For the first time in history, two players from the same school were named co-offensive players of the week by the SEC. As it happens, both of them play for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Senior wide receiver Jarius Wright and junior quarterback Tyler Wilson were honored by the league for their record-breaking performances in the game against Texas A&M on Saturday.
“They both had great performances,” Coach Bobby Petrino said on Monday. “(Wright) catching the ball, running after the catch, it seemed like any crucial play when we called his number he made the play. He had some big third down conversions for us. And Tyler did an excellent job of getting better as the game went on, getting more comfortable as the game went on, standing in there and competing and completing passes.”
Wilson set a new school record with 510 passing yards on against the Aggies, eclipsing the previous record of 409 set last year by Ryan Mallett against Vanderbilt. Wilson completed 30-of-51 passes, for three touchdowns and no interceptions in the game. He also scored a game-tying two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.
Wright broke the school record for receiving yards in a game with 281, and also tied a school record with 13 receptions in the game. Wright’s receiving yards total is the second highest in SEC history, and his average per catch (21.6) is also the second-highest in league history. Wright scored two touchdowns in the game, including a crucial fumble recovery in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
Arkansas beat Texas A&M 42-38 in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and vaulted to a No. 10 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Sunday.
The Razorbacks face No. 15 Auburn at Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m., and will be televised by ESPN.