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RB David Wilson will not redshirt

Running back David Wilson has been a topic of discussion among Virginia Tech football fans and coaches alike from the time spring practices began up until now, just seven days away from the 2010 season opener against Boise State at Fedex Field.

The No. 4 running back prospect in the nation according to some recruiting services, Wilson played in every game as a true freshman, getting carries as a backup to redshirt freshman Ryan Williams after running back Darren Evans suffered a season-ending ACL injury. But Wilson showed flashes of greatness, particularly when he racked up 165 yards rushing in a win over Marshall, and averaged 5.7 yards per carry for the season.

Now, though, with Evans back in the fold and looking completely healthy during preseason practices, many thought Wilson would redshirt this year to spread out his eligibility, giving him more of an opportunity to be a full time starter once Williams and Evans graduate or move on to the NFL.

That plan has been changed, according to Coach Frank Beamer, because of how well Wilson performed during training camp the past month. He's consistently drawn the praise of the Hokies coaching staff, and this past weekend, led the team in rushing and had a 43-yard kickoff return during its final intrasquad scrimmage. On Monday during his weekly teleconference, Beamer announced Wilson would not redshirt this season.

"I think he brings another element back there and I think he can help this football team be successful," said Beamer. "I think you need to try and get your best football players on the field, and he’s one of them."

By Mark Giannotto  |  August 30, 2010; 2:16 PM ET
 
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awww! I was hoping he'd redshirt this year. We have too many good backs right now.

Is it possible he wants to go to the NFL asap and pushed for this?

Posted by: dolan83 | August 30, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

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