ROD WILSON
Strong Safety
2000-2004
Cross, SC
Biography
Wilson was named honorable mention All-Lowcountry as a junior at Cross in 1998 before becoming one of the most highly recruited players in South Carolina in 1999-2000, Wilson chose the Gamecocks over Penn State, Clemson and Iowa. He was named All-Lowcountry in 1999 by the Charleston Post and Courier and was a finalist for Mr. Football while also co-captaining the South Carolina Shrine Bowl squad. Wilson played in the fourth quarter against New Mexico State in 2000, rushing four times and throwing one pass, but ended up redshirting that season. He played quarterback in the spring of 2001 but then shifted to wide receiver and caught one pass that year while playing in nine games. Wilson was moved to defense during spring of 2002 and had a solid season on special teams and as a reserve safety. Wilson took over as a starter in 2003, winning the team attitude award that spring. He started the season well, with 3 tackles, a pass breakup and a forced fumble in the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette but then cracked ribs and an ankle injury kept him out of four games. Wilson started in 2004 at the “apache” position, a hybrid linebacker-safety position and led the team in tackles, quarterback hurries and fumble recoveries. He had 11 tackles and a pass breakup in the 35-32 win over Arkansas. Wilson was Academic All-SEC in 2004. He was drafted in the 7th round in 2005 by the Chicago Bears and played three seasons with them, then did a second tour of duty in the Windy City in 2010 and ’11. In between he played two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaners.
Prior Schools
SchoolLocation
Cross Cross, SC

Roster Listings
YearRosterNumPosHtWtYrGmsGS
2000 Fall 2000 12 QB 6-3 203 Fr
2000 Tennessee 2000 12 QB 6-3 203 Fr 0 0
2001 Spring 2001 12 QB 6-3 203 RFr
2001 Fall 2001 12 QB 6-3 205 RFr 0 0
2002 Spring 2002 12 SS 6-3 205 So
2002 Fall 2002 12 S 6-2 210 RSo 0 0
2003 Spring 2003 11 FS 6-2 217 Jr
2003 Fall 2003 11 FS 6-2 217 Jr
2003 Alabama-Birmingham 2003 11 FS 6-2 217 Jr
2003 Final 2003 11 FS 6-2 217 Jr 4 4
2004 Spring 2004 11 OLB 6-2 217 Sr
2004 Fall 2004 11 OLB 6-2 217 Sr 11 11
Depth Chart Appearances
DescriptionPositionRank
2002 Media Guide Spur 2nd String
2003 Spring Free Safety Starter
8/30/2003 vs Louisiana-Lafayette Free Safety Starter
9/27/2003 vs Tennessee Free Safety 2nd String
10/9/2003 vs Kentucky Free Safety 2nd String
9/4/04 vs Vanderbilt Apache Starter
9/18/04 vs South Florida Apache Starter
10/9/04 vs Mississippi Apache Starter
9/13/2003 vs. Georgia Safety Starter
Gamecock Archives Article Mentions
Article
Recruiting Class Review : 2000 Class
Honors
AwardYear
1999 Shrine Bowl
2004 Academic All-SEC
Recruiting Rankings and Honors
SourcePositionRank
PrepStar Atlantic QB 5
Passing
YearAttComPctYdsYPATDIntI%3D Att3D Conv%NEWSRtg
2000 1 0 0.0 0 0.00 0 0 0.0 1 0.0 0 0.00
Tot 1 0 0.0 0 0.00 0 0 0.0 1 0.0 0.00
Rushing
YearAttYdsAvgTD
2000 4 13 3.3 0
Tot 4 13 3.3 0
Rushing from Play-by-Play
YearAttYdsAvg1DNeg RushNR%Stuff%10+ Yds10+ %20+ Yds3D Conv%TD
2000 4 13 3.3 0 0 50.00 0.0 0 0.0 0 0
Receiving
YearRecYdsAvgTD
2001 1 8 8.0 0
Tot 1 8 8.0 0
Receiving by QB
YearQBRec Throws Com% Yds 1D TD Success Rate
2001
Phil Petty 1 2 50.0 8 0 0 0.00
Corey Jenkins 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0.00
Success Rate and Adjusted Yds
Year Pass Plays Pass SR Pass SPP Rush Plays Rush SR Rush SPP Rec Plays Rec SR Rec SPP Tot SPP AdjYds
2000 1 0.00 -1 4 50.00 1.56 0 0 0.56 -12
2001 0 0 0 0 3 0.00 -2.1100000000000003 -2.1100000000000003 4
Defense
YearSoloAstTklTFLSacksIntPBUQBHFRFFBK
2002 15 12 27 2.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 16 6 22 0.0 0.0 2 0 0 1 0
2004 46 22 68 4.0 3.0 4 3 1 3 0
Tot 77 40 117 6.0 3.0 6 3 1 4 0
Games Started
DateOpponentPosition
2003-08-30 Louisiana-Lafayette Free Safety
2003-09-06 Virginia Free Safety
2003-09-13 Georgia Free Safety
2003-10-18 Louisiana State Free Safety
2004-09-04 Vanderbilt Apache
2004-09-11 Georgia Apache
2004-09-18 South Florida Apache
2004-09-25 Troy State Apache
2004-10-02 Alabama Apache
2004-10-09 Mississippi Apache
2004-10-16 Kentucky Apache
2004-10-30 Tennessee Apache
2004-11-06 Arkansas Apache
2004-11-13 Florida Apache
2004-11-20 Clemson Apache
Single Game Rushing Stats
SeasonGame DateOpponentAttYdsTD
2000 2000-09-02 New Mexico State 4 13 0
Single Game Passing Stats
SeasonGame DateOpponentAttComYdsTDInt
2000 2000-09-02 New Mexico State 1 0 0 0 0
Single Game Receiving Stats
SeasonGame DateOpponentRecYdsTD
2001 2001-11-10 Florida 1 8 0
Scoring Plays
DateOpponentQtrTimeUSCOppPlay
Receptions
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
2001 2001-11-10 Florida 3 9 USC 23 Rod Wilson, 8-yd pass from Phil Petty (Todd Johnson)
Defense - Sacks
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
2004 2004-09-04 Vanderbilt 3 10 VAN 44 Jay Cutler sacked for loss of 6 (Rod Wilson, Darrell Shropshire)
2004 2004-10-02 Alabama 3 5 ALA 20 Spencer Pennington sacked for loss of 9 (Rod Wilson, Ricardo Hurley) fumble, recovered by Ray Hudson at UA 8
2004 2004-10-30 Tennessee 3 2 UTN 28 Brent Schaeffer sacked for loss of 1 (George Gause, Rod Wilson)
Defense - Tackles For Loss
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
2002 2002-09-14 Georgia 1 10 UGA 24 D.J. Shockley rush for loss of 6 (Rod Wilson)
2002 2002-09-21 Temple 1 5 USC 23 Sean Szarka rush for loss of 4 (Rod Wilson)
2002 2002-11-09 Arkansas 3 5 USC 39 Cedric Cobbs rush for loss of 1 (Rod Wilson, Jeremiah Garrison)
2004 2004-10-09 Mississippi 1 10 UMS 49 Vashon Pearson rush for loss of 2 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-16 Kentucky 1 10 UKY 28 Tony Dixon rush for loss of 6 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-30 Tennessee 2 9 UTN 21 Robert Meachem rush for loss of 4 (Rod Wilson)
Defense - Passes Broken Up
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
2002 2002-11-23 Clemson 2 8 USC 29 Charlie Whitehurst pass for Airese Currie incomplete (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-09-06 Virginia 3 9 UVA 31 Anthony Martinez pass for Alvin Pearman incomplete (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-09-27 Tennessee 1 10 UTN 45 Casey Clausen pass for Jayson Swain incomplete (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-16 Kentucky 3 12 UKY 21 Shane Boyd pass for Jeremiah Drobney incomplete (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-30 Tennessee 2 15 USC 36 Erik Ainge pass for C.J. Fayton incomplete (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-06 Arkansas 3 9 ARK 31 Matt Jones pass for Steven Harris incomplete (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-13 Florida 3 6 USC 23 Chris Leak pass for O.Small incomplete (Rod Wilson)
Defensive Plays
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
2002 2002-08-31 New Mexico State 1 10 NMS 40 Eric Higgins rush for 7 (Moe Thompson, Rod Wilson)
2002 2002-08-31 New Mexico State 1 10 USC 41 Buck Pierce rush for 6 (Rod Wilson, Jeremiah Garrison)
2002 2002-09-21 Temple 2 7 USC 41 Zamir Cobb, 9-yd pass from Mike McGann (Ted Crawford, Rod Wilson)
2002 2002-09-28 Vanderbilt 1 10 VAN 7 M.J. Garrett, 26-yd pass from Jay Cutler (Rod Wilson)
2002 2002-10-05 Mississippi State 2 10 MST 28 Ray Ray Bivines, 5-yd pass from Kevin Fant (Dunta Robinson, Rod Wilson)
2002 2002-11-16 Florida 3 1 FLA 49 Earnest Graham rush for 4 (Rod Wilson)
2002 2002-11-23 Clemson 1 10 USC 11 Bernard Rambert rush for 2 (Rod Wilson)
2002 2002-11-23 Clemson 3 8 USC 32 Airese Currie, 21-yd pass from Charlie Whitehurst (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-09-06 Virginia 3 6 50 Heath Miller, 11-yd pass from Anthony Martinez (Rod Wilson, Dunta Robinson)
2003 2003-09-06 Virginia 1 10 UVA 45 Marques Hagans, 8-yd pass from Anthony Martinez (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-09-06 Virginia 2 2 USC 47 Alvin Pearman rush for 10 (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-09-13 Georgia 2 3 UGA 30 Michael Johnson, 16-yd pass from David Greene (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-09-13 Georgia 3 6 USC 38 Reggie Brown, 36-yd pass from David Greene (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-09-27 Tennessee 3 16 UTN 39 Cedric Houston, 9-yd pass from Casey Clausen (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-10-09 Kentucky 1 15 USC 29 Draak Davis, 13-yd pass from Jared Lorenzen (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-10-09 Kentucky 1 10 UKY 24 Derek Abney, 17-yd pass from Jared Lorenzen (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-10-18 Louisiana State 1 10 LSU 36 Skyler Green, 6-yd pass from Matt Mauck (Lance Laury, Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-10-18 Louisiana State 2 4 USC 42 Justin Vincent rush for 2 (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-10-18 Louisiana State 1 10 LSU 21 Skyler Green, 8-yd pass from Matt Mauck (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-11-22 Clemson 1 10 CLM 15 Duane Coleman rush for 9 (Dunta Robinson, Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-11-22 Clemson 1 8 USC 8 Chad Jasmin rush for 6 (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-11-22 Clemson 2 13 CLM 10 Chansi Stuckey rush for 31 (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-11-22 Clemson 2 10 CLM 41 Chansi Stuckey rush for 4 (Rod Wilson)
2003 2003-11-22 Clemson 2 6 USC 36 Reggie Merriweather rush for 3 (Randy Jackson, Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-04 Vanderbilt 2 10 USC 33 Jay Cutler rush for no gain, fumble, forced by (Marcus Lawrence), recovered by (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-04 Vanderbilt 1 10 VAN 32 Jay Cutler rush for 9 (Jamacia Jackson, Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-04 Vanderbilt 1 10 USC 39 Kwame Doster rush for 1 (Marcus Lawrence, Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-11 Georgia 3 6 UGA 44 Bryan McClendon, 10-yd pass from David Greene (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-11 Georgia 2 13 USC 41 Bryan McClendon, 12-yd pass from David Greene (Ko Simpson, Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-11 Georgia 1 10 UGA 27 Tyson Browning, 14-yd pass from David Greene (Rod Wilson, Ko Simpson)
2004 2004-09-11 Georgia 2 10 USC 16 Tyson Browning rush for 9 (Moe Thompson, Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-11 Georgia 1 10 USC 45 Michael Cooper rush for 7 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-18 South Florida 1 10 USF 7 J.B. Garris, 2-yd pass from Ronnie Banks (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-18 South Florida 1 10 USF 25 J.B. Garris, 6-yd pass from Ronnie Banks (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-18 South Florida 2 4 USF 31 Andre Hall, pass from Ronnie Banks for no gain (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-18 South Florida 3 4 USF 39 C.Crossley, 1-yd pass from Ronnie Banks (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-18 South Florida 1 10 USC 49 C.Crossley rush for 7 (Jermaine Harris, Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-18 South Florida 2 3 USF 41 C.Crossley rush for 2 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-25 Troy State 1 10 TRO 45 DeWhitt Betterson rush for no gain (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-25 Troy State 3 2 USC 38 DeWhitt Betterson rush for 2 (Jermaine Harris, Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-09-25 Troy State 2 4 TRO 20 Martin Teal, 14-yd pass from Aaron Leak (Ko Simpson, Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-02 Alabama 1 10 USC 45 Ray Hudson, 3-yd pass from Marc Guillon (Rod Wilson, Preston Thorne)
2004 2004-10-02 Alabama 2 8 USC 32 Ray Hudson rush for 4 (Rod Wilson, Preston Thorne)
2004 2004-10-02 Alabama 1 10 ALA 23 Keith Brown rush for 18 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-02 Alabama 1 10 ALA 33 Ray Hudson rush for 8 (Rod Wilson, Jamacia Jackson)
2004 2004-10-02 Alabama 3 8 USC 17 Ray Hudson rush for 5 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-02 Alabama 1 10 ALA 20 Clint Johnston, 13-yd pass from Marc Guillon (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-02 Alabama 2 2 ALA 41 Kenneth Darby rush for 10 (Rod Wilson, Ko Simpson)
2004 2004-10-09 Mississippi 2 8 USC 41 Kerry Johnson, 8-yd pass from Ethan Flatt (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-09 Mississippi 3 5 USC 47 Kerry Johnson, 7-yd pass from Ethan Flatt (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-09 Mississippi 1 10 UMS 24 Vashon Pearson rush for 6 (Rod Wilson, Darrell Shropshire)
2004 2004-10-09 Mississippi 3 4 USC 44 Taye Biddle, 6-yd pass from Ethan Flatt (Ko Simpson, Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-09 Mississippi 2 2 USC 30 Vashon Pearson rush for 3 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-09 Mississippi 1 20 USC 35 Taye Biddle, 26-yd pass from Ethan Flatt, fumble, forced by (Rod Wilson), recovered by (Fred Bennett) at SC 9, returned 35 yards
2004 2004-10-09 Mississippi 3 12 USC 46 Ethan Flatt rush for loss of 10, fumble, forced by (Rod Wilson) recovered by L.Townsend at MS 44
2004 2004-10-16 Kentucky 1 10 UKY 33 Glenn Holt, 5-yd pass from Shane Boyd (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-16 Kentucky 2 1 USC 21 Gerad Parker, 6-yd pass from Andre Woodson (Orus Lambert, Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-16 Kentucky 1 10 UKY 44 Tony Dixon rush for 6 (Rod Wilson, Jamacia Jackson)
2004 2004-10-16 Kentucky 1 10 USC 22 Tony Dixon rush for 4 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-30 Tennessee 1 20 UTN 10 Gerald Riggs rush for 15 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-30 Tennessee 3 11 UTN 30 Cedric Houston, 13-yd pass from Erik Ainge (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-30 Tennessee 2 8 UTN 22 Derrick Tinsley rush for 3 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-10-30 Tennessee 2 11 UTN 34 Jabari Davis rush for 2 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-06 Arkansas 2 10 ARK 24 Peyton Hillis rush for 2 (Preston Thorne, Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-06 Arkansas 1 2 ARK 41 D.Howard rush for 3 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-06 Arkansas 1 10 ARK 44 Matt Jones rush for 5 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-06 Arkansas 4 2 USC 48 Matt Jones rush for 5 (Rod Wilson, Marcus Lawrence)
2004 2004-11-06 Arkansas 1 10 USC 44 D.Howard rush for 5 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-06 Arkansas 3 2 ARK 35 DeCori Birmingham, 9-yd pass from Matt Jones (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-06 Arkansas 1 10 USC 45 D.Howard rush for 12 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-06 Arkansas 2 4 USC 27 D.Howard rush for 10 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-06 Arkansas 1 15 USC 22 DeCori Birmingham, 13-yd pass from Matt Jones (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-13 Florida 2 11 FLA 32 Chad Jackson, 15-yd pass from Chris Leak (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-13 Florida 1 10 FLA 37 C.Fason rush for 4 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-13 Florida 3 4 USC 43 O.Small, 4-yd pass from Chris Leak (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-13 Florida 2 12 USC 29 O.Small, 6-yd pass from Chris Leak (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-20 Clemson 2 10 CLM 42 Duane Coleman, 14-yd pass from Charlie Whitehurst (Rod Wilson, Ricardo Hurley)
2004 2004-11-20 Clemson 3 5 USC 25 Chansi Stuckey, 12-yd pass from Charlie Whitehurst (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-20 Clemson 1 10 CLM 20 Reggie Meriweather rush for 9 (Fred Bennett, Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-20 Clemson 2 9 USC 48 Chansi Stuckey, 4-yd pass from Charlie Whitehurst (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-20 Clemson 1 10 USC 39 Reggie Meriweather rush for 8 (Rod Wilson, Jamacia Jackson)
2004 2004-11-20 Clemson 3 1 USC 30 Duane Coleman rush for 1 (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-20 Clemson 2 10 USC 12 Reggie Meriweather rush for no gain (Rod Wilson)
2004 2004-11-20 Clemson 2 9 CLM 37 Reggie Meriweather rush for 6 (Rod Wilson)