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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s… Johnny Wilson

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During the offseason, Florida State brought in Arizona State redshirt sophomore wide receiver Johnny Wilson via the transfer portal.

The 6-foot-7, 235 pound pass catcher did not have a productive two-year career with the Sun Devils. He combined to have 18 catches for 243 yards and one touchdowns. However, he battled through injuries to his hamstring and inconsistencies with dropped passes.

One aspect of his skill set that was considered elite was his run blocking ability. According to Power Football Focus, Wilson had a Run Block Grade of 90.4 during the 2021 season (which was rated as the highest Power 5 wide receiver in the country).

Throughout the past couple of seasons, the Seminoles have found difficulties in locating above-average receivers who are able to be a consistent piece in their offensive scheme. Since Rashad Greene (2013), Florida State has only had one 1,000-yard wide receiver (2019 Tamorrion Terry; 1,188 yards).

Florida State acquired four wide receiver prospects via the transfer portal: Winston Wright Jr., Mycah Pittman, Johnny Wilson and Deuce Spann. These acquisitions were made to hopefully be able to rejuvenate the Seminoles’ wide receiving core to what it once was.

Unfortunately, Winston Wright Jr. suffered a lower-body injury in car crash in April 2022. This was devastating news to the coaching staff as they were relying on the West Virginia transfer to be a pivotal piece to their rotation this season. A timetable to return from the injury is still unknown at this moment in time.

In the meantime, these wide receivers will have to step up in his absence. Wide receiver Johnny Wilson could be utilized as a “safety blanket” for redshirt junior quarterback Jordan Travis this season. The Seminoles have had success when using big-bodied receivers in its program’s history: Greg Carr (2005-2008), Kelvin Benjamin (2012-2013) and Auden Tate (2015-2017) — just to name a few.

How will transfer wide receiver Johnny Wilson perform this season?


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