Tag:James Wilder
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:47 pm

Florida State back James Wilder, Jr. arrested

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida State running back James Wilder, Jr. was arrested on felony charges of battery and resisting arrest, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.

The 19-year-old was charged with battery on an officer and resisting an officer with violence. A public information release confirming the incident stated that Wilder had been interfering with the arrest of Bianca Camarda, who reports later identified as the tailback's girlfriend. Wilder reportedly shouted at officers and pushed a deputy before officers regained controlled of the situation and he was arrested.

Wilder, Jr. was one of the top running backs in the country coming out of high school and the headline recruit in the Seminoles class of 2011. The rising sophomore struggled during his first season in Tallahassee however, totaling 160 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries last year.

Florida State starts spring practice on March 19.

Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: August 23, 2011 11:28 am

Could Chris Thompson (back) be redshirted?

Posted by Chip Patterson

One of the strengths of the Florida State offense is expected to be the return of their top three rushers, who combined for 1,940 yards in 2010. But an unspecified back injury could keep junior Chris Thompson, the team's leading rusher, off the field for "a long time."

Head coach Jimbo Fisher addressed the media after practice yesterday (you can see video HERE courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel) and seemed to have no clear answers on when, or even if, Thompson would return. The chronic back problems have kept the Seminoles' leading rusher in limited action throughout the preseason. If Thompson is not ready to go Sept. 3 against ULM, Florida State should be fine at the tailback position.

"Hopefully he'll get back, but if he doesn't, like I said there's a guy who can replace him," Fisher told reporters.

Seniors Jermaine Thomas and Ty Jones received praises from the head coach on Monday, and freshmen James Wilder and Devonta Freeman have also put together impressive fall camps. Considering the loaded talent at the position, it seems that redshirting Thompson may be an option for the Seminoles' coaching staff. Losing the team's leading rusher will hurt, especially after his breakout 2010 campaign, but if he can't get back to full strength soon it might be the best way for Florida State to prepare for the future.
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