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Wilson on his future, present

While Virginia Tech still has three regular season games remaining, the news that running back Darren Evans practiced lightly on Monday has made it seem easy to look forward to the Hokies' backfield in 2010.

David Wilson said he might want to redshirt next season if his playing time mirrors his marginal role on this year's offense. Evans, who will be back from a knee injury, and standout Ryan Williams seem set up to be a dynamic pair of workhorses next year.

"Coaches say they don’t, but they also look how old a player is and how much time he’s got left here," said Wilson, a freshman. "I think if my playing time is looking the same, I might redshirt."

Billy Hite, the Hokies' running backs coach, said he has not taken the time to think about next season, adding: "That's what spring practice is for. Obviously we'll have a plan for that. We'll see where that goes. It's a great problem to have."

Before the year, Wilson appeared to have all the tools to make an immediate impact at Virginia Tech. He has electric speed and shiftiness. He put on a brilliant performance against Marshall on Sept. 12, rushing for 165 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

But since then, Wilson has appeared skittish running the ball and has had some trouble executing all of his assignments. He has played mostly on special teams as a kick returner alongside Dyrell Roberts. Wilson has only 33 rushes for 208 yards this year.

Asked if he wished he had redshirted this season, Wilson said, "I think I probably would have done some things differently, looking at the whole thing."

While the year has not been easy -- Wilson said he misses the constant contact from working as a regular running back -- he said he has tried to maintain a positive outlook. He has leaned on his family for support, he said, while trying to focus on improving his play to earn more time.

"All I can control is what I do," Wilson said. "Everything I do I'm going to go 100 percent. Something good is going to come out of it."

By Mark Viera  |  November 10, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
 
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