Fifth-year senior running back who has been waiting in the wings behind Mike Davis for the past three years, now gets an opportunity to get the bulk of the carries in 2015... penciled in as the probable starter at tailback, but will have to hold off a challenge from others, most notably David Williams... ranks 28th on Carolina’s all-time rushing list with 1,277 yards on 256 carries, an average of 5.0 yards per carry... has made 11 career starts... has four 100-yard rushing games in his career, including two against Tennessee.
2014: Junior running back who was second on the squad with 570 yards rushing on 106 carries (5.4 per carry) with four touchdowns... also caught 18 passes for 143 yards and a score... started four of the 12 games in which he appeared... recorded 93 yards on 14 carries against Georgia and scored the game-winning touchdown on 24-yard run... left the Vanderbilt game with a sprained shoulder... did not play versus Furman due to a knee injury... became the 42nd player in school history to cross the 1,000-yard rushing barrier for a career at Auburn... had a career-high 143 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries, including a career-long 70-yard run, versus Tennessee... also added two receptions for 30 yards a touchdown against the Vols... opened the game’s scoring at Florida with a 20-yard run... earned the start against South Alabama, rushing 16 times for 77 yards.
2013: Sophomore tailback who was hampered for much of the season with injuries... limited to just seven games with two starts... logged 43 carries for 221 yards, a 5.1-yard average, with three touchdowns... also caught nine passes for 119 yards and two scores... ran a dozen times for 64 yards in the season opener against North Carolina... it was his first action since the 2011 season... scored on a seven-yard burst at Georgia... rushed 10 times for 36 yards and caught a career-high five passes for a career-best 65 yards with a 33-yard TD catch in the win over Vanderbilt... rushed five times for 31 yards at UCF before suffering a dislocated elbow... missed six games between the elbow and a hamstring injury... returned to action with seven carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns against Coastal Carolina... caught two passes for 36 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception that sealed the win, against Clemson... garnered the Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring accolades at the 2013 Garnet & Black Spring Game.
2012: Sat out the season as a redshirt after suffering a high ankle sprain... worked extremely hard in the weight room to gain strength and speed.
2011: True freshman who burst on the scene after the season-ending injury to Marcus Lattimore and proved to be an SEC-caliber back... began the fall camp listed as the fifth-string tailback... Injuries to Lattimore (knee), Shon Carson (knee), Kenny Miles (wrist) and Eric Baker (ankle) vaulted Wilds to the top of the heap... used primarily as a special teams performer early in the season... appeared in each of the first seven games, rushing 13 times for 75 yards, an average of 5.8 yards per carry... made his first career start at Tennessee... rushed 28 times for 137 yards, an average of 4.9 yards per carry, with a long of 24 yards against the Vols... also was the Gamecocks’ leading receiver with three catches for 31 yards... He was held in check at Arkansas with 10 carries for just 21 yards, but scored his first collegiate touchdown... bounced back with his second 100-yard rushing game when he went for 120 yards on a career-high 29 carries against Florida... logged 109 yards and two TDs on 20 carries against The Citadel including a season-best 47-yard burst... finished the season with three 100-yard rushing games among his five starts... was third on the squad with 486 net yards rushing on 107 carries, an average of 4.5 yards per tote... scored three rushing touchdowns... also caught 15 passes for 136 yards, 9.1 yards per catch.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Blythewood (S.C.) High School in 2011... finished his prep career with 500 carries for 2,700 yards with 29 rushing scores in 33 games... coached by Geremy Saitz... carried 175 times for 818 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior... played in the North-South All-Star game following the season... rushed for 1,551 yards (129 per game) and scored 20 TDs as a junior... became the first player in Bengal history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season... had 73 carries for 331 yards as a sophomore in 2008... considered a three-star recruit and the state’s 29th-best player by Rivals.com... regarded as a three-star prospect and the nation’s 115th-best running back by Scout.com... named a PrepStar All-American... also considered East Carolina, Arkansas, Illinois and Maryland.
PERSONAL: Brandon T. Wilds was born July 22, 1993... is an interdisciplinary studies major who is scheduled to graduate in December.