Fresh off of their national championship win, the Florida State Seminoles have learned that running back James Wilder will be leaving the team and leaving his final year of eligibility on the table in order to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft.
The news of Wilder’s decision came by way of ESPN.com.
With a loaded Florida State backfield, it comes as no surprise that Wilder would make the leap to the NFL. In fact, many underclassmen running backs decide to go pro before they get too much wear and tear on their bodies.
Considering the injuries that Wilder has dealt with during his time at Florida State, it appears to be the right decision.
This season, the 6-foot-2, 230 pound Wilder rushed for 563 yards and eight touchdowns on 81 carries.
Florida State will now have to wait to see whether or not Wilder is the only Seminoles running back to bolt for the NFL, with leading rusher Devonta Freeman expected to announce his decision soon.