FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson remains questionable for Saturday's game against No. 1 Alabama.

Coach John L. Smith said on this morning's SEC Teleconference Wilson hadn't been cleared to practice because of the head injury he sustained in the first half of the 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe. But Smith said he remained hopeful Wilson — who watched Tuesday's practice wearing a T-shirt and shorts — will continue to improve.

"We’re still waiting to see what’s going to happen," Smith said. "He was out there (Tuesday). So maybe he’ll be able to go out and do some throwing and all of that and be ready to go (Wednesday) a little bit"

Smith said he was more optimistic about Wilson's chances Wednesday than earlier this week, but the decision wasn't in his hands. He also added: "Who knows? Maybe Tyler will be back ready to go."

Arkansas will continue preparing backups Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell for playing time while Wilson continues to recover from the injury.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday the Crimson Tide had "tremendous respect" for Arkansas' offense no matter who would be taking snaps Saturday.

The uncertainty has left the Crimson Tide to ponder three different possibilities at the position this week.

“We really don’t know what to expect," Saban said. "I think Brandon Allen, for a guy that hasn’t played a lot, did a pretty good job in the game. I’m sure he’s going to get better with a week’s preparation if he does have to play in the game. I know they can move other players to quarterback and do different things, and they can get their quarterback back.

"So there’s a few unknowns for us and what might happen at that position, and we just have to adjust and adapt to whatever it is we’re facing."

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau