Frank Beamer and his staff are facing a problem that any school in the country would love to have; too many talented running backs.
With 2008 record setting Darren Evans healthy and returning from an ACL injury and Ryan Williams (who broke D. Evans record in 2009) both ready to hit the field for the Hokies, what will they do with David Wilson?
Wilson and the Virginia Tech staff don't even know what to do.
Wilson has stated that he would love nothing more than to play; he is ready to help the team but he does not want to waste a year. He has said recently that if he could be assured of at least ten carries a game he would feel comfortable with his chance at producing on the field. Wilson saw limited playing time in 2009 due to the unexpected breakout season for Williams.
In a recent interview Wilson spoke to reporters and said that he feels more comfortable with his own talent and the talent around him at the college level.
He is gaining more confidence with himself, and surprisingly said that he is yet to "run at full speed in a Virginia Tech uniform," which is pretty impressive to hear. This kid is ready to break loose.
With all the fuss in Blacksburg around Williams and Evans, many fans don't know what is waiting behind them in Wilson. Wilson is an incredible talent who was the Gatorade Player of the year in Virginia during his senior season of high school for George Washington in Danville VA.
The coaching staff said that Wilson is making the decision very difficult; they say that in practices and in recent scrimmages he is hard to contain, even breaking loose for an impressive touchdown run during last weekends scrimmage. The buzz on the team is that Wilson is simply too talented to be watching from the sideline.
It is quite possible that he will travel with the team for a few weeks as a last resort in case one of the other guys goes down with an injury. However, what are the chances that this guy can get the touches he deserves and is looking for? You can't argue with the talent in front of him, nor can he.
The decision will be made most likely in the next few weeks, but it is one that carries a lot of weight. David Wilson has a skill set that combines both speed and strength which is hard to find in one running back.