|Former J.C. Smith star Emanuel Wilson transfers to Ft. Valley St.|
|RB was 2019 CIAA offensive rookie of year|
|Published Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:22 am|
|PHOTO | CURTIS WILSON|
|Former Johnson C. Smith running back Emanuel Wilson (left), the CIAA’s offensive rookie of the year in 2019, is transferring to Fort Valley State, per his Hudl recruiting account.|
Running back Emanuel Wilson, the CIAA offensive rookie of the year in 2019, is transferring to Fort Valley State, per his Hudl recruiting account. Wilson, a North Mecklenburg High graduate, has three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2020 season. He announced his intention to transfer with an April 4 tweet.
Fort Valley State’s new head coach, Maurice Flowers, was Fayetteville State’s offensive coordinator last year when Wilson torched the Broncos for 195 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in FSU’s 35-34 win. Flowers, a JCSU and East Mecklenburg High alum, declined to confirm Wilson’s transfer when reached via text.
Wilson ran for 1,040 yards last year, including a school-record 265 yards against Benedict, was hampered by a shoulder injury late in the season that limited him to 48 yards over the final three games. Still, he was one of the top rushers in Division II for most of the season and set JCSU records for rushing touchdowns with 13, average yards per carry (6.5) and consecutive 100-yard games (four). The rest of the Golden Bulls accounted for 599 yards, led by sophomore Donnell Thompson, who ran for 132 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
Adding Wilson to the backfield would give FVSU, which fired coach Kevin Porter after going 6-4 last year, a major upgrade. As a team, the Wildcats managed 423 yards rushing, with junior Kentavious Thomas leading the way with 175 yards on 32 carries. Senior quarterback Slade Jarman accounted for a team-high six rushing touchdowns.
Without Wilson, JCSU will have to either rely on the four returning running backs from last year’s roster or 2020 commit Darrius Powell (6-0, 224 pounds) of Alachua (Fla.) Santa Fe High, who earned FloridaHSFootball.com second team 4A all-state and Jacksonville Sun all-area after rushing for 1,013 yards and seven scores as a senior.
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