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Arkansas' Wilson vows to return when healthy

Associated Press Modified: September 18, 2012 at 5:01 am •  Published: September 18, 2012

FAYETTEVILE, Ark. (AP) — Tyler Wilson had a moment before the Alabama game when he wanted to do anything but heed his doctors' orders.

Concussion or not, the Arkansas quarterback wanted to play against the No. 1 Crimson Tide.

"Give me my helmet," Wilson thought. "I don't care what anybody else says, I'm playing."

Of course, Wilson didn't play in the 52-0 drubbing at the hands of Alabama. The first-team All-Southeastern Conference quarterback couldn't overrule what he said was an absolute "no" from his doctors.

The Razorbacks (1-2) put up little fight against the Crimson Tide without Wilson, losing their second straight game and putting an early end to their preseason hopes of a national championship run. They face another difficult test at home against Rutgers (3-0) on Saturday, and Wilson is "extremely optimistic" he'll be able to play.