South Carolina Football: Meet Brandon Wilds, the Gamecocks' New No. 1 Back

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2011

South Carolina is running out of running backs.

Losing Marcus Lattimore is a crushing blow to the team; however, he isn't the first running back this season to go down. 

Shon Carson, the No. 2 back, was lost to a season-ending injury early in the season.  Kenny Miles, an ex-starter, has been out with a wrist injury.  Eric Baker has also been out. 

Enter Brandon Wilds—a true freshman who started out as the fifth back on the depth chart. 

He is now the unquestioned starter. 

Guess what?  He's up for the job, and will prove to be a valuable member of the Gamecock football team. 

Brandon is very similar in build to Marcus Lattimore.  He is 6'1" and close to 230 pounds.  He runs a sub 4.5 forty, and was recruited by Arkansas, Illinois, Maryland and Auburn. 

In two years of high school, he rushed for 2,700 yards and 33 touchdowns.  He was a workhorse back who had a rare combination of size, speed and power. 

At the beginning of spring practice, it was almost a given that Brandon would be a redshirt player.  However, he played so well during the spring that the coach wanted him on the team. 

So far this season, he has carried 13 times for 75 yards and a touchdown.  His 5.8 yards-per-carry average is tops among all of the running backs on the team.

While I think Lattmore's injury will make life more difficult for the Gamecocks, Brandon Wilds is more than capable enough to come in and make an impact on this team. 

This season, the Gamecocks are learning the meaning of the phrase WIN ANYWAY.