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#33 Colin Wilson

Class: RS Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-1/231

Position: Running back

Hometown: Green Cove Springs, FL

Twitter: @YaBoy_3

Thoughts: This time last year I started hearing lots of chatter from the staff and people close to the program about Colin Wilson. He was turning a head or two once he got on campus and some thought he might push for early PT as a true freshman. Most of us knew he was a talented kid, after all, he was considered a Top 20 back nationally by every recruiting service out there, but many weren’t sure if he was an immediate impact talent or a young man who would grow into an every down player. As the season started Coach Petrino went with the experienced guys relying on Reggie, Malik, and Jeremy Smith to carry the load out of the backfield against Purdue and UNC. Colin saw the field late against Clemson but didn’t see his first rushing attempt until the following week against Kent State getting three carries for 33yds. The next week he got another three carries for 36 yds against Murray, and was looking good doing it…

A 19 yard rush, a 14 yard rush, a 7 yard completion….a torn ACL.

Just like that the 2017 season was over for Colin. With injuries to Dae Williams, and Jeremy Smith already the position group looked like a M.A.S.H. unit and the opportunity for Colin to get significant reps while a few other guys were down was just not meant to be. In those two games we saw what I think was the tip of what Wilson can do, and if you’re looking for a silver lining in the whole situation Colin only seeing time in three games meant he was available to take a redshirt last year and still have four seasons of eligibility left with the Cards.

As we look forward to 2018 Colin will certainly have his name in the hat as a Day 1 starter. As I’ve discussed before I think we’re going to wind up with a RB by committee approach this season likely rotating Dae, Colin, and Trey Smith, with a sprinkle of Staples and a couple young guys when the situation is right. I said it back on Day 100 and I’ll repeat it here again. If you give me Dae Williams and Colin Wilson as my 1-2 punch, on paper, I’m over the moon excited about what they bring to the offense. Both are big physical backs but they don’t lack speed and they can certainly make a man miss in open space. The problem is we don’t play on paper, and the physical style they play makes both extremely susceptible to suffering injuries…again. Both guys worked their way back from injuries in 2017 and other than Colin working off a little injury weight they are at 100% according to the staff. I love Dae Williams, but I’m not going to be shocked if he starts loosing a few reps to Wilson as the season progresses. I think he can be another Louisville great out the backfield and I’d love to see that start this season and have folks looking at him as a Top back in the ACC heading into 2019.

Back in June Kolby Smith was asked what a healthy Wilson brings to the running back position and his response was pretty much all that needs to be said. “Big plays…BIG plays”.

Sweet Tweet:

Oh, Mr. Florida pumping his chest a little? Looks like it’s time for the annual state-by-state showdown where battle lines and boundary lines become one. Each year we see which state (Georgia, Florida, and Kentucky) would field the best 7-on-7 team from the Cards current roster. Florida has dominated in the past but 2018 appears to be more balanced. Who ya got?

FLORIDA

GEORGIA

KENTUCKY

Poll

Which team is winning the 7-on-7 battle?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Florida
    (45 votes)
  • 68%
    Georgia
    (145 votes)
  • 9%
    Kentucky
    (21 votes)
211 votes total Vote Now