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Former Plant High School star James Wilder Jr. makes strong debut with Florida State Seminoles

TALLAHASSEE — It took former Plant High star RB James Wilder a while to hit the field for Florida State in Saturday's victory over Charleston Southern, but once he did he made an impression.

Wilder led the Seminoles in rushing with 10 carries, all in the second half, for 76 yards. He capped his night with a 41-yard run on the final play.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher had said last week on his radio show that they had to decide whether to redshirt Wilder, a freshman, in the next few days.

"We decided with the nicks and nacks at running back, and where we're at with guys banged up, we need that big body later in the year as we progress and go where we hope to go to," Fisher said after Saturday's game. "We're going to need that big frame, and as you can see, he's ready.

"All of a sudden those 3-yard runs were 6-yard runs, or 5-yard runs," Fisher said of Wilder, who is listed at 220 pounds. "That's what that big body can do. We're going to get him ready to play."

Times staff writer John Romano contributed to this report.

Former Plant High School star James Wilder Jr. makes strong debut with Florida State Seminoles 09/11/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 11, 2011 12:39am]
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