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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