Arkansas tabs Wilson as starting quarterback

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino says Tyler Wilson will start at quarterback in the Razorbacks' opener against Missouri State.

The junior takes over the position following Ryan Mallett's departure to the NFL's New England Patriots. Wilson was thought to be the starter entering fall practice, but Petrino insisted that he earn the position while competing against sophomore Brandon Mitchell.

Wilson saw the bulk of his action last season at Auburn after Mallett was injured in the first half. He threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns in that game and finished the season 34 of 51 passing for 455 yards.