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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.

NFLDraftScout.com 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 CBSSports.com, 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: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:50 pm
 

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Michigan and VT in the Sugar Bowl as opposed to K-State and Arkansas was a joke and everyone agrees.

Really? Well I'm glad you're able to speak for everyone. Undecided 


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Since: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:00 pm
 

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

David made the right decision to turn pro, as hard as it will be without him in maroon next year.  RB's only have so long a shelf life and need to start their NFL careers as soon as possible.  
As for the WVU fan bashing the ACC, I guess you forgot getting beaten 2 years in a row in your Bowl game by lesser ranked ACC teams.   You still lost to ACC schools 2 out of the last 3 years.   Must of also forgot that WVU was begging to get into the ACC and SEC a few months ago.  
Don't worry about the Black Diamond Trophy, it is safe in Blacksburg! 



Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:09 pm
 

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Tech should also have no trouble in their endeavor to have the all-time losingest record in BCS bowl games.


Tech will keep losing bowl games until they have an offensive coordinator who actually knows how to call plays.  What was Wilson's yards per carry in the second half?  They kept giving it to him on first down when he got repeatedly stuffed.  Thomas was able to convert a bunch of third and longs, mostly by ad libbing.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:46 pm
 

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Michigan and VT in the Sugar Bowl as opposed to K-State and Arkansas was a joke and everyone agrees.



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:07 pm
 

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Hey, didn't WVU just totally demolish the ACC champion in the Orange Bowl?  Prior to the second raiding by the ACC the only difference between the Big East and ACC was the favorable media coverage recieved by All the Chumps in the All Chumps Conference.  Before the first raiding the Big East was a better conference than the ACC hands down.  Once the Big East is gone that will leave the ACC as the lone weak link in the BCS chain.  In case you hadn't noticed WVU has more BCS bowl wins then all the ACC teams combined.  One last thing, I wouldn't count being beaten by Syracuse in The Dome as embarrassing as losing to JMU in Blacksburg.  When Tech can consistently win games against real competition than you can talk smack.  WVU on the other hand has earned the right to do some trash talkin'.



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:00 pm
 

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Didn't WVU lose 49-23 to one of the "weaker Big East teams" this year?  And beat the other by 1?  And funny how a Big East fan talks trash about the ACC level of competition.



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:44 pm
 

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Ouch!  Tech has a lot a departing players.  Is their stranglehold on the ACC over (if only for a year)?

Considering how weak the ACC is, Virginia Tech should have no trouble dominating for the foreseeable future, especially with 2 of the weaker Big East teams diluting the competition level even further.  Tech should also have no trouble in their endeavor to have the all-time losingest record in BCS bowl games.




Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:42 pm
 

VT RB David Wilson entering 2012 NFL Draft

Heels, Virginia Tech loses a decent amount on the offense but the defense will return 9 starters and another D tackle that was a starter for the start of the year before an injury.  We will have to replace a TE, 4 OL, a RB and 2 WRs but having a much better Logan Thomas should help the transistion.  I like Wang and Becton as two new starters.  Michael Via played about 300 snaps this year as well and is a very good player.  Add in the kid who sat out this past year after transferring from Georgia and the o-line should be fine.  DJ Coles and Marcus Davis both had starts at WR this year and will be good targets for LT3.  Regarding the RB, a freshman named Michael Holmes redshirted this year and I have heard he was really good in practice this year.  Remember, Ryan Williams was forced to redshirt his freshman year to learn how to block.  I think Holmes mixed with JC Coleman will give them a nice mix.  Coleman is a very good recruit who enrolls in school for this spring semester.


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