The fifth-year senior followed head coach John L. Smith to the podium in a dramatic move that was really without precedent after an Arkansas game. A player who did not play produced the most dynamic quotes.
Wilson might still be fighting through headaches from last week's head injury sustained in the first half of a loss to Louisiana-Monroe, but he was hardly groggy or fuzzy about what he thought happened against the Crimson Tide.
After the Hogs fumbled eight times and lost five turnovers against the No. 1 Crimson Tide, Wilson said "it sucks" not to be able to play and that it also "sucks" because at times it looked like some "gave up."
Wilson went to two members of the sports information office staff in the final minute of the game to ask for a chance to address the media. Zack Higbee, the football SID, said it's generally not allowed for a player not in the game to make post-game comments. It was not the idea of the sports information office, but an exception was made.
Last season's All-SEC quarterback, Wilson cut short a media question when he took the chair at the podium. He said, "Sorry, I'm not doing questions."
Then, he began. That followed Smith's opening comments 10 minutes earlier that he "really didn't know what to say and didn't know what to say to the team." Smith did say that the team played poorly "on special teams, offense and defense, all the way through."
Smith also revealed that Wilson was never in the picture to play.
"You want me to be honest, or to lie?" Smith said. "We knew early on. In our heart, we knew, but we held out hope. But we realistically knew. We had to face the music."
Coaches quickly turned to Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell with a sprinkle of triple option as an alternative. Sloppy ball handling blew that up, if it ever had a chance.
That sloppiness might have been what Wilson was talking about in his opening few lines. Here is the full version:
"I'll start with the football game," he said. "First of all, it wasn't very pretty to watch. It wasn't very pretty to sit on the sideline and watch as a player.
"It sucks that I can't do anything about it. Do I feel that we, at times, gave up out there. Absolutely. As a leader it sucks to see people not do their jobs and to see things go wrong.
"There have been a lot of things go that way. As a leader, at this point you have to look forward.
"There have been a lot of people jump off the bandwagon and it is my job to keep everyone in this organization and this team in that locker room together.
"I'm going to make sure of it going forward. We've got a big game against Rutgers next week. I am going to do everything in my power to be a part of it and be the starting quarterback when we run onto the field. And most importantly, get a win.
"You have to start with one before you can get the rest of them. I give you my word, I am going to do the best I can to make that happen."
Brandon Allen said he didn't feel like anyone quit, but at the same token the sloppy play was hard to overlook. He also said, "We may have been playing to the score." Defensive coordinator Paul Haynes said he saw some instances where you got the feeling some gave up.
"When you see someone basically go in untouched on the big play at the end, yes it does," he said. "But I don't think it will be an issue going forward. I think this is a tight team. We've been through a lot and I expect to play better.
"We will continue to fight. I believe that."
Smith did have an explanation for one of the key plays in the game, the bad snap on the first Arkansas punt by Will Coleman. The backup defensive end won the job away from Alan D'Appollonio during the week because of thoughts about a punt return for a touchdown the Hogs gave up against Alabama last year. Coleman's snap went over the head of punter Dylan Breeding and resulted in a 6-yard touchdown drive for the only points of the first quarter.
Smith said the change was "because of coverage." He said the job was open during the week and the best cover man was given the deep snapping job.
"I told our guys they would compete this week," he said. "It was a poor decision on my part. I am not blaming the young man. I am blaming myself.
"We had a good plan. But it starts with that center snap and that should have never been done. It went downhill from there and blame me."
It was a strange week for the Hogs. They blew a 21-point lead in the second half against ULM, then had to play without their top player, perhaps one of the top three or four players in the country. There was some hope on Wednesday when Wilson threw in practice.
"We had him on Wednesday and he looked good and everyone was excited," Smith said. "Then, he wasn't here on Thursday. He went to see a specialist. That might have disrupted us because it didn't look like he could play then."
Smith was asked about the decision to hide the fact he was out.
"He's just so vital," he said. "I thought it was vital for the fans to see him (in warmups) and realize that he's going to be OK."
So when will he play? Could he be back for Rutgers this week?
"We are hoping so," Smith said. "We anticipate he'll be back when the headaches clear up. He still has symptoms."
Smith said Wilson will play when he "can exercise without headaches and symptoms."
In the meantime, the thought of the triple option is still something Smith wants to consider. He said he will contemplate moving more in that direction with Mitchell at quarterback.
"Brandon Mitchell can create some problems," Smith said. "It's hard to prepare for that. I like what he did there in the option. We might expand."
It's clear that the job is to avoid finger pointing in the locker room.
"We have to have confidence that we are going to hang together," Smith said. "We have to come in and get ready to work. The seniors have to pull together. I don't think we will splinter. It's easy to criticize. It's the cowards way out."
Tyler Wilson talks to Knile Davis during the game with Alabama.
Marc Henning Photos, Hawgs Illustrated