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08/07/12 - James Wilson was a consensus five-star recruit coming out of Nease High School in 2007. His career disrupted by multiple knee injuries and weight issues, Wilson found himself beginning last season in a position no redshirt senior wants to be - the scout team. UF coach Will Muschamp, then in his first year, was resigned to letting Wilson finish out his career in underwhelming fashion. Then Wilson finally got healthy, in shape and mentally woke up. “We had to be able to get him in a functional way to play football,” Muschamp said. “He started last year on scout team. He wasn’t working with the offense in game week.” Wilson realized his career was coming to a close and he didn’t like the mark he was set to leave behind. Five years, five career starts. “I didn’t feel I was helping the team as much as I could,” Wilson said. “Then I felt I made strides, my lower-body strength got a lot better. My attention to detail was sharper and knowing my assignments.” His goal became clear. Play well enough to convince Muschamp that he deserved the chance at applying for a sixth year of eligibility. Wilson, who redshirted his first year on campus, missed the final 10 games of the 2010 season with a left knee injury, leaving the possibility of acquiring a sixth year open. “It’s up to the coaches if they want you back for a sixth year,” Wilson said. “Toward the end of the season, that was my main goal. I had to show the coaches day in and day out at all practices how much I really wanted it and how I can help the Gators.” - Hays Carlyon, The Florida Times Union
04/06/12 - It has taken nearly six years, but James Wilson is poised to finally make it through his first healthy spring. Wilson, a redshirt senior offensive lineman, is the last remaining member of Urban Meyer’s national championship squad in 2008 and was granted a sixth season of eligibility in January due to a medical hardship. The main culprit keeping the 6-foot-4, 327-pound guard off the field has been a pair of broken feet his sophomore year and the four surgeries needed to repair his injured left knee. While he missed all of last spring recovering from a surgery, Wilson said he is ready to play at 1 p.m. Saturday during Florida’s spring game. “I went to coach Muschamp and told him, ‘Hey coach, I made it through my first spring,’” Wilson said. “He was all happy. It was kind of a big deal, but I just got to keep trucking. I got to make it through my first camp now." After working his way back into the Gators’ line rotation, Wilson earned his lone start of last season in Florida’s bowl victory against Ohio State. He said he found out the NCAA was allowing him to come back in the spring during the game. “It’s good to see him back out there,” offensive lineman Chaz Green said. “He’s capitalized on it. It’s his last year, make the best of it.” A healthy Wilson heading into next season would mean added depth to an offensive line group that struggled last year. - John Boothe, The Independent Florida Alligator