It sounds like former Plant High RB James Wilder could be playing his final college game on Monday night.
Wilder, a junior for the Florida State Seminoles, said he’s considering early entry into the NFL draft after FSU (13-0) takes on the Auburn Tigers (12-1) in the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl.
Wilder, 6-foot-2, 229 pounds, rushed for 542 yards (6.9-yard average) and eight touchdowns while working in a rotation with fellow juniors Devonta Freeman and Karlos Williams.
“It’s everybody’s dream to get to the next level,’’ Wilder said. “I’ll talk with my family, talk to the coaches and see where I have an opportunity. I want to see what round (I would be drafted) and whether it be better to have another year at FSU. Or would it make that much of a difference.’’
Wilder could be the second former Plant player in the past three seasons to enter the NFL draft early. Georgia TE Orson Charles skipped his final college season. He was a fourth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012.
During Saturday’s Media Day, several FSU players were interviewed by 12-year-old Trey Fisher, son of the head coach, who worked for the ACC digital network.
Asked if he planned to ask questions of Jimbo Fisher, Trey eyed the crowd of reporters surrounding his father and said, “I don’t want to fight through all of that.’’
Monday is the 20th birthday for Jameis Winston, who was presented with a party hat and a birthday cookie-cake during Saturday’s Media Day.
“I’m excited about it, but there’s only one present I want for my birthday,’’ Winston said. “We better win or else I’ll never want to play another game on my birthday again.’’
One of Bobby Bowden’s biggest dreams was to coach in the Rose Bowl. It never happened, because FSU never aligned its best seasons with the year when the Rose hosted the BCS No. 1 vs. No. 2 game.
In 33 seasons, Bowden’s FSU teams were 21-9-1 in bowl games. He had victories in the Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Cotton, Gator, Chick-fil-A, Emerald, Champs Sports, Blockbuster and All-American bowls.
Bowden was invited to Monday night’s game by FSU, but he declined because he prefers to watch it from his home in Tallahassee.