Scrimmage Report: David Wilson Stands Out

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The Hokies completed their second scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday in Lane Stadium. There were standouts on both sides of the ball, it was good to get some young defenders back from injury. Enough promise was shown in all three phases of the game to make you think that Tech has a chance to be very good.

There were a few more fumbles in today’s scrimmage than you’d like to see (two by Darren Evans), and Cris Hill blocked two punts (that’s got to make Frank Beamer upset … and happy), but overall the team continues to look strong.

I came away from Saturday’s scrimmage pretty impressed overall, but several things stood out to me.

How Do You Redshirt David Wilson?

David Wilson had perhaps his most impressive scrimmage in a Tech uniform. He nearly broke the opening kickoff for a touchdown, needing only a few more inches on the edge to turn the corner and take it the distance. He also ran hard, and he ran fast.

He beat the starting defense to the corner for a touchdown run early (thanks in part to a great crack back block by D.J. Coles), and later had a big run up the middle against the starters in which he drug half the defense at least five yards. Darren Evans described Wilson about as well as anyone could earlier in the week in an interview with Kyle Tucker.

“He’s fast as crap, and he’s strong as crap,” Evans said.

Well said, Darren, well said. He certainly ran strong and fast on Saturday. It didn’t look like the Tech defense was doing anything wrong. It was more Wilson just playing really, really well.

Wilson might not be one of the two best tailbacks on the team. Billy Hite sees these players every day, so he’s more qualified to make that decision. However, it can’t be denied that Wilson is one of the best playmakers on the team. He can return kicks, he can line up as a wideout, he can take handoffs, he can go in motion and take end arounds.

This will be an awfully tough decision for the coaching staff. If Wilson continues to play like he did on Saturday, he won’t be here for five years if he does take a redshirt year. I say play him. What if a David Wilson kickoff return for a touchdown against Miami is the difference between the Orange Bowl and the Champs Sports Bowl?

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