John Parker Wilson's Senior Year at Alabama Will Define Him

Michael HicksSenior Analyst IJune 16, 2008

John Parker Wilson has been UA's starter at quarterback in each of the last two seasons.

He has thrown for 5,651 yards in his career with 37 total touchdown passes.

He owns the school record for both passing yards in a season and touchdowns in a season, and he is closing in on Brodie Croyle's school records for career passing yardage (6,382) and career TD passes (41).

Going into his senior season, he has yet to prove himself as a star in the SEC.  His best performance last season was against rival Tennessee, in which he completed 32 of 46 passing attempts for 363 yards and three touchdowns.

However, he would erase all memories of that game with dismal performances against teams like Mississippi State and Louisiana-Monroe.

This season brings promise for the Tide and Wilson, who has been named to the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List and is considered by most the third-best QB in the SEC.

But with his third offensive coordinator in three seasons, Wilson has not had the time to feel comfortable as a starter.  For the Tide to have success on offense in 2008, he'd better learn quickly.

2008 will be a career-defining year for JPW, and I think he is up to the challenge to lead the Tide to a very successful season and put his name in the record books.