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James Wilder

  • Running Back
  • Tampa, FL (Plant)
  • Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 232
  • | 40: 4.86 2011 - 2014
  • Florida State Seminoles

  • Year: Junior

As a Recruit: Wilder was recruited from Plant (Tampa, FL) class of 2011. He committed to Florida State on 8/23/2010.


  • Feb 25


    2/25/2014: 4.86 forty. 18 reps bench press. 35-inch vertical. 4.24 shuttle. At NFL Combine.

  • Dec 2


    12/2/2013: James Wilder was named All-ACC Honorable Mention by the media.

  • Oct 19


    10/19/2013: James Wilder suffered a concussion against Clemson.

  • Sep 28


    9/28/2013: James Wilder had six rushes for 15 yards in FSU's 48-34 victory at Boston College. He also had two receptions for 18 yards.

  • Sep 21


    9/21/2013: James Wilder had 8 rushes for 56 yards and a TD in FSU's 54-6 victory against BCU.

  • Sep 14


    9/14/2013: James Wilder had six rushes for 45 yards and a TD in FSU's 62-7 victory over Nevada. He also had a 9-yard reception.

  • Sep 4


    9/4/2013: Jimbo Fisher said James Wilder Jr. is day-to-day with a minor shoulder injury suffered against Pittsburgh.

  • Sep 2


    9/2/2013: James Wilder had 10 rushes for 58 yards in Florida State's 41-13 victory over Pitt.

  • Sep 2


    9/2/2013: James Wilder injured his shoulder against Pittsburgh. The severity is not yet known.

  • Jan 1


    1/1/2013: James Wilder had 11 rushes for 52 yards in FSU's 31-10 victory over NIU.

  • Dec 1


    12/1/2012: James Wilder had 10 rushes for 69 yards and 2 touchdowns in FSU's 21-15 victory over Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship.

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Year RuAtt RuYd RuTD Rec RecYd RecTD
2011 35 160 1 2 14 0
2009 - 1100 19 - - -
Total 35 1260 20 2 14 0


2013 OUTLOOK:Big, physical back who is tough to bring down and can move a pile. Has good vision and continues to develop in pass protection and as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Another Doak Walker Candidate (nation's top running back) who will be part of one of the top running back tandems in the country with Devonta Freeman. Served as integral part of an FSU rushing attack, which averaged 205.9 yards a game and produced a single-season record 40 rushing touchdowns.

2012: 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.

2011: 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.

PERSONAL: 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 as the No. 3 outside linebacker and the No. 29 overall player by 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 and 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 Top 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 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.


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