Countdown To Kickoff - 37 Days

MANHATTAN, Kan. - 37 Days left until the first game and today we are profiling # 37 - Braden Wilson in the countdown to kickoff.

37 Braden Wilson

Class: Senior

Hometown: Smith Center, Kan.

High School: Smith Center

Height / Weight: 6-4 / 254

Position: FB

Birthdate: 10/09/1989

Experience: 3L

A bruising fullback who is a hard-nosed player and one of the toughest players in the Big 12.

2010: Started 11 games and appeared in all 13... Lead blocker for Daniel Thomas, who was ninth in the nation and tops in the Big 12 in rushing... Helped paved the way for a Wildcat rushing attack that gained 200.0 yards per game, which ranked second in the Big 12, 20th nationally and 10th in school history... Also had 7 catches for 63 yards, while he scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard rush at North Texas... Hauled in a career high two passes for 18 yards against Nebraska... Grabbed another pass for five yards vs. Oklahoma State... Had a career-long 23-yard reception vs. Missouri State.

2009: A hard-nosed player who one of the best lead blockers in the Big 12... Saw time in all 12 games, including 4 starts... Helped the Wildcats average 179.9 rushing yards per game and a 4.3-yard average per carry... Also recorded four catches for 33 yards out of the backfield.

HIGH SCHOOL: A two-way player both at running back and defensive end who was a Kansas Top 11 selection and First Team KFBCA All-State selection in 2007... Smith Center scored 72 points in the first quarter of a game in 2007, a national high school record... Helped lead Smith Center to four consecutive undefeated seasons and state titles... Ran for 1,807 yards on 112 carries and 29 touchdowns as a senior... His 65 total tackles on defense helped the Redmen shut out their first 11 opponents and allow just 20 points all year... Won the 2007 Kansas Class 2-1A championship with a 40-14 win over St. Mary's-Colgan... Rushed for 225 yards and three touchdowns in the 2007 state title game... Named to the 2007 Hays Daily News Super 11... The Redmen average 419 yards rushing -- and an incredible 11.8 per play and outgained their opponents by more than 4,000 yards for the season in total offense and by more than 4,300 yards on the ground... Also out-scored their opponent, 840-20, in 2007... Played for head coach Roger Barta... Also was an all-league basketball player and state qualifier in the discus and long jump.

PERSONAL: Braden Wilson was born October 9, 1989... Parents are Chuck and Meg Wilson.

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