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James Wilder (concussion) expected to return to practice for FSU

James Wilder Jr. AP

Florida State probably doesn’t need a boost to throttle Miami this weekend (the early line is FSU by three touchdowns), but they might get one anyway.

Via ESPN’s David Hale, running back James Wilder is expected to practice Monday after missing FSU’s blowout win over N.C. State on Saturday with a concussion.

Wilder, last season’s Orange Bowl MVP, is third on FSU with 41 carries for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Coach Jimbo Fisher said Wilder was “close” to being cleared to play vs. N.C. State after suffering his concussion at Clemson.

FSU has the nation’s third-best scoring offense (52.6 points per game), only trailing Baylor and Oregon.

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14 Responses to “James Wilder (concussion) expected to return to practice for FSU”
  1. realfootballfan says: Oct 28, 2013 1:02 PM

    I just don’t think Wilder fits the scheme because he’s been a disappointment. Williams just switched sides of the ball and is much better in the offense already.

  2. raiderufan says: Oct 28, 2013 1:22 PM

    All bets are off when it’s The Canes and Noles. I’m expecting a great game this weekend.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:56 PM

    No bets are off. Miami +21 is a sucker bet. No FSU turnovers = Miami loses by 4+ TD.

  4. tmac4454 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:10 PM

    Wilder is a power back, I really enjoy Freeman in the running game. I sure miss C Thompson. Thompson and Freeman were something special to watch when both ran the ball. I just wish Wilder was a back like my main man Greg Jones, he would punish DB’s in the open field. Wilder do your thing and get with your running game on short yardage. Go Noles….

  5. tallaman87 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:12 PM

    Wilder has NOT “been a disappointment.” he has had an injured shoulder. He has been selfless and become an effective blocker to spring Devonta Freeman and he has been a vocal leader. one glance at the team’s results and the team’s chemistry and you can see that he has been a successful player.

  6. canedaddy says: Oct 28, 2013 3:04 PM

    He’s a decent back but nowhere near as good as his pops. Plus dude needs to tuck in his shirt.

  7. raysfan1 says: Oct 28, 2013 3:44 PM

    Wilder, Sr, played on some of the worst teams in NFL history and was often the only truly serious offensive threat. He still gained over 6k yards rushing and 3500 yards receiving, making him one of the top 100 running backs ever.

    No, Wilder, Jr, is very likely not as good as his father but very few running backs are.

  8. raysfan1 says: Oct 28, 2013 3:48 PM

    You won’t find me trash talking or gloating over the Canes. They’re a good team. I’ll wait until the final whistle and the celebrate if my Noles are victorious.

  9. therealjd79 says: Oct 28, 2013 5:07 PM

    created a username and logged in just to say…Lonnie Pryor was MVP or the Orange Bowl last season. Die hard Noles fan here

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 28, 2013 5:13 PM

    Lonnie was THE MAN.

  11. realfootballfan says: Oct 28, 2013 5:42 PM


    What are you, his cousin or something? He is the definition of a disappointment for being a 5 star, number one type recruit. I didn’t say he isn’t good as I actually like his running style better than Freeman’s and think he will be a better pro than he is in college, but rather he doesn’t fit this scheme FSU runs.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 28, 2013 7:38 PM

    Yeah, he doesn’t really fit necessary. It worked last year because EJ’s effect on the system was different than Winston’s.

    Devonta and Karlos fit what they want to do on the ground.

  13. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 28, 2013 7:39 PM


    But he can still do work, especially in short yardage and in tight, even if we don’t have many of those situations at all.

  14. bloodisred says: Oct 28, 2013 9:14 PM

    The east/west runs from the spread aren’t his strong suit, he’s a classic I-back; start him 7 yards deep and he’ll beast all day long.

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