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2015 NFL DRAFT

David Wilson, RB

School: Virginia Tech  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Danville, VA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 206 lbs.
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04/29/2012 - Hosley, the Giants' third-round draft pick, will be reunited with his college teammate, running back David Wilson, with whom he played for the Hokies at Virginia Tech. In describing Wilson, Hosley called him, "a good guy, fun guy -- loves to laugh and joke around." One of Hosley's favorite stories about his college roommate was his chasing a rabbit around campus because he wanted to prove that he was quick enough to catch the animal. "You never know what to expect coming from David," Hosley said. "He's just a guy that has a lot of energy and always running around." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Giants picks: Round 1/32 -- David Wilson, RB, 5-9, 206, Virginia Tech...Will look to supercharge a rushing offense that last year finished last in the league with an 89.2 yards per game average. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - "(Wilson) is the kind of guy that we felt would add to our present situation in terms of the big play potential" Coughlin said. "He's one of those guys that has the speed and the maneuverability to make the big play and that's what was very important to us at this time." Wilson, who said that he didn't have much contact with the Giants outside of the Combine, was described by Ross as a "unique" running back who doesn't really mirror anyone else currently in the league. "He's smaller and faster, but has real thick thighs. He's real powerful for a little guy. His balance is incredible, just the way he can stay on his feet and come out of a pile. But he also has speed." In other day one news, the Giants announced the signing of unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, a 12-year veteran who played last season with the Saints. Rogers, who is a former Pro Bowler, will provide veteran depth at defensive tackle, replacing Rocky Bernard, who is currently unsigned. According to Stats, Inc., running back David Wilson, the Giants' first-round draft pick, gained 990 yards last season following initial contact with a defender, the best in the NCAA. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - Wilson, who entered the draft as a junior, set a new Virginia Tech record in his final year of college ball with 1,719 rushing yards, an average of 5.89 yards per attempt. He also scored nine touchdowns and caught 22 passes in 2011. In addition to his running back duties, Wilson has experience as a kick returner. At Virginia Tech, he tied the school's annual record by returning two kickoffs for touchdowns while accumulating 584 kickoff return yards in his sophomore season, the second-highest yardage by a Hokie. At the end of his career, he had posted 1,324 return yards, fourth-best in school history. With the Giants having parted with Brandon Jacobs earlier this year, they will be looking for Wilson to complement starter Ahmad Bradshaw, a role that Reese believes the rookie will take to like a hand in glove. "Ahmad's our led dog," Reese said. "(Wilson) is going to be a nice piece in our running back stable." Despite his positives, Coughlin was quick to acknowledge the areas that Wilson will have to address once he arrives at the team's headquarters, such as pass protection and ball security. Last season, Wilson had seven fumbles, losing four of them. Coughlin also said that Wilson offered the potential for the big play, something that was also lacking with the Giants last year, as their longest run from scrimmage was 37 yards, by Bradshaw. In all, the Giants had just 31 big-play runs of 10 or more yards last season. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - Despite winning a world championship, the Giants saw a major issue with finishing last season with an average of 89.2 rushing yards per game, their lowest under head coach Tom Coughlin. So the Giants did something about it in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, making running back David Wilson their first running back to be chosen in round one since Ron Dayne was plucked out of Wisconsin back in 2000. The pick for the Giants, who passed over players such as tight end Coby Fleener, defensive end Courtney Upshaw, offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and receiver Stephen Hill, proved to be another classic case of them taking the best player available on their board at a position that also happened to be a need. "There are certain players that you evaluate that when you go through the process of the draft, there are slight differences of opinion regarding what you think about regarding his speed or toughness or this and that," said Giants Director of College Scouting Marc Ross. "But in the end, you come away at the end of the report saying, 'This guy is a good football player,' and there is only a handful of players in the draft every year like that. In our meeting, this was one of those guys." "This kid's a hard-nosed player," added general manager Jerry Reese. "He can run inside and he can run outside." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 32. New York Giants: RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech -- Track speed and rare explosiveness should make Wilson a welcome weapon with Brandon Jacobs moved on and Ahmad Bradshaw fighting chronic foot issues. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - TEN SURPRISES FROM ROUND ONE: 1. Three running backs selected in first round: For all of the talk about how the NFL has shifted to a pass-oriented league, general managers apparently didn't get the memo as three first round picks were dedicated to running backs, with the Browns taking Trent Richardson at No. 3 overall, the Buccaneers moving back up into the first round to nab Doug Martin and the Giants using the final pick of the initial frame on Virginia Tech's David Wilson. At closer inspection the picks make sense -- while the shelf life on running backs can be relatively short so too, often, is the adjustment period to the pro game -- but few of us expected to see three backs come off the board in the top 32 picks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/27/2012 - Wilson, who entered the draft as a junior, set a new Virginia Tech record in his final year of college ball with 1,719 rushing yards, an average of 5.89 yards per attempt. He also scored nine touchdowns and caught 22 passes in 2011. In addition to his running back duties, Wilson has experience as a kick returner. At Virginia Tech, he tied the school's annual record by returning two kickoffs for touchdowns while accumulating 584 kickoff return yards in his sophomore season, the second-highest yardage by a Hokie. At the end of his career, he had posted 1,324 return yards, fourth-best in school history. With the Giants having parted with Brandon Jacobs earlier this year, they will be looking for Wilson to complement starter Ahmad Bradshaw, a role that Reese believes the rookie will take to like a hand in glove. "Ahmad's our led dog," Reese said. "(Wilson) is going to be a nice piece in our running back stable." Despite his positives, Coughlin was quick to acknowledge the areas that Wilson will have to address once he arrives at the team's headquarters, such as pass protection and ball security. Last season, Wilson had seven fumbles, losing four of them. Coughlin also said that Wilson offered the potential for the big play, something that was also lacking with the Giants last year, as their longest run from scrimmage was 37 yards, by Bradshaw. In all, the Giants had just 31 big-play runs of 10 or more yards last season. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Despite winning a world championship, the Giants saw a major issue with finishing last season with an average of 89.2 rushing yards per game, their lowest under head coach Tom Coughlin. So the Giants did something about it in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, making running back David Wilson their first running back to be chosen in round one since Ron Dayne was plucked out of Wisconsin back in 2000. The pick for the Giants, who passed over players such as tight end Coby Fleener, defensive end Courtney Upshaw, offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and receiver Stephen Hill, proved to be another classic case of them taking the best player available on their board at a position that also happened to be a need. "There are certain players that you evaluate that when you go through the process of the draft, there are slight differences of opinion regarding what you think about regarding his speed or toughness or this and that," said Giants Director of College Scouting Marc Ross. "But in the end, you come away at the end of the report saying, 'This guy is a good football player,' and there is only a handful of players in the draft every year like that. In our meeting, this was one of those guys." "This kid's a hard-nosed player," added general manager Jerry Reese. "He can run inside and he can run outside." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - "(Wilson) is the kind of guy that we felt would add to our present situation in terms of the big play potential" Coughlin said. "He's one of those guys that has the speed and the maneuverability to make the big play and that's what was very important to us at this time." Wilson, who said that he didn't have much contact with the Giants outside of the Combine, was described by Ross as a "unique" running back who doesn't really mirror anyone else currently in the league. "He's smaller and faster, but has real thick thighs. He's real powerful for a little guy. His balance is incredible, just the way he can stay on his feet and come out of a pile. But he also has speed." In other day one news, the Giants announced the signing of unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, a 12-year veteran who played last season with the Saints. Rogers, who is a former Pro Bowler, will provide veteran depth at defensive tackle, replacing Rocky Bernard, who is currently unsigned. - The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 47. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech: Having rushed for a school-record 1,709 yards in his only season as Virginia Tech's starter, there is lot to like about Wilson. He's a tough runner who keeps his legs churning through contact and has true breakaway speed. He has only average vision, however, which leads to his dancing at the line of scrimmage too often and may need to be substituted early in his career on third down due to below average pass blocking skills, at this time. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/09/2012 - Wilson said Saturday he has already visited with the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he will travel to San Francisco to spend time with the 49ers this week. Like many players at this point in the draft process, Wilson is trying to avoid the daily predictions of analysts and instead focus on what he's hearing from team personnel. "To any team that I go to, I think that I offer a lot as far as my speed, my hands out the backfield, return game, special teams," Wilson said. "I like to use the word variety. When you get me, you're getting a lot of variety, so just put me out there and I'm ready to make plays or help the team win." Wilson added that he has not yet received an invitation to go to New York for the draft like Ryan Williams did a year ago, and at this point he's planning to watch from home in Danville, Va., with his family. On Saturday, though, he was paying close attention to freshman tailback J.C. Coleman, one of several potential successors who also happens to be the player wearing Wilson's old No. 4 jersey these days. "A lot of players wore that number, and a lot of them play well in it," Wilson said. "I don't know if it's the number or the people that wear the number, but it's a good number to have." Befitting his reputation as one of the more upbeat players to ever step on the practice field at Virginia Tech, Wilson admitted he has a constant itch to play football again and it likely didn't help watching his former teammates on the field Saturday. - Mark Giannotto, The Washington Post

04/04/2012 - Virginia Tech running back David Wilson was one of the higher-profile draft prospects who visited the Browns on Tuesday, a league source said. Wilson (5-10, 205) is a back the Browns are considering with the 22nd or 37th overall pick. Another is Boise State's Doug Martin, who's also in town this week. Both are projected as late first-round or early second-round picks. The Browns could look to either Wilson or Martin if they don't draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson with their top pick, No. 4 overall. A junior, Wilson started only his final season at Virginia Tech, rushing 290 times for a school-record 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns. He also caught 21 passes for 126 yards and one touchdown. He has added value on kick returns, with 59 returns for 1,285 yards and two TDs. Wilson said he wasn't 100 percent at the NFL Combine in February (he didn't specify his injury) but that scouts clocked him in 4.35 to 4.4 during his Pro Day last month. - Mary Kay Cabot, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

03/15/2012 - Virginia Tech running back David Wilson said Thursday he was not fully healthy at the NFL combine two weeks ago, though he would not disclose what was ailing him. "All the coaches and doctors knew what was wrong with me at the combine," Wilson said after the Hokies' pro day in front of scouts from about 25 NFL teams. "It was between us." Wilson was one of about 20 former Tech players who worked out at the field house on Thursday during the session, which was closed to the media. That group also included cornerback Jayron Hosley and former Tech defensive back Eric Green, who is trying to get back into the NFL after stints with the Dolphins and Cardinals. But Wilson was the top prospect working out Thursday. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder said scouts clocked him running the 40-yard dash at between 4.35 and 4.4 seconds, an improvement over his showing at the combine in Indianapolis. "They all said they liked what they saw," said Wilson, who has been working out in Florida to improve his NFL stock. Many experts project Wilson, who had meetings with Cleveland and Tampa Bay set up going into pro day, will be the second running back drafted this year after Alabama's Trent Richardson. "All the projections and stuff are just what people think," Wilson said. "These football gurus think they know, but you never know." - Mike Barber, The Richmond Times-Dispatch

02/29/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE RISERS: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech: He posted the elite agility test numbers that everyone expected. But it was showing up to team interviews in a suit and tie that really caught the attention of teams. He reportedly wore a suit to class at Virginia Tech. In an NFL draft world where the competition is so tight, a seemingly small detail like that could be enough in a tight battle with Miami's Lamar Miller to be the No. 2 running back drafted. - Rob Rang/NFLDraftScout & Derek Harper/The Sports Xchange

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 38. *David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech, 5-10, 205, 1-2...After starting only one full year in college, Wilson elected to jump to the NFL. Pro scouts will want to see improvement in pass blocking, receiving and hear why he questioned coaches in college on play calling. But Wilson has shown he can run. Last year he collected 1,709 yards on 290 carries with nine touchdowns. That earned him ACC Player of the Year honors and he was named second-team All-American. Wilson doesn't have much of a change of pace as he seems to run as fast as he can all the time. He doesn't show the explosive first step expected of a track star who triple jumped 52-feet, 6 3/4 inches. But when he does get up to speed, he is definitely hard to catch and will be valuable as a kickoff returners. In his senior year at George Washington High in Danville, Va., Wilson set school records with 2,291 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/22/2012 - TOP 10 BEST BETS TO PUT ON COMBINE FREAK SHOW: David Wilson, Va. Tech, RB: Everyone around Blacksburg has been raving about this guy's explosiveness for years. Some of that burst as well as his determination was evident in the 205-pounder breaking some 150 would-be tackles en route to rolling up almost 1000 yards after contact in regular season play in 2011. In training at Tech he's been clocked in the 40 at 4.29 and vertical jumped 40.5-inches, according to the school. Those kinds of jaw-dropping numbers often draw skepticism, but keep in mind this is also a guy who earned All-American honors in the triple jump. It's rare to see a guy broad jump over 11-feet in Indy, you'd have to think Wilson is primed to go long here. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

01/06/2012 - Flanked by his parents and Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beameron a stage, and with offensive coaches past and present standing behind him, Hokies running back David Wilson read off an iPad a statement he prepared about his future. The news shocked few: Wilson is heading to the NFL next year, eager to pursue his lifelong dream. "I've played many Fridays. I've played many Saturdays.," he said. "And now I would like to forgo my last year of eligibility to go play on Sundays. ..."It's been my goal since I was 8 and a dream of mine. Just to be that close to it and get it and accomplish something that you've worked so hard for and sweated for every day, I mean I couldn't pass it up." Wilson, who, naturally, was well-dressed in a black suede jacket, said the decision was tough, adding that he nearly teared up while writing his statement. He finalized his plans Thursday, even though he was thinking about it for a while. He was grateful to the Virginia Tech coaches and fans for his time in Blacksburg. "I love y'all, I thank y'all for giving a kid from Danville a chance," he said. "I really mean it and I can't thank you enough. I love Virginia Tech. I love my team. I love Hokie nation. I hope I will be remembered and y'all support me as I move on to better my life and turn a dream into a destination." - Andy Bitter, The Virginian-Pilot

01/06/2012 - Virginia Tech's David Wilson became the fifth running back to announce he's forgoing his remaining eligibility and entering the 2012 NFL Draft. Wilson said he made the decision this week after receiving a second-round grade from the NFL advisory committee. Wilson is the No. 3 running back and No. 41 prospect overall eligible for the 2012 draft, according to ratings by NFLDraftScout.com. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Wilson set a single-season school record with 1,709 rushing yards in 2011. The decision didn't come as a surprise, especially with Virginia Tech set to lose four senior starters off the offensive line. "It was very tough," Wilson said at a press conference Friday attended by coach Frank Beamer. "Even yesterday writing the statement, I almost teared up just thinking about the Sugar Bowl is my last game at Virginia Tech." Wilson is known for his excellent athleticism, as he also finished sixth in the nation in the triple jump at the NCAA championships last spring, and has earned All-American honors in football and track and field. Wilson joins Miami's Lamar Miller, Washington's Chris Polk, Temple's Bernard Pierce and San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman in announcing they will forgo their remaining eligibility - Miller and Hillman are redshirt sophomore. Wilson is the second Hokie in as many days to declare for the draft, following cornerback Jayron Hosley. Tony Gregory, who is recovering from his second ACL surgery, freshman Michael Holmes and incoming recruit J.C. Coleman figure to vie for snaps in the Hokies' backfield next season. "I can come back and accomplish some great things, some very great things that haven't been done at Virginia Tech before," Wilson said. "At the same time, you're risking a lot of negatives that could happen. The positive is I had a great season this year and I feel like I built a legacy here." - NFLDraftScout.com

01/06/2012 - Virginia Tech running back David Wilson says he'll skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Wilson made his announcement at a news conference Friday in Blacksburg with Hokies coach Frank Beamer at his side. He calls his decision a lifetime goal that he "couldn't pass up." Wilson says the NFL's draft advisory board projects him as a second-round pick and he believes he can improve his status at the NFL combine. Wilson rushed for 1,709 yards and nine TDs this season. The ACC player of the year was limited to 32 yards in the conference championship game loss to Clemson and ran for 82 yards in a Sugar Bowl loss to Michigan. - AP Sports

01/03/2012 - Scouting the Virginia Tech running game: With David Wilson rushing for more than 1,600 yards, it's obvious this has been the bread-and-butter of this offense. An experienced O-line, which has four senior starters, knows what has to be done to open holes. QB Logan Thomas has helped the team control the ball by converting a handful of tough third down runs in most games. - The Sports Xchange

01/03/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: The Hokies are just 9-15 all-time, including a 40-12 loss to Stanford at last year's Orange Bowl. They have never met Michigan and have played only four games against current members of the Big Ten, going 2-1 against Nebraska and routing Indiana 45-20 in the 1993 Independence Bowl the start of their 19-year bowl streak. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB David Wilson will be aching for redemption in the Sugar Bowl after his worst game of the year, a 32-yard, 11-carry performance against Clemson. Wilson appeared to be questioning the play-calling after the game, saying that many of the team's runs were called right into blitzes. Having to wait a month between games is agony for Wilson, so he'll be eager to make amends for a off-night and break the school's single-season rushing record to boot. Wilson was upset with play-calling in the ACC Championship Game, feeling he should have gotten the ball more than 11 times. Wilson is expected to file paperwork with an NFL advisory board to see where he might be taken in next spring's draft, and could forego his last year of eligibility if the answer is right. - The Sports Xchange

12/19/2011 - There has been plenty of talk since Virginia Tech lost to Clemson in the ACC championship game earlier this month about whether running back David Wilson and cornerback Jayron Hosley will forgo their senior seasons and declare for the 2012 NFL draft after the Hokies face Michigan in the 2012 Sugar Bowl. But at the team's bowl media day Saturday, Coach Frank Beamer tried to take the attention away from his two stars' impending decisions, saying he didn't want to talk much about it because it "takes away from our preparation for the bowl game. It's between them and their family and getting good information." This, though, isn't the first time Beamer has had to deal with the potential of a star player leaving early for the draft. When asked if he ever gets used to seeing players jump to the professional ranks before their eligibility is up, Beamer said his views on dealing with NFL-caliber talent have changed since he famously redshirted Michael Vick during the 1998-99 season. "I think the adjustment is on the front end. You're always sitting there trying to say, ???Okay, should we play this guy or not, and can we get him enough plays to make it worth while playing them?" Beamer said. "I think the real lesson is if they're talented, you better play them early. We sat here and two guys, Ryan Williams and Michael Vick, had two years of eligibility left when they did leave. You hope you can get guys like that who have the ability to do that and you better go ahead and get them playing." Wilson and Hosley are prime examples of this philosophy. - Mark Giannotto, The Washington Post

12/19/2011 - Virginia Tech running back David Wilson has less than 29 days to make what could be the most important decision of his life - stay at Tech for his senior season, or head early to the National Football League draft? Only Tech's assistant coaches were available after Saturday's practice, so there was no update on exactly what Wilson is thinking about his future. While Wilson hasn't been definitive regarding what he plans to do, teammate Jayron Hosley has been far more vocal about his desire to forgo his senior season and head to the draft. It sounds like Hosley will need some kind of startling, unforeseen revelation to make him stay at Tech. As for Wilson, he may also be leaning toward the NFL, but he hasn't said it word-for-word. Tech running backs coach Shane Beamer provided as much insight on the situation as he could (or he was willing to give) after Saturday's practice. "He's a guy that loves college," Beamer said. "He loves this team. He loves being a Virginia Tech Hokie, but also there's the other end of it - the financial standpoint and security for his family and things like that...Throughout everything and then this process in general, he's a guy that if it's affected him, he's not going to show it." - Norman Wood, Dailypress.com

11/26/2011 - Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for one and David Wilson scored on two long runs in the second half as No. 6 Virginia Tech shut out No. 24 Virginia 38-0 on Saturday. The Hokies (11-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned the league's Coastal Division title and a rematch with No. 18 Clemson in next weekend's ACC championship game in Charlotte. It was Virginia Tech's eighth consecutive victory in the series, and 12th in 13 games. They will be playing for the ACC title for the fifth time and seeking their fourth title in five years. The Cavaliers (8-4, 5-3) had won four straight and seemed ready to finally challenge their state rival, but quarterback Michael Rocco threw two interceptions and fumbled it away once. The Hokies, who lost 23-3 to Clemson early in the season, will be playing their third title game rematch in the ACC, and are 2-0 in the first two, having beaten Boston College both times. They got to this title game by shutting down Virginia's running game, which came in averaging better than 177 yards, and that enabled the Hokies to get plenty of pressure on Rocco when he had to throw. He had been sacked just 11 times coming into the game, but was thrown for a loss four times. The Cavaliers finished with just 30 rushing yards on 26 attempts and gained 241 yards. - AP Sports

11/17/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: North Carolina at Virginia Tech, Nov. 17 It's another Thursday night test for the Hokies as they try to take another step towards their fifth Coastal Division title in seven years. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels may be playing to save the job of interim coach Everitt Withers, who's come under fire after his team's lackluster effort in a 13-0 loss Nov. 5 at N.C. State. KEYS TO THE GAME: Tech's defense has to try to stop Giovanni Bernard, who's already rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman, and force freshman QB Bryn Renner to carry the load in the face of a hostile pass rush and crowd. The offense simply has to maintain its recent balance and avoid early turnovers which would give North Carolina some real hope. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB David Wilson - Working on a string of seven straight 100-yard games, Wilson could have a difficult time making it eight against the Tar Heels' strong front seven. But with his skill and the offensive line's good work this year, it's hard to bet against Wilson running wild at some point. - The Sports Xchange

11/17/2011 - In most cases, a running back who's been over 100 yards in nine of 10 games and is the nation's leading rusher with 1,360 yards would be a Heisman Trophy candidate. So where's the love for Virginia Tech's David Wilson? Barring injury or some other circumstance, the junior will become the Hokies' all-time single-season rushing leader. He needs just 296 yards to pass Ryan Williams, who set the mark just two years ago, and has an outside chance at 2,000 yards for the year. Wilson figures to draw closer to Williams and perhaps go over 1,500 yards Thursday night when the Hokies host North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division contest. "He runs with great effort on every single play," Tech coach Frank Beamer said. "You might not always know where he's going, but you can never question his effort. You have to love how hard he plays." A few national pundits, such as CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman and ESPN TV analyst Kirk Herbstreit, have noticed Wilson's consistency, putting him in the top five of their Heisman ballots. But most seem unaware of the year he's having. One straw poll taken after last weekend's games had Wilson nowhere near the top five, even though QBs Andrew Luck and Kellen Moore suffered damaging losses which had to hurt their chances. However, Wilson still has impact games remaining and could yet work his way into the Heisman conversation. - The Sports Xchange

11/10/2011 - The Hokies are 24-2 in November since joining the ACC in 2004. Their only losses in that span are against Miami, a 27-7 rout in 2005 and a 16-14 squeaker in 2008. Three of those wins came at Georgia Tech's expense all on Thursday nights and two of them in Atlanta. Virginia Tech is shooting for its 12th straight true road win, which would extend the nation's longest streak in that department. Its last road defeat was a 28-23 decision in 2009 ... at Georgia Tech. PLAYERS TO WATCH: TB David Wilson has rushed for 100 yards or more in six straight games, the longest stretch by a back in coach Frank Beamer's 25 years. Wilson has been remarkably consistent in that streak, running for between 123 and 148 yards in all six games. - The Sports Xchange

11/10/2011 - Logan Thomas accounted for five touchdowns, David Wilson rushed for a career-best 175 yards and No. 10 Virginia Tech took a huge step toward the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, beating No. 20 Georgia Tech 37-26 Thursday night. Thomas threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores. Wilson had his seventh straight 100-yard game, already the longest streak of Frank Beamer's quarter-century as coach. The teams went back and forth through the second and third quarters, scoring on eight of nine possessions in one stretch. But Virginia Tech (9-1, 5-1 ACC) took advantage of a huge personal foul on Jeremiah Attaochu and a fourth-down gamble by Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson that didn't pay off. The Yellow Jackets (7-3, 4-3) were eliminated from the Coastal Division race. - AP Sports

11/10/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, Nov. 10 In what has become the big rivalry in the ACC's Coastal Division, the Hokies and Yellow Jackets will likely decide who wins the division and plays for a conference title. Virginia Tech has won 11 straight road games, the nation's longest streak, since a 2009 defeat at Georgia Tech. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Hokies' offense could be their best defense in this one. If they can hog the ball and convert possession time into points, they could not only keep the Jackets' offense idle on the sidelines, they could force them out of their game plan. But Virginia Tech must execute well against a defense which stifled Clemson like no other opponent has this year. - The Sports Xchange

10/29/2011 - David Wilson rushed for 148 yards and No. 15 Virginia Tech overcame a sloppy performance to beat Duke 14-10 on Saturday for its Atlantic Coast Conference-record 11th straight road victory. Logan Thomas was 17 of 28 for 190 yards with two interceptions and a 2-yard touchdown pass to Eric Martin. Josh Oglesby added a 1-yard scoring run for the Coastal Division-leading Hokies (8-1, 4-1). They entered as 15-point favorites, were sluggish and inefficient throughout, yet came up with enough plays to claim their fourth straight victory. Virginia Tech rolled up 433 yards yet gave up 326 to Duke. Sean Renfree was 17 of 35 for 204 yards but was intercepted three times for the Blue Devils (3-5, 1-3). They couldn't overcome four turnovers and lost their third straight overall and 44th in a row against nationally ranked teams. - AP Sports

10/22/2011 - David Wilson got Virginia Tech's offense untracked with a long touchdown run in the third quarter and Logan Thomas threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the No. 16 Hokies beat Boston College 30-14 on Saturday for their third consecutive victory. The Hokies (7-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 7-6 at halftime, but Wilson broke off a 42-yard touchdown run on their first possession of the third quarter, and Thomas then led consecutive scoring drives, waking up a Lane Stadium crowd that had had little to cheer about. Chase Rettig led a short scoring drive that gave the Eagles (1-6, 0-4) a 7-0 lead after just 3 minutes, and hit Chris Pantale with a 7-yard TD throw in the fourth quarter. He had trouble getting inside the Hokies' 40 otherwise, and threw a drive-killing interception. - AP Sports

09/24/2011 - David Wilson rushed for 132 yards, Josh Oglesby scored two touchdowns and No. 13 Virginia Tech beat Marshall 30-10 on Saturday in a final tuneup before its anticipated Atlantic Coast Conference opener. It was another lackluster win over an opponent from a non-BCS conference for the Hokies, who are off to their first 4-0 start since 2006. But the pressure's about to ratchet up with No. 21 Clemson due up next. Virginia Tech displayed some big-play ability and kept the turnover-prone Thundering Herd (1-3) in their own end for much of the game. But Marshall continued to expose Tech's vulnerabilities in the worrisome way East Carolina and Arkansas State did earlier this season. - AP Sports

09/22/2011 - Through three games, fans know little more about the Hokies offense than they did in August. Which is to say there's still a lot for them to discover. The unit's last rehearsal before Atlantic Coast Conference play is Saturday at Marshall and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer will be looking for some improvements across the board, chiefly along the offensive line. While 427 total yards in last week's win over Arkansas State sounds impressive, the Hokies averaged just 3.4 yards on 40 rushes. It goes without saying they will have to get a better push up front this week, not to mention for their ACC opener Oct. 1 against unbeaten Clemson. "When you look at Marshall, you look at the team that played West Virginia," Beamer said of the 1-2 Thundering Herd. "They hung right in there for most of that game. We have to understand their fans will be in a frenzy." quiet Marshall's fans, Tech will have to re-establish a running game built around tailback David Wilson, who had to work for his 88 yards on 21 carries last week, and then take shots downfield with sophomore quarterback Logan Thomas. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - TOP 10 MOST EXCITING PLAYERS IN COLLEGE: 4-David Wilson, Va. Tech, RB-KR: An NCAA All-American in track as a triple jumper, Wilson isn't just a little speed back. He's a 205-pound headache for rival defenses, having broken, by VT coaches account, 29 tackles in two games while rolling up 300 rushing yards. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/10/2011 - Josh Oglesby ran for the go-ahead 10-yard score with 7:30 left, helping No. 11 Virginia Tech beat East Carolina 17-10 on Saturday to give coach Frank Beamer his 200th win at the school. David Wilson ran for 138 yards to lead the Hokies (2-0) and quarterback Logan Thomas struggled in his second career start while the Hokies also committed 12 penalties and committed two turnovers, but their defense completely shut down the Pirates' high-powered passing attack and held East Carolina (0-2) to 112 total yards. That included minus-15 yards rushing, second fewest in ECU history. Michael Dobson ran for a 2-yard touchdown for the Pirates. But in an unusual twist, it was their defense-among the nation's worst last year-that kept East Carolina in it until late. - AP Sports

09/09/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TB David Wilson - Imagine what he might have done last week had he gotten more than 16 carries for 162 yards and three TDs. He wasn't needed for most of the second half, as the Hokies had put the game to bed early. But if he gets 20 touches or more against a porous run defense, his numbers could put him in the Heisman Trophy conversation. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - TB David Wilson averaged 10.1 yards on 16 carries in the rout of Appalachian State, but the most impressive stat is one not even kept. The coaching staff said Wilson broke 15 tackles after reviewing game film, which they believe to be an unofficial record for one game. That's further proof the speedy Wilson is running with more power than at any time in his career. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - One can bet that 11th-ranked Virginia Tech will test the improved Pirate run defense early and often with David Wilson, a junior tailback who lived up to and perhaps surpassed the preseason hype by rushing for 162 yards and three TDs on just 16 attempts in last week's blowout of Appalachian State. If the veteran O-line and Wilson can do work early, it will make the first road start for sophomore quarterback Logan Thomas a whole lot easier. "It will be emotional down there," Beamer admitted, "but I think our guys like going to play in places like that. It will be loud and a little bit frenzied. But it means a lot when people think that highly of us." - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2011 - 09/07/11 DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 5. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech: Appalachian State came to Blacksburg with on a mission to repeat their upset of Michigan at the Big House in 2007, but Tech was ready -- especially since Frank Beamer's squad fell at home to FCS foe James Madison last year. Wilson helped the team beat down the Mountaineers 66-13, by accumulating 166 yards and three scores on just 16 carries. His combination of 4.4 speed and strong, compact build may allow him to be drafted ahead of former Hokie and Arizona's 2011 second-round pick, Ryan Williams. - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

09/03/2011 - David Wilson ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 13 Virginia Tech routed Appalachian State 66-13 on Saturday. Wilson scored on runs of 20, 19 and 3 yards, and new quarterback Logan Thomas threw the first two touchdown passes of his career as the Hokies won their season opener for the first time in four years. The Mountaineers, one of the powerhouse teams of the Championship Subdivision, came in with a much heralded offense led by quarterback DeAndre Presley. But the Hokies limited Appalachian State to 61 yards in the first half in taking a 38-0 lead. Two touchdowns early in the third quarter, one on a blocked punt-pushed the lead to 52-0 and both teams substituted freely thereafter. - AP Sports

09/02/2011 - TB David Wilson has averaged 9.3 yards every time he's touched the football as a Hokie. That includes kickoff returns, two of which he lugged back for TDs last year. Although he's the starter at tailback, Wilson is listed atop the depth chart on kick returns in 2011. - The Sports Xchange

08/25/2011 - David Wilson loves competition. So much so, the Virginia Tech junior competes not only on the football field but also on the outdoor and indoor men's track teams. "I like anything with competition," Wilson said. When he was finished with the football season, he moved straight into indoor track where he took the bronze medal at the ACC Championships in the triple jump. From there, he moved on to outdoor track where he earned his first career All-America honor while placing second in the ACC and sixth in the triple jump at the NCAA Championship. Now, he begins his third season with the Hokies, stepping up as starting running back replacing Ryan Williams and Darren Evans. "I just want to be a complete back ... an every down back," Wilson said. Wilson rushed for 619 yards and five touchdowns last season in the backfield as a reserve. As a kick returner, the Virginia native sparked two victories with returns for touchdowns. The first coming on Oct. 2 against N.C. State when he returned a kick 92-yards for a score to propel the Hokies past the Wolfpack, 41-30. The second came on Nov. 4 against Georgia Tech, when with less than 3 minutes left, he returned a kick 92-yards again for the go-ahead touchdown to lift Virginia Tech to a 28-21 win. "It was such a high adrenaline rush crossing that goal line especially in those critical moments," Wilson recalled. "It wasn't like a blow-out game when I did, it was critical moments when the team needed me to come through." - Matt Murschel, The Orlando Sentinel

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: David Wilson, Virginia Tech, has been named one of 50 players selected to the Paul Hornung Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. - The Louisville Sports Commission

07/19/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: David Wilson (Jr.), Virginia Tech, has been named one of 52 running backs selected to the 2011 Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. - The PwC SMU Athletic Forum

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: David Wilson, Virginia Tech, RB, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. - The Maxwell Football Club

06/22/2011 - UNDERCLASSMAN BREAKOUT CANDIDATES: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech: Despite Wilson being stuck in a rotation with Darren Evans and Ryan Williams, and thus getting less than nine carries a game, he flashed a burst indicative of his 4.3 speed and some toughness to bounce off tackles and even carry a defender over the first-down marker. His two kickoff returns for touchdowns also showed scouts how difficult it is to get the angle on him in the open field. Head coach Frank Beamer will split carries between Wilson and senior Josh Oglesby this year, but an increased workload and steady improvement in his cut decisiveness could boost him into the top 40 (where Williams was drafted by Arizona in April). - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

05/11/2011 - STARS OF 2011: RB David Wilson - After serving an apprentice role to Ryan Williams and Darren Evans the last two years, it's his time to be the star. Wilson has world class sprinter's speed, making him a big-play threat on any snap, and also showed last year that he can catch the ball out of the backfield. The only question here is can he hold up under the heavier workload of a No. 1 back. - The Sports Xchange

05/11/2011 - BUILDING BLOCKS: The pieces are again in placed for the Hokies to have an explosive offense. RB David Wilson may be the ACC's fastest player, while WRs Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale are playmakers. If Thomas can get time to throw from a veteran line, Tech should score more than 400 points for a second straight season. On special teams, Wilson and Hosley are capable of returning any kick the distance, although Wilson's duties there might be curtailed because of increased work at tailback. - The Sports Xchange

05/11/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: TB David Wilson - Some thought he was the best tailback last year, although Darren Evans started and Ryan Williams was the No. 2 man after returning from his injury. But Wilson made big plays as a runner, receiver and kick returner that all affected games. This year, as the No. 1 runner, he could put up numbers which could compare with Williams' freshman year in 2009 (1,655 yards, 21 TDs). - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/29/2012 - Hosley, the Giants' third-round draft pick, will be reunited with his college teammate, running back David Wilson, with whom he played for the Hokies at Virginia Tech. In describing Wilson, Hosley called him, "a good guy, fun guy -- loves to laugh and joke around." One of Hosley's favorite stories about his college roommate was his chasing a rabbit around campus because he wanted to prove that he was quick enough to catch the animal. "You never know what to expect coming from David," Hosley said. "He's just a guy that has a lot of energy and always running around." - The Sports Xchange

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