Redshirt junior offensive lineman who has played in 24 games at Florida, including four starts, after redshirting his first year on campus.
Played in all 14 of UF's games his redshirt sophomore season, and secured four starts versus Charleston Southern, Troy, Tennessee and Arkansas...Contributed to Florida's 51-24 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl victory in New Orleans, La., as the Gators finished the 2009 season 13-1...Played in the 2009 SEC Championship Game versus Alabama...Helped the Gators defeat FIU at home...Contributed to Florida's win over Georgia in Jacksonville, as well as in the win over Vanderbilt...Made the start at left guard as Florida rolled on to defeat Arkansas 23-20 on Homecoming.
Took 33 snaps on the road in Lexington as the Gators defeated UK, 41-7 ...Contributed to Florida's offensive efforts in the win over Tennessee, taking 49 snaps on the line...Started at left guard in UF's win over Troy, taking 51 snaps and grading out at 80 percent in the 56-6 victory...Made his first career start as a Gator, securing the left guard position in the first game and victory of the 2009 season against Charleston Southern, where he graded out at 86 percent and recorded one knock down.
Dressed for all 14 games and saw action in 10 as a Gator during Florida's 2008 SEC and 2008 BCS title runs...Played against Hawaii, Arkansas, LSU, Kentucky, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, The Citadel, Florida State and Alabama...Graded out a Champion for the first time during the season for his effort against The Citadel, checking in at 82 percent.
Rated the No. 1 offensive guard and No. 2 overall prospect by Rivals.com...Rated second among offensive guards according to Scout.com...Rated 44th on the ESPN 150 list... The Scout.com fivestar offensive guard chose Florida over Southern California and Notre Dame... In 2006, he was chosen as a U.S. Army All-American...A member of the Class 4A All-State Team after leading Nease to a 14-1 record with District and Regional Championship wins... Helped Nease win the state championship in 2005 by collecting 69 pancakes and 51 downfield blocks...Also plays basketball for Nease and was a state weightlifting qualifier in 06...High school coach was Craig Howard...Parents are James Wilson II and Carla Wilson.
Parents are James Wilson II and Carla Wilson.
- James Wilson was a consensus five-star recruit coming out of Nease High School in 2007. His career disrupted by multiple knee injuries and weight issues, Wilson found himself beginning last season in a position no redshirt senior wants to be - the scout team. UF coach Will Muschamp, then in his first year, was resigned to letting Wilson finish out his career in underwhelming fashion. Then Wilson finally got healthy, in shape and mentally woke up. "We had to be able to get him in a functional way to play football," Muschamp said. "He started last year on scout team. He wasn't working with the offense in game week." Wilson realized his career was coming to a close and he didn't like the mark he was set to leave behind. Five years, five career starts. "I didn't feel I was helping the team as much as I could," Wilson said. "Then I felt I made strides, my lower-body strength got a lot better. My attention to detail was sharper and knowing my assignments." His goal became clear. Play well enough to convince Muschamp that he deserved the chance at applying for a sixth year of eligibility. Wilson, who redshirted his first year on campus, missed the final 10 games of the 2010 season with a left knee injury, leaving the possibility of acquiring a sixth year open. "It's up to the coaches if they want you back for a sixth year," Wilson said. "Toward the end of the season, that was my main goal. I had to show the coaches day in and day out at all practices how much I really wanted it and how I can help the Gators." - Hays Carlyon, The Florida Times Union
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