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Stories Behind the David Wilson Story

To many at Virginia Tech, running back David Wilson is a tie-wearing, fast-running freshman, as I documented here.

But to Jayron Hosley, Wilson is something different. As his roommate, Hosley gets to see another side of Wilson, one that many others do not. Hosley said Wilson is a “pretty hyper dude.” Others who know Wilson acknowledged his energy and said he has a goofy side.

“David, he’s a person with a lot of energy,” Hosley said. He’s always moving, dancing.”

Hosley said Wilson might spontaneously bust out into song and dance. He said “you wouldn’t expect it” from someone with such a straight-laced appearance.

Asked if Wilson was a good dancer, Hosley smiled and said nothing. It was the equivalent of “no comment.”

Before his senior year at George Washington High School in Danville, Va., Wilson waltzed up to the principal, Christopher A. Carter, with whom he had a friendly relationship, and told him he would dress better than him during his senior year.

“I said, ‘David, you can’t be sharper than the principal,’ ” Carter said, laughing as he recalled the story.

Sure enough, Wilson was dressing in shirt and tie. But it did not stop Wilson, who regularly walked the halls with a grin, from displaying his sense of humor and his up-tempo nature.

In one football game, he broke a long touchdown run and flipped into the end zone. He landed on his feet.

“He got flagged for it, and the coach fussed at him,” Carter said in a telephone interview. “That’s just David; he doesn’t mean any harm by it.”

Another time, Carter remembered hearing that some students were causing a commotion in the school’s gym. When he arrived, he saw Wilson flipping off of the top of the bleachers. Carter said the stands were about 15 feet high. Carter’s first question was, “David, are you crazy?”

“Mr. Carter, we’re just out here having some fun,” Wilson said.

“David, I’m sure Coach Beamer would rather you have fun some other way,” Carter replied.

Speaking about the incident now, Carter said: “That’s the kid of fella he is. He does it in fun. He doesn’t mean nothing by it. You can’t get mad at him.”

Running back Ryan Williams has grown close to Wilson. The two like to joke with each other. One day while eating dinner during the summer, Wilson took the skin off of the salmon he was eating and put it on his hand. He told Williams he was turning into a fish. Williams cracked up at Wilson’s sense of humor.

“He’s just like a big kid,” Williams said. “Not in a bad way, but he just loves playing around, loves joking.”

By Mark Viera  |  September 15, 2009; 12:34 PM ET
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