Virginia Tech Football: How Hokies Will Survive After Losing Another Top Back

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Virginia Tech Football: How Hokies Will Survive After Losing Another Top Back
Michael Holmes

Losing a player who just set the school record for over 1,700 yards rushing would have many schools concerned about where their offense is going to come from.

Not at Virginia Tech.

After breaking former teammate Ryan Williams' 2009 record for most rushing yards in a season, David Wilson left Blacksburg a year early for the NFL. 

Just in the last two years, the Hokies have lost three record-setting running backs early to the NFL.

Darren Evans, who set an ACC-record for most rushing yards in a season by a freshman in 2008, signed as an undrafted free agent with his hometown Indianapolis Colts in 2011. 

Ryan Williams, who, in 2009, shattered Evans' freshman rushing record, also set the single-season school rushing record. Williams also set an ACC-record for 21 rushing touchdowns in a season in 2009. Williams was a second-round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. 

Wilson, a junior in 2011, broke Williams' single-season rushing record, finishing the season with 1,709 yards. 

Wilson will be missed. Not only was he a terrific running back, but he was arguably the team's fastest player and top big-play threat. 

But, here are five reasons the Hokies will be fine at running back in 2012.

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