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#27 Kenny Wilson
Position: I Back
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 220
Year: Junior
City/State: Liberal, Kan.
High School: Liberal
Other College: Butler County CC
Experience: Transfer

2008 Outlook
Kenny Wilson hopes to get back into the picture for playing time at I-back during his senior season in 2008. Wilson was a key part of a four-man running back rotation in 2006, but injuries have plagued the Kansas native since late that season. Wilson missed the Cotton Bowl at the end of the 2006 season with a leg infection, then suffered a broken leg in an off-field accident in the spring of 2007. He underwent subsequent surgery that sidelined him for several months, and Wilson redshirted in 2007.

Wilson made steady progress during the past several months, but practiced only on a limited basis during spring ball. If he is back to full health, the 6-0, 225-pound Wilson brings an excellent combination of power and speed to the position. He could add depth behind fellow senior Marlon Lucky and sophomores Quentin Castille and Roy Helu Jr.

2007 (Redshirt)
Wilson underwent surgery in the spring and sat out the season as a redshirt.

2006 (Junior)
Wilson played in 12 games and was fourth on the team with 335 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 20 yards, while picking up 42 yards on two kickoff returns. Wilson was particularly effective early in the season, as he rushed for 311 yards in the first five games. His production helped the Huskers average better than 170 rushing yards per game.

Wilson notched career-high 19-carry efforts in back-to-back weeks against USC and Troy. He ran for 47 yards in the opener against Louisiana Tech, followed by 79 yards and a touchdown on nine carries against Nicholls State. Wilson was Nebraska’s leading rusher at No. 4 USC, carrying 19 times for 46 yards. A week later he broke the century mark with 106 rushing yards against Troy and registered two of his four touchdowns against the Trojans.

Wilson’s top rushing production in conference play was four carries for 33 yards in an overtime victory over Kansas. Nebraska’s four I-backs as a whole produced more than 2,400 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns.

Before Nebraska (Liberal HS/Butler County CC)
Wilson ranked as one of the top 10 junior college prospects in the nation according to Rivals.com. As a freshman playing for coaches Troy Morrell and Aaron Flores at Butler, Wilson rushed for 967 yards and 13 touchdowns on 147 carries in helping the school to the 2004 Junior College national championship game. As a sophomore, Wilson gained 1,292 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on 126 carries in earning NJCAA and JC Gridwire first-team All-America honors.

At Liberal High School, Wilson rushed for 1,499 yards and 18 touchdowns on 199 carries as a junior, and gained 1,189 yards and 16 touchdowns on 211 carries as a senior. Wilson also excelled in track at the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, where he was a state champion in both events and still holds the school record in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He chose Nebraska over Florida, Tennessee and Oklahoma State.

Personal
Wilson is the son of Eddie Mae Eatmon, and was born on July 2, 1986. He is majoring in sociology and is on track to graduate in May of 2009. Wilson has volunteered his time with Nebraska’s local hospital visits.

Wilson's Career Statistics

Year

G/S

Att.

Gain

Loss

Net

Y/A

Y/G

Long

TDs

2006

12/0

75

354

19

335

4.5

27.9

30 vs. Nich. St.

4

2007

Redshirt









Totals

12/0

75

354

19

335

4.5

27.9

30 vs. Nich. St.

4

Single-Game Bests:
Rushing Attempts
19 vs. USC, vs. Troy, 2006
Rushing Yards106 vs. Troy, 2006
Long Rush30 vs. Nicholls State, 2006
Rushing Touchdowns - 2 vs. Troy, 2006
Receptions - 3 vs. Oklahoma, 2006 (20 yards)
Long Receptions - 13 vs. Oklahoma, 2006