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J.J. Wilcox
S #27
Height:
6-0
Weight:
217
Age:
23
College:
Georgia Southern
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2014 PRE):

TCKL
7
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
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TOTAL 38 22 16 0.0 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2013 DAL 13 5 38 22 16 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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OVERVIEW

Wilcox was invitated to the prestigious 2013 Senior Bowl, appears to have found a home at strong safety. His addition to the Senior Bowl is also very important to the GSU program, as he became just the second player in school history to be selected to play in the game, joining running back Adrian Peterson, a 2002 participant. And that position is where he hopes to remain.
OVERVIEW

Wilcox was invitated to the prestigious 2013 Senior Bowl, appears to have found a home at strong safety. His addition to the Senior Bowl is also very important to the GSU program, as he became just the second player in school history to be selected to play in the game, joining running back Adrian Peterson, a 2002 participant. And that position is where he hopes to remain.

After spending three years on the offensive side of the ball where he accumulated 964 career rushing yards, Wilcox moved to safety before the start of 2012 fall practice. The Cairo, Georgia, native ranked second on the team with 88 tackles while also returning 31 kicks for 780 yards. He was also selected to his first ever All-Southern Conference team that season in a voted conducted by the league’s coaches.

Wilcox first began his football career at Cairo High School, where his father, James Sr., was also a member of the team years prior in 1976. He earned first-team All-Region and All-Area honors as a wide receiver after he helped the Syrupmakers win the 2008 state championship and rank sixth in the state of Georgia with a 14-0 record.

That season, Wilcox recorded 22 catches for 400 yards and five touchdowns from the flanker position. He was also a standout on defense, recording 77 tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception his senior year as a free safety. Along with teammate Johnathan Bryant, both decided to enroll at Georgia Southern for the 2009 season.

Wilcox appeared in eight games as a freshman, starting four contests at the “Z” receiver (flanker) position. He managed to snatch 16 passes for 179 yards (11.19 ypc) and on special teams, he recorded a trio of tackles.

As a sophomore, Wilcox moved to the slot receiver position, starting 14 contests. He led the Eagles with 551 yards and three touchdowns on 22 receptions (25.05 ypc), adding 484 yards and six scores on 85 carries (5.69 ypc). He again saw action with the coverage unit, totaling two solo tackles while closing out the 2010 campaign with 1,035 all-purpose yards. Wilcox was again on the move during his junior season, this time, becoming the team’s “A” Back, where he started eight of the 13 games he appeared in, including all three playoff contests. He had seven receptions for 168 yards and a touchdown and picked up 480 yards and score seven times on 52 chances on the ground (9.23 ypc). He also saw action on defense, making three tackles, including assisting on a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

From a 184-pound freshman, Wilcox had a growth spurt prior to his senior season, checking back on campus for fall camp at a rock-solid 214 pounds. As had been their mode over the last three seasons, the staff again decided to move their star player around, only this time it was to the opposite side of the ball. Wilcox would now be the Eagles strong safety for 2012 and he had just weeks to go through a cram course in defensive terminology.

Wilcox proved to be a quick read, as he would not only start 13 games, but earn All-American and All-Southern Conference honors. He registered 88 tackles, deflected three passes and intercepted two others. His coaches also greatly increased his role on special teams.

For the coverage unit, he blocked a punt vs. Elon and also took over kickoff return duties, where he ranked 29th in the nation with a 25.16-yard average on 31 attempts. He was not exactly done as a ball carrier, either. In his final appearance as an Eagle, he took a handoff and powered his way into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown in the playoffs vs. North Dakota State.

Wilcox's size, athleticism and versatility caught the attention of talent evaluators, including Phil Savage, executive director of the Senior Bowl, who brought him to compete vs. the nation's elite prospects. With his solid performance in Mobile, Wilcox may have put himself in position to be the first GSU athlete drafted since Jacksonville selected another defensive back, David Young, in the sixth round of the 2003 draft.

 CAREER NOTES

Wilcox started 39-of-50 games at Georgia Southern – four as a “Z” (flanker) receiver; 14 as a slot receiver; eight as an “A” Back; 13 at strong safety…Recorded 96 tackles (53 solos) with an assisted stop behind the line of scrimmage, two interceptions and three pass deflections…On offense, he caught 45 passes for 898 yards (19.96 ypc) and four touchdowns, adding 968 yards and 13 touchdowns on 138 carries (7.01 ypc)… On special teams, he blocked one punt and returned 33 kickoffs for 791 yards (23.97 avg), finishing his career with 2,657 all-purpose yards…His yards-per-carry average of 7.01 yards rank seventh on the school career-record chart (minimum 100 carries)…His 19.96-yard receiving average is second in school history (minimum 40 catches), topped by only Teddy Craft (24.15-yard average on 45 catches for 1,087 yards; 2003-05)…His 791 yards gained via kickoff returns placed eighth on the Eagles’ career-record chart.

 2012 SEASON

Wilcox earned second-team All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report and College Sports Journal, adding thirdteam accolades from Phil Steele…Was rated the best safety prospect in the nation at the Football Championship Subdivision level…He added All-Southern Conference first-team honors from the league’s coaches and was a secondteam pick by the league's media, Southern Pigskin and College Sports Madness... Became the second Georgia Southern player to play in the Senior Bowl, joining running back Adrian Peterson (2002 game) on that list…For the fourth consecutive season, Wilcox moved to a different position for the good of the team, leaving behind his teammates on offense for life as a strong safety…Despite not practicing at that position until a few weeks prior to the season opener, he not only started 13 games, but finished second on the team with 88 tackles (47 solos), as he also had two interceptions and three pass break-ups, along with a blocked punt vs. Elon…In his final appearance as an Eagle, he had one last rushing attempt and scored on a 4-yard scamper vs. North Dakota State in the FCS playoffs…Also returned 31 kicks for 780 yards (25.16 avg), as his yardage total is the third-best season mark in school annals, as only Laron Scott (1,161 in 2010; 1,040 in 2011) gained more yardage in a season for the Eagles…His second interception of the season sealed the Eagles' quarterfinal victory over Old Dominion...Opened the season with a pick vs. Jacksonville and posted a season-high 12 tackles vs. Samford...Tallied 10 stops vs. Wofford and recorded 9 tackles vs. FBS foe Georgia...Returned three kicks for 101 yards, including a long of 53 yards at The Citadel (9/8)...Totaled six returns for 147 yards two weeks later vs. Elon, where he also blocked a punt and posted six tackles…Returned five kickoffs at Georgia for 117 yards...Had a season-long return of 57 yards vs. Howard, along with registering seven tackles.

 2011 SEASON

Wilcox played in 13 games, starting eight contests after shifting from slot receiver to “A” Back…Gained 480 yards on 52 carries (9.23 ypc) while scoring seven times on the ground…His yards-per-carry average was not enough to qualify for the school record (needs minimum of 100), but the record at the school was 7.52 yards by Adrian Peterson (257-1,932) in 1998…Had seven receptions and gained 168 yards (24.0 ypc) with one touchdown…Returned two short kickoffs 11 yards and recorded three tackles in brief action on defense, also assisting on a stop behind the line of scrimmage…Scored his lone receiving touchdown vs. Chattanooga...Carried the ball eight times for 97 yards and one score and caught two passes for 63 yards vs. Tusculum...Rushed six times for a season-high 115 yards and two touchdowns vs. Western Carolina...Nearly posted a second 100-yard game and finished with 99 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries vs. Maine… Caught two passes for 35 yards at North Dakota State (12/17).

 2010 SEASON

Wilcox moved to slotback from the “Z” receiver position and played in all 15 games, earning 14 starts...Set the school season-record for average yards per catch with 25.05 yards on a team-best 22 receptions for 551 yards and three touchdowns…Carried 85 times for 484 yards (5.69 ypc) and six scores…Chipped in with two solo tackles as a member of the coverage unit…Was involved in 12 plays of 20 or more yards...Scored his first career touchdown vs. Savannah State with a precision-like 26-yard run down the right sideline, finishing the day with three carries for 36 yards and added a 23- yard reception, Jaybo Shaw's first completion as an Eagle...Shaw and Wilcox teamed up again for another first vs. Navy with a 17-yard touchdown reception, a first for Wilcox and for Shaw in a Georgia Southern uniform...Came up big at Coastal Carolina with four rushes for 25 yards and two receptions for 34 yards and a 15-yard score…Was also the recipient of the longest pass of the year, a 63-yard from Shaw at Chattanooga in the fourth quarter to put the Eagles in the red zone, as Wilcox gained 121 receiving yards at Chattanooga, which ranked as the season-best single-game total for Georgia Southern in 2010. He also had 35 yards rushing in that game and snared a 58-yard first-half touchdown pass that accounted for his other receiving yards vs. the Mocs...Added a rushing touchdown late in the game vs. Wofford...Caught an 18-yard pass from Shaw vs. Appalachian State that brought GSU to the Mountaineer 13-yard line to set up for the tying score...Scored the first touchdown of the game vs. Western Carolina and then grabbed 46-yard pass from Shaw on their second scoring drive...Had 107 yards on three receptions - two of 40-plus yards, as he brought Eagles to the Furman four-yard line with 47-yard catch early in second half and scored on two-point conversion vs. Paladins after his one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He also made a crucial tackle on a Furman fumble recovery by bringing down the Paladin defender at the GSU 8...Scored two touchdowns, one in the first quarter, one in the fourth in Eagle playoff game vs. South Carolina State...His reception at William & Mary put the Eagles within striking distance for their go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.

 2009 SEASON

Wilcox started four of eight games at the “Z” receiver position...Collected 179 yards on 16 receptions (11.9 ypc) and recorded three tackles as a true freshman.

 AGILITY TESTS

4.51 in the 40-yard dash…1.55 10-yard dash…2.56 20-yard dash…4.09 20-yard shuttle…7.02 three-cone drill…35-inch vertical jump…10’4” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times…30 ó-inch arm length…8 7/8-inch hands…74 .- inch wingspan.

 HIGH SCHOOL

Wilcox attended Cairo (Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Tom Fallow…Earned first-team All-Region and All-Area honors as a wide receiver after he helped the Syrupmakers win the 2008 state championship and rank sixth in the state of Georgia with a 14-0 record…That season, Wilcox recorded 22 catches for 400 yards and five touchdowns from the flanker position…Was also a standout on defense, recording 77 tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception his senior year as a free safety…Along with teammate Johnathan Bryant, both decided to enroll at Georgia Southern for the 2009 season.

 PERSONAL

Management major…Born 2/14/91…Resides in Cairo, Georgia.

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