Thursday, January 18, 2018
Colleges

FSU's Wilder more confident in injured shoulder

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State RB James Wilder is returning to top form.

The junior out of Plant High hurt his shoulder against Pittsburgh in the season opener. He hasn't missed time, but Wilder has looked hesitant running the ball for the past month.

Though Wilder only ran the ball six times for 40 yards against Maryland on Oct. 5, coach Jimbo Fisher saw a distinct difference.

"His shoulder, he's trusting it," Fisher said. "It always was healthy, now he's trusting it. Sometimes when you're hurt, the mental part of getting over that is the hardest part."

Fisher took to calling Wilder "chicken wing" because he was visibly favoring his shoulder.

Wilder, who has 214 rushing yards and two scores this season while also contributing as a lead blocker at times, is relieved to be reaching full strength.

"Toward the beginning, the shoulder wasn't as fine, but now my shoulder is okay, full and back again," Wilder said. "So I feel more comfortable myself running the ball, not holding my arm up or nothing like that, using it like I'm supposed to. No hesitation or anything like that."

clemson cb out: Clemson's secondary took a hit for Saturday's FSU game. Top backup CB Garry Peters suffered a foot injury in practice Wednesday and surgery is scheduled today.

UF: New Mizzou QB

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk said nothing will change when he fills in for injured starter James Franklin against the Gators on Saturday.

At 6 feet and 200 pounds, Mauk gives up 2 inches and 30 pounds to Franklin, but he likes to run, so he says don't expect anything different in the play calling.

"Last year, I kind of struggled," Mauk said. "I didn't know as much. But now I know that playbook like the back of my hand, man."

Teammates told him just to be confident in himself and not to try to do too much. Former Missouri quarterback and current Chiefs backup Chase Daniel requested Mauk's phone number to pass along advice.

Mauk started practicing with the first string this week after taking "mental reps" with it all season.

"He's probably going to make some mistakes like all kids do," coach Gary Pinkel said. "But the big thing is you don't want him to be a robot out there. You want him to do what he does and play quarterback the way he plays quarterback."

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