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17 - Garnell Wilds Position: Cornerback
Class: r-Junior
Height: 5-11
Weight: 194
High School: Hillsborough H.S.
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
 
photo         Plays with the best technique in the secondary ... Knows how to play both cornerback positions ... Understands his limitations and rarely gives up a big play ... Doesn't have the speed that some of the Hokies' other corners possess, but works the hardest on the little things it takes to be successful ... Improved more than anyone in the secondary in 2001 ... Came back nicely from a knee injury that sidelined him for much of the 2000 season ... Enters the preseason listed No. 2 at boundary corner ... Will also be an important contributor on special teams ...

2001: Played in all 11 games, starting one ... Had 27 tackles on the year with 16 of them solo stops ... Also had four PBU and two interceptions ... Had a tackle and an assist on 14 defensive plays against UConn ... Had a solo stop at Rutgers and an assist on 20 total plays against UCF ... Also caught a 33-yard pass from punter Vinnie Burns on a fake punt against the Golden Knights ... Played 24 plays on defense and 10 on special teams at West Virginia, collecting one assist ... Had two solo tackles on 22 plays in the win over Boston College ... Was in for 33 plays at Pittsburgh, recording five solo stops and three assists ... Made his first career start against Temple and responded with two interceptions ... Also had three solo tackles and four assists ... Had a solo tackle at Virginia ... Had two passes broken up against No. 1 Miami ... Contributed a tackle against Florida State in the Gator Bowl ... Posted four tackles in one of the Hokies' spring scrimmages and intercepted a pass in another ... Also had a tackle in the Maroon-White game ...

2000: Played 10 downs on defense against Akron and was in on a tackle ... Intercepted a pass and returned it five yards in the Hokies' win at East Carolina ... Was in on a season-high 15 defensive plays against Rutgers ... Got some brief special teams duty in the Boston College and Temple games ... Posted four total tackles in his five games ... Had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee ... Returned to competition in the spring ... Contributed three tackles and an interception during the spring game ...

1999: Turned in a 35-inch vertical jump when he reported in August ... Worked briefly at the field cornerback position ... Switched to the boundary corner and was redshirted ... Improved his vertical jump to 37 1/2 inches by November scout team testing and to 40 inches during spring testing ... Had a personal-best 475-pound back squat during the spring and bench pressed 300 pounds ... Moved back to field corner for spring practice ... Contributed two tackles, including one for a loss, during one of the Hokies' spring scrimmages ... Was in on a tackle during the Maroon-White spring game ...

High School: Lettered three seasons as a defensive back for Coach Earl Garcia, Jr., at Hillsborough ... Rated the No. 12 prospect in Florida and No. 48 nationally by The Tampa Tribune ... Picked as the No. 48 player in Florida by SuperPrep ... A postseason All-America selection by PrepStar ... Listed as the No. 96 player in the Southeast Region by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Picked the No. 28 defensive back in the ACC Region by ACC Area Sports Journal ... A preseason All-America pick by Lemming ... Named to the All-Southeast Region team by The National Recruiting Advisor ... Helped the team to a 28-8 record during his varsity career ... Was in on 69 tackles as a senior and intercepted four passes ... Also recovered a pair of fumbles ... Averaged 25 yards on punt returns and set a school record for best kickoff return average for a season at 42.5 yards ... Saw some action as a receiver, contributing 10 pass receptions for 200 yards and one touchdown ... Had 10 tackles, an interception, two punt returns for over 50 yards and five pass receptions for 120 yards in a game against Leto High ... Earned first-team all-conference and second-team All-Suncoast honors ... Finished his junior year with 65 tackles and two interceptions ... Helped team to the state 6A championship game as a sophomore ...

Personal: Garnell Wayman Wilds ... Born 6/8/81 in Tampa, FL ... Son of George and Jacqueline Wilds ... Studying residential property management.

TacklesGUTATTot.LossSacks
200053140-00-0
2001111611270-00-0
Career161912310-00-0
2001 Tackles Game-by-Game
UCONN11120-00-0
WMICH11010-00-0
at Rutgers11010-00-0
UCF10110-00-0
at WVU10110-00-0
BC13030-00-0
SYR10110-00-0
at Pittsburgh15380-00-0
at Temple13470-00-0
at Virginia11010-00-0
MIAMI11010-00-0
InterceptionsGNo.Yds.Avg.TDLG
20005155.005
2001112168.0016
Career163217.0016
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