GAINESVILLE, FL - APRIL 10: Safety Will Hill #10 and offensive lineman James Wilson #66 of the Florida Gators lead the team in the singing of the school fight song with fans after the Orange & Blue game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on April 10, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
There are 15 days until Florida's September 1 opener with Bowling Green. There are 66 entries left in the 100 For 100 series. Back on the horse!
How old is James Wilson? He was Tim Tebow's high school teammate at Nease High in Ponte Vedra Beach, came to Florida a year after Tebow did, and will have been in Gainesville for three more falls than Tebow after the 2012 season. Also, above, you can see Wilson cheering with Will Hill (who is back on Twitter!) after the 2010 Orange and Blue Game, back when he was a wee redshirt sophomore.
How important to Florida's offense is James Wilson? That's a more interesting question. Wilson was rotating with Kyle Koehne at left guard earlier this week, but he's obviously got a bit more experience than Koehne, who started for the first time against Furman in 2011. Left guard's arguably the least important position on the line (right guard will pull more, usually, and Jon Halapio is the Gators' entrenched right guard), but it would be nice if there were one player who could lock it down before the season begins.
Wilson was the nation's second-rated offensive lineman in 2007, according to Rivals, but he hasn't exactly been what recruitniks projected he would be so far, redshirting as a freshman, losing 2010 to a knee injury, and not starting until the Gator Bowl in 2011. Maybe 2012, his super-super senior year (double redshirt all the way?) will be when he does.