What Will The Hokies Do With David Wilson?

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2009

BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 27:  Head coach Frank Beamer of the Virginia Tech Hokies watches his team warm up before a game against the Virginia Cavaliers on November 27, 2004, at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia. Virginia Tech defeated Virginia 24-10.  (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

If you don't know who David Wilson is, here's some background information:

Wilson is the new freshman running back for Virginia Tech.  He played at George Washington High School in Danville, VA, and rushed for 2,291 yards and 35 touchdowns in his senior season alone. 

He was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia, made ESPN's Top 150 list and Rival's Top 100 list, and was considered the fourth best running back prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.

Wilson was also a track star in high school, and finished first in the triple-jump at the Nike indoor nationals meet this spring.

This spring, Wilson played for the United States in the first ever International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship where players 19 and younger from eight different countries compete.

Wilson was named MVP of the championship game, in which the USA beat Canada 41-3, rushing 10 times for 87 yards.

In high school, Wilson could bench 300 pounds, squat 525 pounds, and run a 4.4 40-yard dash. 

He has improved in every category benching 315 pounds, squatting 605 pounds and running a 4.33 40 in summer practice.

So, now that you know a little bit about Wilson, and what he's bringing to the table, let's ask a simple, yet difficult question.

Should the coaching staff play Wilson for the 2009 season or redshirt him?

Darren Evans is the starter heading into the season, and likely won't give up the position unless an injury occurs. 

Ryan Williams, who was redshirted last year and also had a lot of hype surrounding him, will be the second string running back.  Evans and Williams are expected to give the Hokies their first two-running back system since 2005.

Kenny Lewis has gone down with yet another injury, and the coaching staff isn't expecting him to be able to play until the fourth week of the season.

Josh Oglesby is considered the third string back for the Hokies, and has shown promise during his playing time last season and throughout the summer.

If Wilson does play it would likely be as a kick/punt returner.  Wilson would give the Hokies tremendous athleticism and speed at the position, but they may not want to use a year of his eligibility as a return specialist.

However, teammates are raving about Wilson, who seems to be a likeable guy, and many don't feel he will be sitting this season out.

If the Hokies do end up running the Wild Turkey offense, Wilson could potentially see playing time out of that set.

It's going to be a highly debated topic heading up to kickoff on Sept. 5, but the coaching staff has to love the position they're in right now.

If Wilson does play, it gives Stinespring four capable backs to use on offense and it would give Frank Beamer another freak athlete to add to his special teams.

So that leaves this question.  If you were the Virginia Tech coaching staff, what would you do with Wilson?


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