By Christopher Lusk
The leading rusher in the nation isn’t even in the Heisman Trophy discussion. The only running back in that conversation is Alabama’s Trent Richardson. Within the ACC, the running back getting the most hype is Miami’s Lamar Miller. On the other hand, Virginia Tech Running Back David Wilson has been quietly putting together an All-American season. Wilson is the only running back to have 1,000 rushing yards,leading the nation. He has been remarkably consistent. Through eight games, he has rushed for more than 100 yards seven times, and had more than 100 all-purpose yards in every game. He is averaging a solid 6.3 yards per carry.
David Wilson might be described as one of a kind, or a freak-of-nature, but in a good way. He has blazing speed and has shown amazing athleticism several times this season. For example, during the Clemson game, he took a handoff out of the shotgun, changed direction four times, and then was broke off a 16 yard run. That might not sound that special, until you review the play and realize he ran more than 100 yards on the play, and could have easily lost 10 yards on the play. (link at end of story)
My first experience seeing his athleticism was during my junior year in high school. At the Virginia State Track Meet, there was a big commotion at the triple jump pit. People were excited because David Wilson was there and had a chance to break the state record. While he didn’t get the record that day, Wilson went on to win back-to-back national championships in the triple jump. His jump of 51’5’’ at Nike Indoor Nationals is the 10th longest jump of all time in indoor track.
In addition to playing football, Wilson is a member of the Hokies Track & Field Team. This spring, he was named an All-American in the triple jump. If the Hokies keep winning and Wilson stays atop the rushing charts, he could become the first Virginia Tech football player to be named an All-American in two different sports.
Link to amazing run against Clemson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlLxRplpbrk