Wilcox (6-foot-0, 215 pounds) spent his first three seasons with the Eagles on offense, mainly as a slot receiver. During that time, he rushed 137 times for 964 yards - a nifty 7 yards per carry average - and 13 touchdowns. He caught 45 passes for 898 yards and four scores. But this season, he was switched to the Georgia Southern secondary, where he's made 84 tackles and intercepted two passes. He's also returned kickoffs for an average of 25.5 yards on 30 attempts. - Mark Inabinett, Alabama Live
12/08/2012 - Dominique Swope ran 12 yards for a touchdown with 2:36 remaining, and Georgia Southern's defense helped erase a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter and beat Old Dominion 49-35 in the FCS quarterfinals. Jerick McKinnon ran for four touchdowns for the Eagles (10-3), who completed just two passes all day but ran for 602 yards in pursuit of their seventh national championship. They trailed 35-21 entering the final quarter, then scored the final 28 points to reach the semifinals.
Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who broke Steve McNair's single-season passing yardage record during the game and became the first quarterback with over 5,000 yards in a season, fumbled to set up the Eagles' tying drive in the fourth quarter, then threw incomplete on fourth-and-6 from his own 39. Three plays later, Swope's second touchdown run put Georgia Southern in front to stay. It was the second consecutive season the Eagles have dispatched the Monarchs (11-2) from the playoffs in a thriller. Last season, the Eagles won 55-48 at home. Swope finished with 186 rushing yards, and McKinnon had 171. - AP Sports
12/03/2012 - Georgia Southern senior safety J.J. Wilcox was invited Monday to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala. Wilcox is the second player in program history to earn an invitation to the college football all-star game, following Adrian Peterson in 2002. "It's a great showcase to be able to show off Georgia Southern to the nation," Wilcox said. "It's a blessing. I was in the right spot at the right time. The coaches put me in a great position, and it's a blessing and a privilege just to be able to play."
After spending three years on the offensive side of the ball, where he accumulated 964 career rushing yards, Wilcox moved to safety this season and became an All-Southern Conference first-team selection. The Cairo, Ga., native is second on the team with 79 tackles and has returned 27 kicks for 711 yards. - Sports Network