A trio of RBs to replace Wilson in 2012.
Wilson was the ACC's Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 2011, as he rushed for a school-record 1,709 yards. The junior averaged nearly six yards per carry and finished eighth in the nation in both rushing and all-purpose yards per game. He rushed for 100 yards or more in seven straight games at one point and tied the ACC single-season record with 10 100-yard rushing games for the season.
So how are head coach Frank Beamer and offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring going to replace the player who was single-handedly responsible for 65 percent of the Hokies' rushing attack last season? Most likely with a running back by committee approach, unless someone emerges during spring practice. Junior Tony Gregory has the most experience, while sophomore Daniel Dyer is the returner with the most production, albeit 30 yards on six carries. There are several redshirts and incoming freshmen who will get their chances to show they can contribute as well, including J.C. Coleman, Michael Holmes and Dominique Patterson.