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James Wilson is no longer a bust

GAINESVILLE -- Florida offensive lineman James Wilson is a thoughtful guy. He's introspective, highly intelligent and, for the first time in college career, he isn't a bust.

Wilson, a redshirt sophomore, called himself a recruiting bust on Tuesday but said he is finally beginning to fulfill some of the lofty potential that was placed upon him when he signed with Florida three years ago. Wilson was a five-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, but his first two seasons at UF were disappointments. Wilson arrived at UF with a knee injury. Last year he suffered from micro-fractures in his feet.

Wilsonmug For the past week, Wilson practiced with the first-team offense while center Maurkice Pouncey rested a sore shoulder. Wilson played right guard during training camp while Mike Pouncey moved from right guard to center, stepping in for his injured twin brother.

"I'm 20 pounds lighter than I was in the spring and it makes things so much easier," Wilson said. "It's a huge relief. Just being about to go and be accountable to coaches and finally fly around."

Maurkice Pouncey practiced on Tuesday for the first time this fall, meaning Wilson was bumped back down the depth chart. The starting offensive line, according to Wilson: left tackle Matt Patchan, left guard Carl Johnson, center Maurkice Pouncey, right guard Mike Pouncey and right tackle Marcus Gilbert.

While he's not a starter, Wilson will play plenty this season. Ideally, UF rotates its top eight or nine offensive line throughout games to keep players fresh. Other reserve offensive linemen who are in the rotation include Maurice Hurt, Sam Robey and freshmen Xavier Nixon and Jonotthan Harrison.

If a starter goes down, regardless of the position, then Wilson will likely be the first player off the bench. Several of UF's offensive linemen are required to know more than one position. For example, Marcus Gilbert and Carl Johnson could play both tackle and guard while the Pouncey twins can play either center or guard.

After battling through a knee injury and micro-fractures in his feet, Wilson is happy he's finally able to contribute. He's also happy he didn't transfer to Wake Forest last year. Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Tuesday that Wilson was so close to transferring that his bags were packed. 

Wilson "I came in pretty highly ranked and I've been pretty much a bust since I've been here," Wilson said. "I just want to show my teammates that three years paid off and through everything I've been through I just want to start contributing. I just finally realized it was me and had to get myself right and do everything I can to get right and it's starting to pay off."

[PICTURED, A bust no more.]

Meyer said on Tuesday that he spoke to Wilson after practice and told him, "he can play this game a while if you just practice."

As for Wilson's decision to remain at Florida instead of transferring to Wake Forest, Meyer said, "He was gone. He was packed and ready to go.

"Like a lot of these guys, you want to run from something that's hard. If I had a list of every kid that wanted to quit or quit in the last 20 years ... as a matter of fact, I went through this, every receiver we've ever had at Florida at one point quit. Think about that. From Dallas Baker to [Riley] Cooper and all those guys in between. At some point every one of them. Because it's hard. The expectation level, especially on skill players, is -- this guys are all super stars in high school and they come here and they're not super stars. It takes a while to become a good player. The frustration runs out."

Jarred Fayson (Illinois) and Nyan Boateng (California) are the two receives who transferred. Both players are projected starters this season at their new schools.

FRANKIE HAMMOND JR. IMPROVING
Meyer said on Tuesday that redshirt freshman Frankie Hammond Jr. is the top reserve at receiver.

"Frankie Hammond is ahead of them," Meyer said. "Frankie Hammond and T.J. Lawrence are beginning to progress."

BRENDAN BEAL NOT TRANSFERRING
Internet rumors that linebacker Brendan Beal is transferring are false, according to Meyer. Beal is currently battling for the back-up spot at middle linebacker, according to Meyer.

"The one thing about Brendan Beal, a very smart guy. He just loves the game and wants to play and also get a great education," Meyer said. "He just wants to play and I can't blame him."

-jo-

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Tanned rested and ready. Once again Goody is swinging the big lumber.

Nice post.

Soembody on Gator Bait told me that "Beal is gone to Rutgers, done deal." Glad to hear he is not. Great for the Gators and even better for me the next time I see the knucklehead who told me.

Welcome back jo, we've missed ya.

Random question: Which season opener would you rather watch, UGA at OK State or Va. Tech vs. Bama?

-jo-

Neither.

UGA/OKST if I had to - SEC vs. Big 12

Toss up. Either a Big12 beatdown or an ACC beatdown. UGA/OkSt will probably be a better game but 'Bama playing defending ACC champ has plenty of appeal.

Can we just skip right to UF/UT ?

Urban Meyer would say, "Don't forget about Troy!"

-jo-

Lest we forget the mighty Buccaneers of Charleston Southern?

Both are great games, but the real team play's again on Monday Night Prime Time national TV!

OK State Wins
Alabama Wins
Miami Wins

MTX- I would have Agreed with you ten years ago.
2009? Not so much.

Plus, Fsu is the favorite for good reasons aside from night game at Tallahassee

How do canes look at 4 most important positions on the field?

QB? Thin (no pun intended)
OT? Thin, nothing there
DT? Scary thin, Jimbo will pound them
CB? Thin, they were atrocious last year. How much improvement will they show?

Congrats Cane Fan ...

So, U have 1 player on Ur ENTIRE Roster that would see the field as a GATOR...


Ur Erosion is truly sad.


3rd..Ray Ray for QB #3

Posted by: drtycane21 | August 27, 2009 at 06:54 AM


Can Bosher throw the ball ?

Posted by: Would Save Having To Trot Him Out After Yet Another 3 n Out ... | August 27, 2009 at 07:02 AM

Charm School don't win 'Ships ... Players do and U have just ONE on Ur ENTIRE SQUAD !!!

Posted by: If We Had Jacory The Entire Season, We'd Of Won 10 Games... Just Wait Til Next Year... Again | August 27, 2009 at 09:31 AM

HOLA SOLDY!

First off braindead canefan, Meyer is KILLING marble mouf in recruiting. Just go check your beloved ESPN rankings. Marbles is an also ran now. Meyer could close the NUMBER ONE class in 2010. That's what dominating does for U.

Nice the way U have been dominating since joining a mildly competitive conference. Those ZERO Acc titles are quite impressive.

Word js that the FSU glee club will be handing out free masks and snorkels at gate 472 on game night. U have a liile DE problem and Dumbo Fisher is salivating heavily.

Posted by: Kehoe say: waffles are for PU$$IES | August 27, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Eric, it's a WATCH LIST YOU BUFFOON!

Look at the BOTTOMLESS list of individual awards for UF players last year then look at YOURS. U are. Running joke

Posted by: Kehoe loved the "buy 10 Ultimates-Get 1Free" card , what ever happened to those anyway? | August 27, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Gator players will be FLOODING INTO the NFL in the next draft. Um will have one maybe two mid rounders. That's the clear sign that U are mow IRRELEVANT. Carlos Dunlap will be a top five overrall and UF will flood the first two rounds.

Congratulations on having two players on the Butkus WATCH LIST U IMMENSE MORON.

Posted by: The curse of art kehoe | August 27, 2009 at 11:38 AM

U put on a Gator hat and swore U saw a dumb guy in the mirror.

Posted by: Throw away your 305 hat that U bought at the Beauty Supply in Overtown and put on your "472" hate U dumb cane stooge | August 27, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Hey Eric U dumb cane honk.

I don't put much stock in watch lists but U seem to.

Have a peek if U dare.

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/gatorbytes/2009/08/27/gators-all-encompassing-2009-awards-watch-list-updated/

Posted by: Dumb canefan that calls other fans dumb is EXTRA dumb | August 27, 2009 at 11:50 AM

..Get Down or Get BEAT DOWN

canefan4life

Nice RHETORIC dimbulb. Sadly that is what U have been reduced to....RHETORIC.

Bash coach Shannon??? It's simply stating the truth U dumb cane stooge. He's a horrendously bad coach and a pathological LIAR. I'll cut him a break when he grasps the rudiments of utilizing timeouts.

Posted by: Who will the third "hire from within" be? Doddering old Whipple that nobody wants?... WHIP IT | August 27, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Green this...... Green that.......

SHUT UP U RHETORIC CLOWN!

Try not getting run over for 480 yards then TALK EMPTY SMACK.
Or maybe score more than 3 points U F'in dumbazzz.
Or have somebody other than your KICKER as your MVP.
Or recruit some DE's that aren't glass jawed wussies
Or get a MAN QB that won't get blown over in a stiff wind
Or just shut you ignorant cane pie hole U no conference winning pansies!

Posted by: Kehoe HATED chumps that ran empty smack | August 27, 2009 at 12:14 PM

5 Gators and 9 total SEC Players ...

2 acc ... Bwwwaaaahhhhhh !!!


maybe Ur MVP can be the holder ...

Posted by: Where Are U ? | August 27, 2009 at 09:00 AM

Hey Alan,

Why log in now? Why not use one of your 10,000 aliases?

Monster.com Randy Says:
August 27th, 2009 at 10:35 am

Started at 5:45 am?

Look at that LYING loser copying the Champion up the street

U will finish in the middle of the SORRY ACC Coastal division yet again Says:
August 27th, 2009 at 12:38 pm
Canes will be fine?

Okee dokee BUCKO you keep rockin that.

All we’ve heard for years aside from the “were young” excuse is the “were injured” excuse. Losing teams ALWAYS use those excuses. And NEWSFLASH: the injuries are already piling up for 09.

And, the CHAMPIONS had EIGHT ACL injuries on their two deep last year and still BLASTED OU in YOUR RENTAL HOUSE for yet another Championship.

u clowns don’t know what depth is.

DuhU!!!

more empty RHETORIC

( go look up "rhetoric" clown)

Posted by: Mycanes/360canes/Sarasota/ | August 27, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Heres hoping to at least an 8 win season.

Posted by: JRod | August 27, 2009 at 01:16 PM

That's just funny.

.500 U

no conference titles

more of the same in 09

The depth is NOT building. Spare the real fans all that laughable "lowe the boom" NONSENSE.... please
the Oline stinks. The dline is crumbling as we speak. A beatdown in the trenches awaits. Eight wins? NADA

Posted by: A realist | August 27, 2009 at 01:34 PM

Jo, you better be carefuly here. (Y)our site here is going down hill. When that Cane (or those Canes) start trying to write on this site, I completely lost interest. You can't even understand most of their drivel!

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