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Wilson Maturing

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Once again, No. 1 Alabama's quarterback
John Parker Wilson was kicking himself for a poor decision in a big
game.

This time he was mad at himself for celebrating a touchdown by putting his hand to his ear as if he were talking on the phone, a gesture directed at LSU fans who had gotten his cell phone number before the game.

The move drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty call for the first time. Wilson said it was a bad decision.

But the once mistake-prone quarterback hasn't made many bad
decisions this season. Wilson seems far removed from those days heading into Saturday night's rematch with the Bulldogs, guiding Alabama into the SEC championship game and national title contention with a 10-0 record.

With wins and leadership more than stats, Wilson has also put himself in the mix for national awards, including the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Wilson has been aided by an experienced offensive line, the league's best rushing attack and new offensive coordinator Jim McElwain.


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