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Tailback Wilder Jr. cleared to return to Seminoles

Associated Press Published: April 4, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Running back James Wilder, Jr. is back with the Florida State team.

Coach Jimbo Fisher said Wednesday that Wilder is resuming all activity with the football program. Wilder was arrested in February after being accused of pushing a sheriff's deputy who had arrested a 20-year-old female friend of Wilder's. He was suspended until the legal issues were resolved.

Wilder was charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer without violence and battery on the officer. He was released on $2,000 bail.

The 220-pound Wilder ran for 160 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 14 yards during his freshman season in a reserve role behind Devonta Freeman and senior Jermaine Thomas.

Freeman is slowed this spring by injury, giving Debrale Smiley and Mario Pender more snaps at tailback.


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