August 1, 2006

Wilson poised to take over

Spend a few minutes talking to his teammates and coaches and you'll walk away thinking John Parker Wilson is heading into his senior season as the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback.

Without exception, those close to Brodie Croyle's successor describe him as a competitive leader who doesn't appear to be overwhelmed by the prospects of taking on one of the most scrutinized jobs in all of college sports.

It doesn't hurt that the sophomore honed his craft at Hoover, Ala., High School, home to one of the nation's top prep football programs. Wilson not only became a proficient passer while throwing for 8,170 yards and 78 touchdowns in coach Rush Propst's spread offense, he experienced what it's like to lead a team to two Class 6A state titles.

"I think (Wilson) brings a lot to the team and will do more than is expected," said UA head coach Mike Shula. "He has a winning spirit instilled within him. He came from a high school that was used to winning. He brings that spirit to the team, and we feed off that just as we feed him with the experience we have."

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