Major, major thanks to Sean Bielawski of ESPN Blacksburg, a good friend and pro’s pro who scored an interview tonight with sophomore RB David Wilson, who is apparently pretty bummed out about his role in the offense through two games.
I was busy trying to find out the playing status of Nick Becton (he plans to play as the backup against ECU) and checking in on the psyche of Darren Evans after his costly fumble against JMU (he said Ryan Williams is returning the favor after Evans consoled him following the UNC fumble last season). So Sean shared the complete transcript of his interview with Wilson, which is posted below.
Wilson has gotten four carries for 25 yards. He has caught one pass for eight yards. He has returned six kickoffs for 122 yards.
Wilson was ready to redshirt this season to put some space between himself and established stars Williams and Evans. He said he didn’t want to waste a year of eligibility for four carries per game and kick-return duties. He was fine with sitting out in 2010.
But then he had a monster preseason and the coaches told him he’d be a significant part of the offense, and he happily tore that redshirt off and was ready to contribute. So far, when given a chance, he has. But that chance has been limited.
And here’s what Wilson thinks about it ...
RB DAVID WILSON
ON EXPECTING TO BE MORE INVOLVED IN THE OFFENSE THAN HE IS: “Yeah, I definitely thought I was going to be more involved, and I remember one of my quotes, I said the only way I wouldn't redshirt is if I didn't do what I did last year. And if I got, I said if they planning on just giving me four carries a game, then I'd rather redshirt. And so far, I haven't gotten four carries in a game, and that's been frustrating. But I guess I'm in it now, and anytime I touch the ball, I'm just going to try and make the best of it.”
ON WHETHER HE HAS TALKED WITH COACH HITE ABOUT HIS SITUATION: “Yeah. We talked about it, and he was telling me that these past games haven't been like, exactly the way he planned for it to be. Our offense got started off slow the Boise game and stuff. And then I (said), ‘It's four quarters in a game ... there's room to fit it in there if you really wanted to.’ And he said he's going to make some adjustments and do some changes for the East Carolina game. And he's going to try to get me in there more. So, we'll see what happens with that.”
ON IF IT’S MORE FRUSTRATING AFTER BEING PRODUCTIVE IN HIS 3 CARRIES ON SATURDAY: “Yeah, definitely. But, you know, I guess they'll realize it on their time when they realize it.”
ON HOW HE HAS DEALT WITH HIS SITUATION: “I guess there's no way to deal with it. You're just in it. You're kind of like, I guess, a tool, a product. And they decided they didn't want to redshirt me. My understanding is that I was going to play a lot more, but like they said, it's early in the season. And we'll see what happens with the rest of the season but ... I did good in the game when I got my carries. I did good, and they congratulated me on that. But I just can't wait until my opportunity. Like I said earlier, when you're getting carries here and there, you don't know when your next carry is going to come. You can't really show your true talent. Like a running back in Ryan's position where he knows he's going to get the ball then you can actually show your skills when you're put in that situation. So, I just can't wait until my opportunity comes.”
ON WHETHER HE’S CONFIDENT HE'LL GET THAT OPPORTUNITY THIS SEASON: “From the way things started off, I doubt if I get that this season, but anytime I get the ball, I'm going to definitely show them what I can do. I mean, I've been doing it, but I guess me showing them what I can do ain't going to have no more effect than it has in the past. But that's just for me, anytime I get the ball, I have to show what I can do so even if it's not here where I'm going to get my, I guess, glory days or shine, then hopefully at the next level. There's been a couple running backs who have been at a school in a program, and they didn't get their opportunity to produce at the college they was at. Like Willie Parker, I know from North Carolina, and I think he was a Pro Bowler. But at UNC, he never got his opportunity. And so as long as I just take advantage of the opportunities I get, then I feel I'll be alright, no matter what.”
ON WHETHER THERE’S ANY REGRET THAT HE DECIDED TO PLAY THIS YEAR AND NOT REDSHIRT: “Yeah, there has. When I was even at the sideline of the Boise game, I was standing there, and I was like, dang. The first quarter went by, second quarter went by, I had two touches on offense, a couple snaps on offense. And then I was like, ‘Dang, I could have redshirted for this.’ And I was having that regret then, but like I said, there's no way for me to get out of it now. My year is gone, so all I can do is make the best of it. And I feel everything happens for a reason, and if God has a plan for me, then nobody can stop that.”
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