Arkansas Razorbacks’ football has been all the rage lately with the hiring of Sam Pittman as the new head coach and the subsequent hiring of several high-profile assistant coaches.
But not to be lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and the new regime taking over at Razorback Stadium was the recent announcement of the All-Decade team of 2010-19.
Of note to Greenwood fans, two former Bulldogs made the list as members of the second team. They were quarterback Tyler Wilson and receiver Drew Morgan.
Wilson performed well in relief of Ryan Mallett in 2010 and backed him up for two seasons. Mallett earned first team honors on the All-Decade squad.
Known for his toughness in the pocket, Wilson took over the starting job in 2011 and completed 277 of 438 pass attempts (63%) for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns, with just six interceptions.
It may be hard to believe now, but the former GHS quarterback led the Razorbacks to an 11-win season and #5 national ranking in 2011 under former Head Coach Bobby Petrino. At the end of the year, Wilson became Arkansas' first and only first-team All-SEC selection.
But Wilson had the misfortune of being on campus when Petrino suffered his infamous fall from grace and was fired during the off-season. John L. Smith was named interim coach and the Hogs finished the 2012 campaign with a 4-8 record, though Wilson’s numbers were still pretty good.
He was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft and had opportunities with several teams, but never played a down before retiring from football after a few years. At Greenwood, Wilson was part of three consecutive state championships from 2005-07.
As for Morgan, he received a late scholarship offer from Arkansas and quickly made an impression, playing mostly on special teams as a freshman while seeing limited action at wide receiver during his first two seasons on the Hill.
But he was one of the Hogs’ most consistent receivers during his junior and senior seasons, ending his career with the seventh most receptions (138) in school history. He also had 1,763 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in his career with a stretch of 27 consecutive games with a catch.
As a senior, Morgan was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl and was named to the Pro Football Focus All-SEC second team.
He then signed with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent, spending time on their practice squad, but was later cut. He retired from football in 2019.