According to a Facebook wall post, Virginia Tech junior running back David Wilson could be on his way to the NFL Draft following the 2011 college football season.
Tom Mustin, a news anchor and reporter at CBS4 in Denver and Virginia Tech alumnus, posted the following on the VTHokieFans Facebook page Monday morning:
Hearing rumors that David Wilson is a projected first round pick in the NFL next year, and he’s already filled out the preliminary papers.
Most Hokies fans, before the season began, assumed that Wilson would turn pro if he had an exceptional junior year. To describe Wilson’s 2011 season as exceptional would be a gross understatement.
The Danville, Va., native ranks third in the nation (among FBS schools) in total rushing yards with 1,595 yards, and ranks fifth in yards per game with 132.92. He’s also on pace to shatter Virginia Tech’s single season rushing record of 1,655 yards set by former teammate Ryan Williams in 2009. Wilson needs just 61 yards to break Williams’ record and has two more games to do so.
It would make sense for Wilson to leave early for the NFL if he’s a projected first- or second-round pick. But looking to the Hokies’ 2012 roster, it makes even more sense because next year the Hokies will be without four starting offensive linemen. As good as Wilson is, even he will tell you that his success has come in large part because of the blocking up front by his senior-led o-line.
If Wilson does leave, Virginia Tech will have a huge hole in the backfield. Not only would they lose Wilson, but redshirt senior Josh Oglesby will also be gone. That leaves redshirt junior (in 2012) Tony Gregory (6-0, 190 pounds) as the only running back with any legitimate experience. Add to that four new o-line starters and next year’s offense for the Hokies will be a big question mark.
Tech does have a stable of young running backs with a potential, but rarely do freshmen make immediate impacts.
Currently on the team, the Hokies have Michael Holmes, a two-time Group AA Offensive Player of the Year in Virginia, and Dominique Patterson, a converted linebacker. Both players were redshirted this season.
Next fall, Tech will welcome two 4-star (Rivals.com) running backs in Drew Harris (6-1, 210 pounds from Exton, Pa.) and J.C. Coleman (5-7, 169 pounds from Cheasepeake, Va.). Harris is probably more physically prepared for the college game at 6-1, 210 pounds, but how much either will be able to contribute remains to be seen.
Until then, Virginia Tech fans have two games remaining in the 2011 season to enjoy another amazing season by a running back.