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Shaun Wilson
Wilson to Buccaneers as Undrafted Free Agent
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/28/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – Former Duke running back Shaun Wilson has agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to join the NFL organization as an undrafted free agent.

An honorable mention All-ACC selection as an all-purpose back in 2017, Wilson became just the seventh running back in Duke history to surpass 2,000 career yards. In 49 career games with 23 starts, he rushed 475 times for 2,463 yards (5.19) and 18 touchdowns, caught 81 passes for 725 yards (8.95) and six scores and returned 67 kickoffs for 1,697 yards (25.33).

In the Duke record book Wilson owns the top spot for rushing touchdowns of 50 or more yards with six. Wilson also finished his career ranking second in kickoff return average, third in all-purpose yards, third in rushing touchdowns of 20 or more yards (seven), third in touchdown receptions by a running back, third in kickoff return touchdowns, sixth in yards per carry, sixth in kickoff return yards, sixth in kickoff returns, seventh in carries, seventh in receptions by a running back, 13th in rushing touchdowns and 13th in points (156).

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Wilson set the Blue Devils’ single-game records for rushing yards (245; Kansas, 2014), rushing touchdowns of 20 or more yards (3; Kansas, 2014) and rushing touchdowns of 50 or more yards (2; Kansas, 2014 & 2; Baylor, 2017). He also established the Duke single-season record for yards per carry with 7.67 in 2014. Wilson produced five 100-yard games and 22 contests with 50 or more ground yards.

During his four seasons on the field, Wilson helped Duke to 28 wins, three bowl game appearances (2014 Hyundai Sun, 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl and 2017 Quick Lane Bowl) and two bowl victories. He became one of just 13 Blue Devils in program history to play in two bowl wins, helping Duke capture the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl and 2017 Quick Lane Bowl.

As a senior, Wilson started all 13 games and totaled 1,697 all-purpose yards, becoming the first Blue Devil to reach 1,600 all-purpose yards in a season two times. He rushed 162 times for 818 yards (5.05) and six touchdowns, caught 36 passes for 263 yards (7.31) and a team-high four scores and returned 26 kickoffs for 609 yards (23.42). In the ACC, he ranked second in all-purpose yards per game (130.54), fifth in kickoff return average, eighth in total touchdowns (10), 10th in rushing yards per carry, 10th in rushing yards, 12th in rushing yards per game (62.92) and 17th in receiving touchdowns.

Wilson began his career by earning honorable mention Freshman All-America accolades by College Football News. Against Kansas in his third career game, he rushed 12 times for a Duke single-game record 245 yards and three touchdowns.

As a sophomore, Wilson helped Duke to its first bowl win since the 1960 season, being named co-MVP of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl along with quarterback Thomas Sirk. Wilson was an ESPN All-Bowl Team selection after rushing for a season-high 103 yards with an 85-yard touchdown dash. Also against the Hoosiers, Wilson caught two passes for 15 yards and returned four kickoffs for 164 yards including a 98-yard TD.


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