September 30, 2008

The Zoom Lens: John Parker Wilson

Each week subscribers choose the focus of The Zoom Lens, a weekly post-game analysis of a specific position. BOL staff reviews a tape of each game with a play-by-play eye on the position chosen by members. This week's poll results after Alabama's 41-30 win over Georgia:

John Parker Wilson41.9 percent
Justin Woodall30.0 percent
Brandon Fanney10.9 percent
Andre Smith10.1 percent
Kareem Jackson7.1 percent

The subject: Quarterback John Parker Wilson.

Statistics: 13-of-16 passing, 205 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions, five rushes, 13 rushing yards.

Observations: xxx.

A 15-yard completion to Julio Jones gave UA its first first down of the second half with only 13:50 left in the game. A middle screen to Roy Upchurch for 22 yards put Alabama in field goal range, which gave his team a three-score lead. ... On Alabama's next drive, another long screen pass to Upchurch set up an Alabama touchdown.

Overview: Considering the quality of the opponent and the hostile road setting, this was Wilson's finest career performance. In completing 13 of 16 passes, he gave Alabama some of the big plays that the running game lacked. On perhaps Wilson's most crucial scoring drive - following a 92-yard Georgia punt return that closed the gap to 31-17 - he led UA to a field goal.

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