Maryland 14, Miami 13 - November 11, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
A two-year starter at cornerback and four-year letterwinner ... played in 46 of 48 career games, including 28 starts ... ended his career as one of the most complete cornerbacks in the conference, earning All-ACC honors and honorable mention All-America accolades in 2006 ... a two-time Academic All-ACC selection ... one of the leaders on defense who also contributed as a kick returner, setting the single-season school record for kick return yards ... tallied 157 career tackles, including 100 solo stops ... had two career interceptions and 25 passes defended ... also forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles and blocked three kicks ... his 847 career kick return yards rank ninth on the Terps career list, though he saw action as a return man just in 2006 ... that total set the single-season school record ... an intelligent player with very good speed, quickness and one-on-one cover skills ... plays with attitude ... a good tackler who isn't afraid to mix it up ...ran sprints for the Maryland track team in 2006 ... blazed to the fastest time of his career in spring testing this year ... an Iron Terp in 2005 (did not test in clean or squat in '06) ... won the James Tatum Award as the top football student-athlete in the conference ... played in the 2007 Senior Bowl ... recovered a fumble and broke up one pass in the game ... also returned one kickoff for 22 yards ... invited to the 2007 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind.
2006 (Senior): One of the top cornerbacks in the nation ... an honorable mention All-America choice by Pro Football Weekly ... also received honorable mention All-ACC accolades ... started all 13 games at boundary cornerback ... had 55 tackles (seventh on the team), including 44 solo stops ... his 13 passes defended led the team and ranked sixth in the ACC ... also had a pair of sacks, the only ones recorded by a defensive back ... ranked 11th nationally in kickoff returns (27.3 ypr) and set the single-season school record for return yards (847) ... that mark was the sixth-highest single-season total in ACC history ... his kickoff return average ranks second on the Terps single-season list (31.0 by John Schultz, 1975) ... captured the James Tatum Award, as the top student-athlete among football players in the ACC ... voted to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II team ... also earned the President's Cup Award for Academic Achievement ... tabbed preseason second-team All-ACC by The Sporting News ... an Academic All-ACC choice ... captured the Ray Krause Award as the team's MVP ... (vs. PU in Champs Sports Bowl) ... notched three tackles in the win over Purdue ... also picked off a pass in the fourth quarter, helping seal the win ... (vs. WF) ... recorded six tackles (five solo) ... (vs. BC) ... notched three solo tackles ... (vs. Miami) ... posted four tackles (two solo) and five pass breakups, including one that halted a potential scoring drive ... tabbed the ACC Defensive Back of the Week ... (vs. Clemson) ... notched seven solo tackles ... one of his tackles saved a touchdown as he brought down the runner in the open-field at the MD 33 ... (vs. FSU) ... recorded three tackles (two solo) and broke up a sure touchdown pass in the end zone in the third quarter ... (vs. NC St.) ... recorded five tackles (four solo) including his first and second sacks of the season ... overall, notched 2.5 TFL ... (vs. UVA) ... notched three solo tackles ... made arguably the game's deciding play, breaking up the Cavs' two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter, sealing the game's final score ... also returned four kicks for a 27.3-yard average ... (vs. GT) ... silenced the hostile crowd with his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter ... accomplished the feat for only the third time in school history ... also notched five tackles and two pass breakups on defense ... (vs. FIU) ... notched three solo tackles ... tackled the ball-carrier at the five-yard line, preventing the tying touchdown score ... (vs. MT) ... recorded seven tackles, four solo, as well as a pass breakup ... also returned two kickoffs for 87 yards, including a 61-yarder down the right sideline on the opening kickoff ... (vs. W&M) ... posted four tackles and a team-high two pass breakups ... blocked a punt in the first quarter, setting up the Terps' first score.
2005 (Junior): Started all 11 games at boundary corner ... an Academic All-ACC selection ... team's fourth-leading tackler with a career-high 73 stops ... also had 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, eight pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and an interception ... ranked 20th in the ACC in tackles with 6.6 per game and 10th in passes defensed with 0.82 ... led team with two blocked punts ... (at NCSU) ... finished with six tackles and his first career interception ... picked off a pass near the right sideline in the fourth quarter ... (vs. BC) ... finished with eight tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup ... blocked a punt deep in Boston College territory, setting the offense up at the 24-yard line ... recovered a Matthew Ryan fumble on 4th-and-3 in Maryland territory ... (at UNC) ... was in on seven tackles ... left the game in the second half after suffering a concussion ... (at FSU) ... registered four tackles, including two TFLs ... wrapped up TB Leon Washington for no gain on first down in the first quarter ... tackled TB Lorenzo Booker for a loss on 1st-and-10 late in the third quarter ... (vs. VT) ... finished with seven tackles, a sack and one pass break up ... ran up the middle on a corner blitz to sack Marcus Vick for an eight-yard loss and force fourth-and-long in the first quarter ... (at TU) ... registered five tackles and one pass break up ... blocked a punt early in the third quarter, the first of his career ... (vs. UVa) ... notched a career-high 12 tackles to go along with three pass break ups ... (at WFU) ... saw action at safety for the first time in his career and finished with three tackles and his first career touchdown ... raced down on punt coverage to tackle PR Willie Idlette at the 16-yard line in the first quarter ... went down to his knees to down another Adam Podlesh punt at the two-yard line ... recovered a Chris Davis fumble deep in Wake Forest territory and took it 20 yards for the score ... (vs. WVU) ... finished with 11 tackles, including the first sack of his career ... broke up a pass down the right sideline to WR Brandon Myles ... sacked QB Adam Bednarik for a four-yard loss in the third quarter, setting up 4th-and-long ...(vs. CU) ... posted seven tackles ... flew in seemingly out of nowhere in goal line to stop RB Reggie Merriweather short of the end zone and force fourth down ... (vs. Navy) ... recorded three tackles and had one pass breakup ... stuffed QB Lamar Owens in the red zone on a crucial fourth down run midway through the second quarter, causing the ball carrier to attempt an illegal forward pass ... play forced a turnover on downs.
2004 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 games, starting the last four ... finished the season with 27 tackles (13 solo), two pass breakups and five QB hurries ... tied for second in the ACC and second on the team with two forced fumbles ... tied for third on the team with four QB hurries ... (vs. WFU) ... made his fourth start of the season and had three tackles ... had a nice block on a Steve Suter punt return in the third quarter ... laid a hard hit on WR Nate Morton to ensure an incompletion on Wake's final play of the game ... (at VT) ... notched three solo tackles with one PBU ... had good coverage downfield and nearly made an interception on a pass in the second quarter ... (at UVa) ... set a career high with seven tackles (three solo) and forced one fumble ... forced fumble when he laid a hit on Alvin Pearman in the first quarter, jarring the ball loose ... (vs. FSU) ... made his first career start at cornerback and finished with four tackles and a QB hurry ... blitzed from his cornerback position to hit QB Wyatt Sexton as he threw and forced an incomplete pass late in the third quarter ... (vs. NIU) ... recorded two tackles (one solo) and forced one fumble ... sped downfield on a kickoff and hit the NIU return man to knock the ball loose at the start of the second half ... the forced fumble was the first of his career and led to a Maryland touchdown.
2003 (Freshman): Saw action in 11 games, third-most among true freshmen ... finished the season with two solo tackles ... both tackles came against The Citadel.
High School: A 2003 graduate of DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md. ... two-year varsity starter who played wide receiver and cornerback in addition to returning kickoffs and punts ... as a senior in 2002, was named first team all-state, first team All-Met, first team All-WCAC and first team All-Prince George's County ... also was named to George Michael's "Golden 11" all-star team and was a SuperPrep all-region selection ... versatile player who had five interceptions and was also his team's leading receiver (27 catches, 694 yards, six touchdowns) as a senior ...helped DeMatha to a spot in the WCAC championship game as a senior ... also ran track at DeMatha, where he was a part of a school record-setting 4x100 relay team ... also considered Clemson, Syracuse, North Carolina, NC State and South Carolina ... high school coach was Bill McGregor.
Personal: Joshua Wilson was born March 11, 1985 ... son of Valanda and Timothy Wilson ... his father (deceased) lettered as a fullback in football at Maryland from 1974-76 (the Terps won ACC titles all three years) and was the blocking back for NFL Hall of Famer Earl Campbell in Houston ... carries his father's NFL trading card for good luck ... graduated in Dec. 2006 with a degree in marketing ... mom is currently enrolled at the school of business at Maryland.
Wilson's Career Statistics
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks FC FR PBU Int. 2003 11-0 2 0 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2004 11-4 13 14 27 0.0-0 0.0-0 2 0 3 0-0 2005 11-11 41 32 73 3.5-17 2.0-12 0 2 8 1-6 2006 13-13 44 11 55 2.5-9 2.0-7 0 0 12 1-21 Career 46-28 100 57 157 6.0-26 4.0-19 2 2 23 2-27
K. Ret. G-GS No. Yds. Avg. TDs Lg. 2003 11-0 0 0 0.0 0 -- 2004 11-4 0 0 0.0 0 -- 2005 11-11 0 0 0.0 0 -- 2006 13-13 31 847 27.3 1 100 Career 48-28 31 847 27.3 1 100