For the first time in ACC history, the conference is returning five 1,000-yard rushers, but some of the best talent at running back might be yet to come. This summer, it's been impossible not to notice two young players giving it everything they've got to get on the field this fall: Virginia Tech sophomore David Wilson and Miami true freshman Storm Johnson.
Their performances are forcing their coaches to think twice about redshirting them.
The problem is they're stuck behind more experienced players in already crowded backfields.
Johnson enrolled at Miami this past January in time for spring practices, and just had a remarkable scrimmage that included a 92-yard touchdown run. But he's got competition coming from senior Damien Berry, sophomore Mike James, redshirt freshman Lamar Miller, senior Graig Cooper and other true freshmen in Eduardo Clements and Darion Hall.
Wilson, a sophomore, is in a similar situation. He's behind two 1,000-yard rushers in Darren Evans and Ryan Williams, but he's also been the most productive back this offseason. Wilson has carried 37 times for 172 yards (4.6 ypc) in scrimmages dating back to the spring – including 16 for 74 yards so far this summer.
Whether or not they actually see the field this fall remains to be seen, but both have proven they're ready to play. It's definitely one position neither program has to worry about for a while.