Newcomer to Watch: Florida State's James Wilder Jr.

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2011

Florida State opens their 2011 season with a home opener against the University of Louisiana at Monroe, a Sun Belt team that finished 5-7 a year ago. The last time Florida State played a Sun Belt team was in 2006, when they barely beat Troy, 24-17.

Florida State should be able to handle ULM with ease and one of the players that will be in action will be true freshman James Wilder Jr.

The 6'2", 219-pound running back has drawn comparisons to Adrian Peterson and Brandon Jacobs. He's been blessed with outstanding strength and power with a combination of speed and athleticism, not to mention the size of him. He's a solid 219 pounds and he carries his weight very well.

Chris Thompson has returned to practice and Ty Jones is right behind him on the depth chart, but Jimbo Fisher has already said that true freshman Devonta Freeman and Wilder Jr. will both see action on Friday.

In terms of size and speed, Florida State has never had a running back quite like Wilder Jr. The only running back that could be comparable is Greg Jones, who now plays fullback for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Wilder Jr. was a huge signing for the Seminoles and fans are biting at the bit to catch a glimpse of what the future might look like on Saturday. If all goes according to plan, Wilder Jr. will be impressive in his debut and will show Florida State fans that the running game won't be lacking for the next few years.