Monday, March 19, 2012
Biggest shoes to fill: Virginia Tech
By Matt Fortuna
Our series continues today with the Hokies, who have a major hole to fill following the early departure of one star to the NFL and an injury behind him.
OUT: David Wilson. Wilson declared for the NFL Draft following a 2011 campaign that earned him both ACC player of the year and offensive player of the year honors. A starter in all 14 games, Wilson played more than 700 snaps on offense and another 51 on special teams, rushing for a school-record 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns on 290 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per carry and 122.1 rushing yards per game. He added 21 catches for 126 yards and a score, and he led the Hokies with 22 kick returns for 415 yards, netting 2,253 all-purpose yards. His seven straight 100-plus yard rushing games were the most under coach Frank Beamer, and his 10 total tied Ryan Williams' ACC record from 2009. He finished his Virginia Tech career with 2,662 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He is one of the top running back prospects in this year's draft.
IN: J.C. Coleman and Michael Holmes. Coleman is an early enrollee and Holmes is a redshirt freshman, and the duo will be options 1 and 2 this spring as Tony Gregory recovers from surgery on his knee. Coleman, an ESPNU three-star prospect and the No. 9 player out of the state of Virginia, rushed for 1,488 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior at Oscar Frommel Smith High School despite missing three games with an ankle injury. Holmes was Virginia's No. 41 player and an ESPNU two-star prospect a year earlier after rushing for 2,877 yards on 372 carries at Harrisonburg High School.