We’re going to write about Brandon Wilds this week. Or, at least, we’re going to try. These plans tend to change during the week based on availability and breaking news, but Wilds is scheduled to speak at today’s weekly news conference, so I’m guessing we will have a story about him later this week in The State.
As I was starting to think about the story and how I wanted to write it, my mind drifted back to a conversation I had with Wilds after his first (or second, I’m getting old and the memory fades) fall scrimmage as a college player. Coming out of high school, there were rumblings that Wilds was headed to fullback in college.
So I ran that by him. I can still remember the icy glare he gave me in response.
“I’m a tailback,” he said.
In the last three years, he has proven that. Wilds has not been an SEC superstar, but he’s been a steady performer for South Carolina throughout the last three seasons, and he’s proven that tailback is where he belongs.
For a lot of college players, things don’t work out like they think they will at this level. That’s just a function of math. There are only 22 starters and even fewer frontline contributors on a team each year. With 85 players generally on scholarship each season, that means the odds are not necessarily in the favor of the individual player. Wilds, though, has found his niche at the spot he wanted.
Around the SEC:
This Leon Orr story at Florida is the SEC’s weirdest of the year. Upon learning that he wasn’t starting against Vanderbilt before the game on Saturday, Orr just left. Left the locker room, left Nashville, Tenn. Apparently, he caught a bus home to Gainesville. Will Mushchamp immediately kicked him off the team. Orr wants to return, but Muschamp says no way.
South Carolina fans pining for the days of Ellis Johnson at defensive coordinator might be shocked to learn that Johnson is getting heat at Auburn this year, such as from this columnist. The Tigers defense is pretty bad.
Todd Gurley is back for Georgia, and Mark Richt is battening down the hatches around his team heading into the Auburn game.
LSU’s AD apologized on behalf of the students who chanted an unkind thing at Alabama head coach Nick Saban last week. The FCC-unfriendly words could be heard on the CBS broadcast of the game.