Headlined by two 300-yard-plus rushing performances, George Washington (Danville, VA) running back David Wilson gained 2,100 yards and scored 30 touchdowns on 170 carries this regular season, breaking his school’s single season individual rushing record and helping set a new school mark for team rushing yards in a season. The 5-11, 190-pound senior, a Virginia Tech recruit, has shown why he is such a coveted prospect.
“If you can believe this, I think he got faster,” GW-Danville head coach Dan Newell said of Wilson, whose total of 351 yards rushing against Franklin County broke the single game school record he set earlier in the season, when he rushed for 332 yards against Matoaca.
“He made some plays on the perimeter he didn’t make last year. I think he gained confidence to be able to outrun people and not worry so much about making people miss. Once he felt he could get to the edge, then that became something he focused on. He tried to get to the edge this year and we put in some new plays to give him the ball in space.”
Blending speed with power, Wilson was trying to run over defenders when he wasn’t running past them.
“His act of punishing defensive backs and linebackers and finishing runs strong reminds me of highlights of Walter Payton in terms of the style,” Newell said. “He is running with a head of steam, so to speak. Something he has really improved on is getting the tough yards. He would try to break big plays all the time last year, but this year he is willing to get that 5-yard run and soften up the defense that way.”
GW-Danville finished the regular season with a 6-4 record, making it into tomorrow night’s Northwest Region semifinal against Brooke Point. The team rallied after falling to 3-4, winning its last three games to earn a postseason berth.
“When we were 3-4, there was a turning point in the team in terms of attitude and the play of the offensive line,” Newell said. “The nuances of playing offensive line became evident to them and they also became a tougher group.”
Wilson isn’t the only GW-Danville rushing threat. Senior Tahron Goods has given the team a second big-time rushing weapon this season.
“Tahron rushed for 1,150 yards from the fullback position and allowed us to have dual threats in the backfield,” Newell said. “We knew we would...
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