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VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:28 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 11:34 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

Virginia Tech running back David Wilson put an end to the speculation on Friday, announcing his intentions to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. The junior held a press conference with family members and head coach Frank Beamer at his side, thanking his teammates, coaches, and the Virginia Tech community before making his plans known.

"I have played many Fridays, I have played many Saturdays, and now I will forego my final season to play many Sundays in the NFL." Wilson said in his prepared statement. has Wilson ranked as the No. 3 running back in the 2012 class, behind Alabama's Trent Richardson and Miami's Lamar Miller.  At the press conference he informed the media that he received a second round grade from the NFL draft advisory board, and hopes to improve on that stock with his performance in combines and workouts leading up to draft day.

Wilson explained that since the age of 8, he had dreamed of playing in the NFL. He repeatedly thanked Virginia Tech for "taking a chance on a kid from Danville" and giving him the opportunity to become the first Virginia Tech athlete to be an All-American in two sports (football and track).

In his first year as the primary ball carrier in the Hokies backfield, Wilson exploded for 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns. In addition to leading the ACC in rushing, the junior was named ACC Player of the Year and second-team All-American by the AP and, among others.

Frank Beamer offered words of support at the press conference, showing gratitude for the contributions Wilson made in his three years with the program.

"We all thank David and his family for so many great memories at Virginia Tech. What a great player, and also a great person. This was the beginning here, and it's going to continue on," Beamer said. "We're proud Virginia Tech has been a part of it, anything we can do for you in the future - we'll be there for you."

Wilson's speed and acceleration made him primarily a special teams threat while he backed up Darren Evans and Ryan Williams during his first two seasons in Blacksburg. There was some concern heading into this season that Wilson might not be as productive with a full workload. Wilson had more carries than anyone in the ACC this season, and gave Virginia Tech a reliable option while Logan Thomas grew comfortable with the starting quarterback position.

With Wilson's absence, Thomas becomes the primary offensive option for the Hokies in 2012. Backup running back Josh Oglesby is a senior, as are the top two receivers from 2011. In addition to the skill position openings, the Virginia Tech coaching staff will need to replace four two-year starters along the offensive line.

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Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:11 am

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

In terms of adding Pitt over WVU for the Pittsburgh market, you are off.  The ACC added Pitt and Syracuse over teams like WVU because of academics.  According the US News, Syracuse is ranked 62, Pitt is ranked 58.  Virginia Tech is #71.  WVU is ranked #164.  The two lowest ranked ACC schools are FSU and NC State, both tied at #101.  The ACC fought adding Tech over it's academic ranking when it was a top 75 school.  There was no chance they went outside of the top 100 when better overall options existed.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:56 am

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

If you take the best team since expansion out of the ACC and put them in the Big East, then I think the Big East would clearly be better.  I said the two conferences are very similar and give a slight edge to the ACC during this time based on overall head-to-head records.  YOu think the conferences have been equal since Virginia Tech, Miami and BC left but the numbers disagree.  In my opinion, and I'm sure yours as well, WVU has been the best program in the Big East since ACC expansion. If you add in a team that has performed better over this time period, of course your conference gets stronger.  Look, both conferences, in my opinion, are unfairly ripped for being weaker.  The numbers say the Big East is slightly weaker overall but you want to take BCS records that don't directly compare the two.  If that is your arguement, fine but I think you get more head-to-head info by comparing the conferences head-to-head. 
; Do you forget that you scored 7 points on an unranked N.C. State team in your bowl last year?  That same NC State team allowed Virginia Tech to score 41 points.  ANother thing, you bring up Duke as a bad team in the ACC but outside of them, who in the conference is considered worse than anyone in the Big East?  YOu can say Maryland was bad this year but they beat WVU in a bowl a few years ago.  BC had a down year but they have been far more consistent than most Big East teams.  Wake has been similar to a team like Rutgers.  On and on.

One final note of comparison.  Since ACC expansion, the ACC is 38-29 against the Big East.  That is why I give the slight edge to the ACC over this time.  What head-to-head info do you have that says the conferences have been "no different" since expanison? 

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:51 pm

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

#1 I'm not from WV, I went to school at WVU but I'm from VA, so crack all the WV jokes you want, they don't bother me.

#2  READ WHAT I SAID, that is if you can read.  I didn't say the Big East has been better.  I said the Big East WAS better before the first raiding.  In other words before Miami, Tech, and BC left.  Then I said there was no difference between the conferences before the second raiding except that the ACC was the media darling and the Big East was the red-headed step child.

I'll say it again since you are in denial - VAG TECH in the BCS 1-5.  WVU in the BCS 3-0.  Tech CHOKES time after time in the big games.  WVU chokes too, but in conference play, not on the national stage.  Otherwise WVU would have gone to a BCS game in each of the last 3 seasons.  Here is another stat for you - ACC in the BCS 2-13, Big East in the BCS 7-7.  The fact is Miami and Tech WERE part of the Big East prior to 2004 and where a combined 3-2 in the BCS.  You can hijack the teams but you can't hijack the history.  Even if you only factor BCS games since 2004, the Big East still has a better BCS track record.  4-5 vs 1-8. So, I ask, why is the ACC touted as some great football conference and the Big East isn't?  Call it politics, the good ol' boy network, TV ratings, or whatever reason, but the facts speak for themselves.  For every joke of a team that there is/was in the Big East there's a counter in the ACC.  You get to play Duke every year, for crying out loud!  There is no doormat that compares to Duke in the Big East.  Other than brilliant tacticle moves (some say dirty/underhanded) off of the field in taking 2 of the best teams in 2004 and striking again this year, the ACC has no legitimate claim to being the better conference.  Face facts, now that the ACC is taking 2 of the weaker football teams the conference will be weaker, not stronger.  Once the Big East folds the ACC will be the lone court jester in the BCS castle.  That's yet another reason why I think WVU's move to the Big-12 will end up being a major coup for the program.  The smarter move for the ACC would have been to take WVU and not Pitt.  WVU would have delievered the Pittsburgh TV market just as much as Pitt (talking stricly football) and made the on-field product better, and therefore more appealing to viewers.  That's just my opinion.

Also, think about this.  Originally the ACC wanted BC, Miami, and Syracuse.  Tech got in by a back door move aided by UVA.  What if Tech had stayed in the Big East?


Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:15 pm

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

How can you say the Big East has been better than the ACC?  Over the BCS era, the ACC holds a 71-50 lead.  If you take out the wins from Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech before they left from those numbers, the Big East has only 35 wins!  And you keep saying Virginia Tech can't win big games but look at the stats.  Virginia Tech is the 11th ranked team in the nation since 2000 against game ranked top 15 with a 14-14 record.  West Virginia is ranked 25th at 7-12.  Against year end ranked top 5, Virginia Tech is 14th in the nation in terms of winning percentage and WVU is ranked 36th.  You can say what you want about how ESPN labels Virginia Tech but WVU fans should know better than anyone that perception isn't always reality.  That is unless the perception that everyone from West Virginia marries their cousin is actually true..

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:40 am

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Pointless to argue over which is better.  Look at the NCG for instance.  If Alabama wins tonight does it mean they are better than LSU?  No, it would mean that they were better than LSU for one particular game, and LSU was better than Alabama for one particular game.  We used to consider Va Tech our sister school because of the simularities between the two.  I could point out that WVU leads the overall series, but like I said, pointless.  Every program and every series has it's ups and downs.  One truth stands out to me though.  Va Tech consistently looses in the big games, especially the BCS bowl games.  I noticed you didn't bring up the Vag Tech record in the BCS.  It's 1-5, pathetic, and the ease with which Tech has been able to dominate and make the BCS since moving to the ACC only serves to prove my point.  The ACC was a weaker conference before the first raiding.  Before the latest rating there was no difference between the Big East and ACC, but the ACC got favorable media coverage and the Big East was made fun of.  This last raid will signal the eventual death of the Big East as now nerly every team is fed up with the situation and wants out.  I am thrilled that WVU is going to a top notch conference next year.  They will probably struggle at times, and may not play in another BCS game in the forseeable future, but after watching K State vs Arkansas Friday night, I'd much rather finish 3rd or 4th in the Big 12 and go to the Cotton Bowl, than finish 2nd or 3rd in the Big East and go to the Pinstripe Bowl.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:35 am

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

WVU fans must have a very short memory.  Since 2000, WVU is 3-5 in bowl games versus the ACC.  Virginia Tech is 2-0 against the Big East.  Spread it out over Virginia Tech's bowl streak and WVU is 3-7 against the ACC while Tech is stll perfect against the Big East.  And during the bowl run, Virginia Tech is 9-4 against WVU.  Also, since leaving the Big East, Virginia Tech is 5-0 against Big East teams -including two wins over WVU.  WVU is a respectable 9-5 over that time versus the ACC.  You can bash Virginia Tech all you want but in reality, the two teams are very similar with the edge going to Virginia Tech over the last 10+ years.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:49 am

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

I watched the Cotton Bowl, and it was an exciting game.  In my opinion, K State vs Michigan or Boise St vs Michigan would have been a better matchup in the Sugar Bowl.  I didn't watch the Sugar Bowl, so I don't know how the crowd was but the stadium was packed for the Cotton Bowl.  Both your points ring hollow.  Base on play on the field K State and Bosie were both more deserving of an opportunity to play in the Sugar Bowl, probably more deserving than Michigan too.  As far as Wilson going to the NFL, good for him.  I hope he does well, especially if the Redskins end up picking him.

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:40 am
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Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:26 am

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

But to comment on David Wilson going pro, I think he's going to be a good NFL player.  I watched him play a couple of times and was impressed, but was even more impressed watching him play against a good Michigan defense.  He is fast, powerful, and plays hard.  I would love the Lions to draft him.  Good luck to Wilson and let's hope he has a healthy and successful career.  

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 10:22 am

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

First of all, Arkansas would have been the third SEC team in the BCS which is disallowed.  That's why Arkansas wasn't in it.  Second of all, no one wants to see Kansas State play.  Their following is pathetic and the stadium would have been half empty.  Michigan is one of the most followed teams in NCAA football.  Choosing a 10-2 Michigan team and a 11-2 Virginia Tech team was a great matchup for both the fans and the Sugar Bowl.  Unfortunately, the game wasn't as "exciting" as the embarrassing defensive play of Baylor and Washington.  I personally enjoyed the defensive match-up between U of M and VT.  Anyway, the game is over and so is the boring K-State and Arkansas game so there's no point in arguing something that cannot be changed.

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