David Wilson: Why the Rookie Running Back's List of Goals Is Way out of Reach

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David Wilson: Why the Rookie Running Back's List of Goals Is Way out of Reach
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The Giants’ first-round selection in the 2012 NFL draft, running back David Wilson, has a preseason tradition: to make a list of goals for himself to aim for in the regular season.

When Wilson was asked about his list in early August, he admitted that he hadn’t made it yet, but he promised that his goals “will not be easy to obtain” (via ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk).

His goals had been pretty optimistic in the past. For his final season at Virginia Tech, Wilson’s goals included 100 rushing yards and a touchdown in every game, in addition to earning All-ACC and All-American honors. The incredible part is that despite how hard to reach his goals always are, Wilson claims that he usually achieves about 75-80 percent of them each year, according to Youngmisuk.

On Saturday afternoon, just four days before the season opener, the rookie running back released his goals for the 2012 season, his first as a New York Giant—and let’s just say, if Wilson achieves 75 percent of his goals this season, a lot of Giants fans will be very happy campers.

According to The Star-Ledger’s Jenny Vrentas, Wilson’s list contains six lofty goals:

  1. Average 5.0 yards per carry
  2. Score at least 10 touchdowns
  3. Have at least six 100-yard games
  4. Allow no sacks on his behalf
  5. No fumbles
  6. Have at least one play of 20 yards (presumably per game)

Wilson obviously has some high expectations of himself, but it’s hard not to like his confidence. Looking at the situation realistically, though, we begin to wonder if these goals are really within the back’s reach.

I definitely believe that Wilson has the talent and athleticism to meet these goals if he were running under the perfect conditions. However, I can think of a few things that might get in his way in 2012.

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