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James Wilson

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Height
6' 5"
CLASS
RFR
Hometown
Ponte Vedra
Weight
315 lbs.
Experience
1L
School
Nease
James Wilson

CAREER:

Offensive lineman who played in 50 games at Florida, making 16 starts.

 

2012:

Started and played in 11 games, all at left guard…Started the first five games of the season before sitting out against Vanderbilt with an injury…Named a team captain against Missouri…Graded out a team-high by the UF coaching staff and named team Offensive Player of the Game against Kentucky…Graded 80 percent or higher seven times on the season…Earned the Chris Patrick Courage Award at the annual team banquet.

 

2011:

Missed the season opener, but appeared on the offensive line throughout the remaining 12 games of the season for Florida, putting time in against FAU, UAB, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Furman and Florida State…Earned his first start of the season, and sixth of his career, when he lined up at left guard against Ohio State in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl…Named the Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week following the Kentucky game…A key contributor on the Gators’ field-goal unit.

 

2010:

Did not play in Florida’s last 10 games, as he was sidelined with a left knee injury…Made the start at left guard vs. the Miami RedHawks and also saw time against USF.

 

2009:

Played in all 14 of UF’s games his redshirt sophomore season and secured four starts vs. 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 vs. Alabama…Made the start at left guard as Florida defeated 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 knockdown.

 

2008:

Dressed for all 14 games and saw action in 10 as a Gator during Florida’s 2008 SEC and 2008 BCS title runs…Graded out a Champion for the first time during the season for his effort against The Citadel, checking in at 82 percent.

 

2007:

Did not see action as a redshirt, but dressed for four games (Western Kentucky, Troy, Tennessee, Michigan).

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA:

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 ESPN150 list…The Scout.com five-star offensive guard chose Florida over USC 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 played basketball for Nease and was a state weightlifting qualifier in 2006…High school coach was Craig Howard.

 

What they’re saying…

 “James was able to come back this year, graduate and has played really well for us this fall. He’s just an outstanding young man.” (11/16/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“He played very well for us late in the year, really well. He's a guy that can get some girth and movement inside against bigger tackles in our league.” (9/7/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

(On noticing Wilson in 2011): “I think it was about the fourth or fifth game of the year. You keep noticing this guy on scout team creating some run-game issues for our defense. I'm thinking we need to get this guy an opportunity, especially with the way we were struggling to run the football.” (9/7/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

"This is my last chance really to prove it, that I can and show everyone else that I’m just not the hurt James Wilson anymore.” (8/13/12)
James Wilson, UF offensive lineman

 

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