Walking past Virginia Tech running back David Wilson on Tuesday, one would have never gotten the impression that he ranks fifth in the nation with 300 rushing yards through two games. Or that he was only a few days removed from a 26-carry, 138-yard performance in which he broke 14 East Carolina tackles.
The energy-filled running back was uncharacteristically mellow, and admitted that he was “unhappy” with his latest performance. When told there are people who would love to be unhappy about 138 yards, Wilson shook his head and tried to hide a smirk.
“It wasn’t even necessarily the yards I was unhappy with,” he said. “It was just the way the whole game was like. It was just not clicking.”
You’ll remember Wilson had a pretty phenomenal list of goals heading into the season. He wanted more than 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns, and to average more than 100 yards per game. That’s all still in play after two games, especially if he continues to average 7.1 yards per carry like he is now.
But that list also included his desire to have no fumbles, “with a star beside it,” Wilson said at the time. Well on Saturday against East Carolina, Wilson had his first fumble of the year. That played a part in his mood.
“It’s not like I’m gonna think about it like: ‘Don’t fumble. Don’t fumble.’ It’s just like it happened and it made me unhappy,” Wilson said. “But at the same time I’m not gonna dwell on it. . . . I’m gonna worry about this weekend. I’m not worried about nothing that happened last weekend.”
There are lofty standards around the football facility for the Hokies’ featured back these days. As Wilson walked back to the locker room Tuesday, quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain was told about how Wilson was unsatisfied with his 138 yards Saturday. O’Cain smiled and responded within earshot of Wilson, “He could’ve had 170 yards if he didn’t get tired.”
From how Wilson sounds this week, that could mean trouble for the rest of the teams left on Virginia Tech’s schedule.
“Each week I’m looking to get better and improve and do something I didn’t do the last week,” Wilson said. “I had a lot of positives [against East Carolina], but I just look forward to playing better. I’m trying to make that, personally, one of my lowest performances.”