“I feel comfortable, but comfortable isn’t a word I’d like to use,” Wilson said. “Because there is always somebody trying to get my spot. Really, I’m competing every day. I’m not comfortable yet, because my spot is not solid. I haven’t been named the starter yet.”
Wilson is working on being a playmaker. He said he left too many turnovers and big plays on the field last season. Wilson’s teammates have noticed a change.
“He is more physical now,” senior linebacker Cory Nelson said. “Just watching him out there, he’s way more physical now. He is playing more like a linebacker whenever he has to roll into the box.”
Now in is second year to play for defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, Wilson is feeling more at home with what is expected of him from his coaches and teammates.
“The thing I love about Mike (Stoops) is he is just a real up front coach,” Wilson said. “He’s not going to sugarcoat anything for you. He’s going to tell you the way it is. If you are practicing bad, he’s going to tell you to your face. I just like the way he keeps it real with you. I respond well to the things he does because since he’s got here he’s taught me a lot and made me a better player. The sky’s the limit.”
The same can be said about Wilson off the field. While he had to rediscover himself on the field, he never lost track of his responsibilities in the classroom.
“School is going real good,” Wilson said. “That is something my mom instilled in me, that football is never guaranteed. You got offered a full scholarship and you need to take advantage of that. Coming into that freshman year, that has been in my heart. Grades have always been a big thing. It’s always been school over sports. If I came home with a bad report card (and) I had a basketball tournament that weekend, I wasn’t going to that basketball tournament. So really school is always first.”