Wilder had 81 carries for 563 yards and eight touchdowns as one of two primary backups to starter Devonta Freeman. He also battled a shoulder injury and a concussion. Honorable mention All-ACC selection.
Powerful sophomore tailback enjoyed a breakout season...ranked third on the team with 635 rushing yards on 110 carries (5.8 ypc)...ranked third among ACC running backs with 11 rushing touchdowns...also collected 19 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns...earned ACC Championship Game MVP honors after rushing for 69 yards and two TD's on 10 carries in FSU's 21-15 win over Georgia Tech...rushed for two touchdowns in four games (Murray St., Savannah St., Clemson and Georgia Tech) and added a pair of receiving touchdowns against Boston College.Arguably his most important run of the season was a seven-yard gain on fourth-and-one at Virginia Tech, which kept FSU's game-winning touchdown drive alive with less than a minute to play...registered his first 100-yard rushing game in the opener against Murray State (12-106) and narrowly missed his second against Wake Forest (16-94)...his 13 touchdowns on the season are the most by a Seminole since Antone Smith registered 16 in 2008...his 52 rushing yards in the Orange Bowl gave FSU three backs with 600 yards for the first time in a season since 1984.
Highly touted true freshman running back who played in 12 games...tied for the second-best per carry average on the squad at 4.6...finished third on the team with 35 carries and 160 rushing yards...saw fist action of his career with a five-yard run in the third quarter against CSU...had a 41-yard run on game's last play, which was tied for the longest rush by a Seminole on the season...led the team with 10 rushes for 76 yards versus CSU...scored first career touchdown at Wake Forest...also excelled on special teams on kickoff and punt coverage and kickoff return...received one of two special teams newcomer awards at the team's annual banquet.
A dynamic, five-star athlete, who was considered the best overall athlete in the country after playing both running back and linebacker at Tampa Plant High School...led Plant to the 5A state title game...selected to the U.S. Army All-American team as a senior and participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he scored the winning touchdown for the East...rushed for 1,597 yards and 22 touchdowns, and had 75 tackles and eight sacks as a senior.Selected All-USA first team defense by USA Today...ranked as the No. 2 running back and No. 11 player nationally by Rivals.com...ranked as the No. 3 outside linebacker and the No. 29 overall player by Scout.com...rated the No. 29 player on the ESPN 150 and the No. 4 overall athlete in the nation...No. 7 on the Sporting News Top 100 for 2011...rated a five-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com...Tampa Tribune's All-Hillsborough County First Team as a senior...No. 1 on Bill Buchalter's 2011 Florida Top 100 for the Orlando Sentinel...No. 7 on Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120...member of the Florida Times-Union's Super 75 where he was rated as the No. 1 overall athlete.2010 U.S. Air Force All-American...second team defense by MaxPreps...No. 2 on Tom Lemming's MaxPreps.com Top 100...as a junior helped Plant to a 5A state title after rushing for 1,004 yards (7.49 per carry) and 15 touchdowns, while registering 136 tackles (66 solo) and 19 sacks on defense...earned First Team All-State honors for 5A classification as a junior...as a sophomore, registered 145 total tackles with 62 solo and 15 sacks and was selected All-Hillsborough County First Team, FSWA Second Team 5A All-State and All-Suncoast Second Team...son of former Buccaneers running back James Wilder...born April 14, 1992.
05/13/2014 - Bengals CFA class: James Wilder Jr., RB, Florida State 6-3, 232: Big, strong back...Not a lot of speed, but is physical and agile....Averaged 4.6 yards per carry on a little more 200 college carries before coming out as a junior... had 81 carries for 563 yards and eight touchdowns for national champs this season...Had some scrapes with the law and once pleaded no contest to a charge of resisting an officer without violence....Father James Wilder rushed for all but 51 of his 6,000 NFL yards in nine seasons with Tampa...Hometown is Tampa, Fla. - Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
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