleared to play in the game.

“We’re waiting and hoping and have our fingers crossed that he will be cleared,” Smith said. “Hopefully, that will be the case.”

Wilson practiced on Tuesday. He will have additional testing on Wednesday and will continue to do so daily, according to Smith.

“Which tests, which days, I’m not sure of,” Smith said. “We’re just keeping our fingers crossed that he will get cleared.”

Wilson scored poorly on his concussion test last week after meeting with specialists in Pittsburgh and wasn’t cleared to play against Alabama. He suffered the concussion against Louisiana-Monroe.

Wilson also suffered a concussion early last season, but came back and played the next week.

Smith said Tuesday’s practice was a really good day for the Hogs, and he attributes a lot of that to the spark Wilson brought to the field.

As for Wilson’s comments after the game that some of his teammates quit against Alabama, Smith said Wednesday that he didn’t necessarily see that.

Nonetheless, Smith thinks the gist of Wilson’s message was right on target.

“I think he was saying nothing more than, ‘Look in the mirror and everybody be accountable for what took place, and let’s go to the field and get better,’ ” Smith said.