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Wilson to see doctor today; source 'It doesn't look good'

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

North Texas running back Jeffery Wilson will see a team doctor later today to evaluate the foot/ankle injury he suffered in a win over Army on Saturday.

Wilson left the game and was standing on the sideline in a boot late in the second half. 

A source with knowledge of the situation said Monday morning that, "It doesn't look good."

Wilson's status for the Mean Green's regular season finale on Saturday at Rice, the Conference USA title game on Dec. 2 at Florida Atlantic and a bowl game at the end of the season is in doubt. UNT is 8-3 and will learn where it is headed for its bowl game in the next few weeks.

Wilson went down in the Mean Green's 52-49 win over the Black Knights after carrying the ball 19 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns. 

UNT also lost wide receiver Jalen Guyton, who took a vicious hit from Army safety Rhyan England and left the game. Guyton reached up to catch a pass from Mason Fine and was leveled. Guyton was down on the turf for several minutes before UNT trainers helped him up and took him to the locker room.

A UNT spokesman said that Guyton was in the concussion protocol during the game. A source said Guyton was checked out at a local hospital on Saturday night.

Losing both Wilson and Guyton would be a key blow for a UNT team on a roll after winning seven of its last eight games to get to 8-3 on the season.

Wilson has rushed for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season and has established himself as one of the program's all-time great running backs. He has 3,205 rushing yards in his career, a total that ranks fourth in program history. The 32 touchdowns Wilson scored in his four seasons at UNT ranks third.

Wilson has rolled up those totals despite missing games in each of his first three seasons at UNT. There is a distinct possibility he will not play a complete season in his fourth and final year with the program.

Guyton entered the Mean Green's game against Army with a team-high 731 receiving yards on 45 catches. Guyton caught two passes for 27 yards and a touchdown against the Black Knights.

The timing of Gutyon's return would depend on the way he progresses in UNT's concussion protocol.

Losing both Wilson and Guyton would be a blow for a UNT heading into a series of key games. 

A win over Florida Atlantic in the C-USA title game would give UNT another title to add to the West Division title it clinched earlier this season.

A bowl win would also be a milestone for the Mean Green, who have won just three bowl games in the history of the program.

The Mean Green will turn to Nic Smith to fill the void left by Wilson's injury.

Smith has been Wilson's top backup throughout the season and rushed for 35  yards on seven carries in UNT's win over Army. He has rushed for 437 yards and five touchdowns and has established himself as the likely successor to Wilson as the Mean Green's primary ball-carrier. 

UNT has a deep corps of wide receivers it can lean on if Guyton is forced to miss extended time. Turner Smiley stepped into a more prominent role when Guyton went down in UNT's win over Army. The senior caught three passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, including a key 68-yard strike from Mason Fine in the fourth quarter when UNT pulled away for the win.