He wasn't ready to go from high school star to a seldom-used freshman.
"It has been confusing. It has been messing me up in the head. I went from being a star player of the team to not even playing too much. It actually humbles me. It gives me a humble experience and teaches me not to get too high or too low. I guess I have to wait my turn. Every freshman has to do that, so that is what I am doing right now. But it is hard," Wilson said.
Maxwell has become his role model. Maxwell waited until his senior season to start and has a team-high four interceptions, has established himself as a potential NFL player and a case could be made for him being UK's most valuable linebacker this season.
"Every time I think about me not playing, I look at Sam and say I could be like him and not start until my senior year. He came out ready to play. I just try to play every day and do as much as I can so I will be ready in the spring," Wilson said. "I actually look up to Sam. He may not know it, but Sam and the way he carries himself off the field and practices and does things on the field is pretty inspiring. He knows the game inside out. I know people in the NFL who know the game like that. It's crazy he didn't start or really get to show his talent until his senior year. It's like how do you keep a person off the field who pretty much knows the defense better than the coaches do."