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Monday, December 19, 2011
Experience lacking behind David Wilson

By Heather Dinich
ESPN.com

Virginia Tech running back David Wilson hasn't made up his mind as to whether or not he'll leave early for the NFL draft, but I spoke with running backs coach Shane Beamer this past weekend about what the group would like without Wilson.

In a word? Young.

"If David were to leave early, we've got a real, real young group to say the least," Beamer said.

Josh Oglesby, the Hokies' No. 2 back, will graduate, meaning Tony Gregory, who is the third-string running back heading into the AllState Sugar Bowl, would receive an immediate promotion. Gregory played in all 13 games this season, but had only 16 carries for 27 yards.

"Tony has a lot of talent and he's practiced well this year," Beamer said. "I wish I'd had played him more, but David was just playing so well. Tony would be the leader going into next year. We've got a freshman we redshirted in Michael Holmes, who I think is going to be a really good player, and we've recruited well. I'm really excited about the guys who are committed to us who are in high school right now. My job will be a lot tougher next year -- I know that -- if David were to leave, but I don't think Virginia Tech has ever lacked for a running back. Running backs across the country know what kind of tradition we have here. They know what the expectations here are. Whoever is in that hole, he'll be really talented, and we'll have guys around him who will help."