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37 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Braden Wilson


#37 Braden Wilson
True Senior
6-4 | 254
Smith Center, Kan.


Position: Fullback

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Braden Wilson (b. Oct. 9, 1989) is another player who grayshirted and subsequently was pressed into action "early" without the benefit of a redshirt year, like Travis Tannahill and Ty Zimmerman.

Such measures in 2009 and 2010 became necessary due to the incredible ineptitude of Ron Prince, who left Bill Snyder with one of the most discombobulated, unbalanced rosters in NCAA Division I history.

Needless to say, Wilson was one of the revelations of the 2009 season. Clearly, he didn't really need a redshirt before making his impact known on a weekly basis.

I had listed him at multiple positions at this time last year, even though fullback is his majority role, because he drilled some in 2011 at defensive end, where he was decently effective. But that didn't translate into playing time.

I haven't heard much about Wilson as a defensive end since a year ago, so I'm abandoning that part of his position listing. Maybe he will surprise in 2012, but I think at this point, we're deep enough there we don't need him.

That frees up him to focus on his most valuable contribution to the team: Blowing holes in opposing defensive lines and knocking enemy linebackers on their asses so Collin Klein can run unchecked. Godspeed, young man.