Brandon Wilds
Brandon Wilds

RS Junior

Blythewood, S.C.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 222


2 VL


Gamecocks' Wilds goes crazy in second half

By John Brasier (The Greenville News)


Gamecocks' Wilds eager to get running

By Willie T. Smith (The Greenville News)

Fourth-year junior running back who provides an excellent complement to starter Mike Davis... big back who likes to run between the tackles... has 707 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 150 career carries... owns three 100-yard rushing games... also has 24 receptions for 255 yards and two scores... has made five career starts.

2013: Sophomore tailback who was hampered for much of the season with injuries... limited to just seven games... 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 while redshirting.

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.