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Sam Wilder
Player Profile:
Sam Wilder 4247
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 295
Year: Senior
City/State: Dallas, Texas
High School: First Baptist Academy
Experience: 3 Letters

AT COLORADO: This Season (Sr.)—He earned second-team all-Big 12 honors from both the Associated Press as well as the conference coaches.  He started all 12 games at split-side tackle and graded out the second highest of all the offensive lineman at 81.5 percent for 726 gradable snaps (he played 764 overall, as the coaches did not grade the Big 12 title game).  CU’s most aggressive lineman, he was impressed several pro scouts with his play.  He had 13 knockdown blocks and touchdown block, allowed three-and-a-half sacks and nine pressures, pretty solid numbers since he had the main responsibility or protecting the quarterback’s blind side.  The CU coaches presented him with the Regiment Award, which is given to the player they feel has made the greatest contribution with the least recognition.  He was CU’s offensive lineman of the week for the opener against Colorado State, as he had 10 cut blocks and a touchdown block in posting a monster grade of 88.4, the best single-game grade by any Buff O-lineman in 2004.  He also played some on the FG/PAT unit on special teams (seeing action for 12 snaps).  He had an outstanding spring and the coaches named him as the recipient of the Joe Romig Award, presented to the team’s most outstanding offensive lineman.


2003 (Jr.)He started all 12 games at split tackle, a pretty good accomplishment considering he moved over from defensive tackle two weeks before the season opener.  He actually posted his high game grade of the year the first time out of the blocks, grading to 80.5 percent against Colorado State (77 snaps, 62 plus plays).  For the year, he graded out at 72.7 percent for 791 snaps from scrimmage; he had his growing pains, allowing team-highs of seven quarterback sacks and 27 pressures (just four and 11 over the last eight games), but developed as the season progressed as the coaches had desired, setting him up to be the anchor on the line as a senior.  He also had 12 knockdowns and one touchdown block; taken into account that he was learning on the run, he was called for only three penalties all year (the same number as CU’s four-year senior starter).  He had four knockdown blocks against Baylor for his season high, with his touchdown block against Kansas in CU’s overtime win.  


2002 (Soph.)—He played in all 14 games, making starts in the last 11 including the Alamo Bowl, at defensive tackle.  He was moved inside from end, and after adjusting to the position, won the starting job for the fourth game of the year.  In 617 snaps from scrimmage, he recorded 38 tackles, including 26 solo and 10 tackles for loss (with five quarterback sacks, second most on the team).  He had seven third down stops, five pressures and a fumble recovery.  He had a career high five tackles, two for losses, in the win over Kansas State, and had four tackles in five other games. He matched his career high with five stops in the bowl game against Wisconsin, with four of the solo variety including a third down stop. He was suspended from school for the spring semester, as he violated the university’s code of conduct, but he was reinstated in good standing by summer.  Though he did not participate in spring practice, he didn’t miss a beat upon his return in the fall.


2001 (Fr.-RS)He saw action in eight games, six on defense including the Fiesta Bowl.  He played 46 snaps from scrimmage for the regular season, making one solo tackle (at Iowa State) and registering one quarterback pressure (against Missouri).  He added a tackle against Oregon in the bowl.  He had nine tackles and a quarterback sack in the four spring scrimmages.


2000 (Fr.)—Redshirted; was moved from end to tackle early in drills and practiced the remainder of the year there.


HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned first-team all-state honors at defensive tackle and earned mention on the Top 100 list by the Dallas Morning News.  He was all-district as a sophomore and as a senior, as the Tapps 4A district selected him as the defensive player-of-the-year as a senior (he was second-team all-state as a sophomore).  He missed his entire junior year in three sports after tearing his ACL in the final football scrimmage of the summer, but rebounded very well from it in time to play summer baseball prior to his senior year.  As a senior, he was in on 120 tackles (40 solo), with 15 tackles for loss including six quarterback sacks.  He also had five passes broken up, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown, and a blocked punt (which his team returned for a score).  On offense, he allowed just two sacks playing strong side tackle.  He was in on 90 tackles as a sophomore, and played right tackle on offense.  One of his top games came during his sophomore year, when FBHS played perennial state champs Dallas Christian to the end in a 6-0 loss: he had 13 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a sack against Jordan Black, one of the area’s top players.  First Baptist was 4-6 his senior year and 7-4 his sophomore year under coach Troy Miller.  He also lettered as a freshman and sophomore in basketball, and was quite an accomplished baseball player (first baseman): he hit .550 with six home runs as a sophomore.  He was a member of Team USA, an all-star team comprised of Texas high school players, and they played in a goodwill baseball tournament in Vera Cruz, Mexico, in the summer of 1999.


ACADEMICS—He graduated from CU with a degree in economics this past December 17.


PERSONAL—Born January 10, 1982 in Dallas, Texas; he was a “halftime” baby, as he was born during halftime of the ’81 NFC Championship game between Dallas and San Francisco (San Fran won, 28-27, on the famous Joe Montana to Dwight Clark catch).   A great uncle (Ted Wilder) played college football at Iowa.  Hobbies include skiing and golf (career best of 80).


Season                    G      Plays       UT   AT—TOT         TFL      Sacks    3DS   Hurr   FR   FF  PBU   Int
2001                       5         46            1      0—    1             0-  0      0-  0       0         1        0     0      0         0
2002                      13      617         26   12—  38          10-37    5-27        7        5        1      0      0         0
Totals                    18      663          27   12—  39         10-37     5-27       7        6         1     0      0         0
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