Senior wide receiver Roman Wilson, who moved into the Princeton Top 10 in both receptions and receiving yards this past season, capped his brilliant career with his first All-America honor. Wilson joins defensive lineman Caraun Reid as 2013 All-Americas, meaning Princeton has had multiple All-Americas in back-to-back seasons.
Wilson was a Third-Team All-America honoree by The Sports Network; that All-America team included three Ivy League players, two of whom played for Princeton (Reid).
Wilson, whose 8.6 receptions per game ranked fourth best nationally, was Princeton’s top threat in the passing game. He caught 86 passes, second most for any Princeton player in a single season, and he matched the single-season touchdown reception record (11) held by Derek Graham ’85. His 919 receiving yards are sixth-best in Princeton history, and second-best in the 28 years.
Wilson also rushed for two touchdowns, including one on a reverse when Princeton trailed Harvard 41-34 in the first of three overtime sessions. That play was overshadowed two overtimes later, when he caught the game-winning six-yard touchdown pass to conclude a 51-48 thriller. It was the second straight season that Wilson caught the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds of a comeback win over Harvard.
"I'm thrilled that Roman received this honor, and I believe he truly earned it," head coach Bob Surace said. "While our offense spread the ball around, Roman made one big play after another for our team, and especially in some crucial situations. His performance in our overtime victory at Harvard will certainly be remembered fondly, but he made plays for us week in and week out."