UF seeks sixth year for starting OG

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida is seeking a sixth year of eligibility for offensive lineman James Wilson, and the Gators are hopeful to have an answer from the NCAA by the time spring practice begins next month, UF spokesman Dan Apple confirmed.

The 6-foot-4, 334-pound Wilson has battled injuries throughout his career since arriving at Florida as ESPNU's top-ranked guard in 2007. He has played in only 38 games in his previous five seasons because of four knee surgeries and two broken feet.

If Wilson were to return, he'd enter the spring as the starter at left guard. All six of his career starts have come at that spot.

Wilson, who was ESPNU's No. 44 overall player in ’07, was originally a Southern California commitment. He redshirted in 2007, played in 10 games in 2008, and played in all 14 games in 2009. He missed 10 games in 2010 with a left knee injury and played in 11 games in 2011.