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Friday, January 6, 2012
Virginia Tech RB David Wilson to turn pro

By Heather Dinich

Virginia Tech running back David Wilson will leave school early to enter the NFL draft, he said Friday morning at a news conference on campus.

This doesn't come as a surprise, as Wilson has been a projected first- or second-round pick by most NFL experts, and he has made no secret of his dream to play in the NFL. This is a huge loss, though, not only for the Hokies, but also for the ACC. Wilson could have been a true Heisman contender for the ACC next year, and his departure -- along with that of four offensive linemen -- will leave the offense very inexperienced and with big holes to fill.

Josh Oglesby, the Hokies’ No. 2 back, will graduate, meaning Tony Gregory, who is the third-string running back, would receive an immediate promotion. Gregory played in all 14 games this season, but had only 16 carries for 27 yards.

“Tony has a lot of talent and he’s practiced well this year,” running backs coach Shane Beamer said in an earlier interview. “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."

Beamer said his "job would be a lot tougher" if Wilson were to leave. It just got more difficult for the entire offense.