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In the first regular season game of his NFL career, former Virginia Tech Hokies football and track standout David Wilson fumbled. He was devastated.

Head coach Tom Coughlin relegated the rookie to kickoff return duty for the next 12 games, where the rookie excelled, registering 1,094 return yards, which ranked No. 1 in the entire NFL.

Today, vs. the New Orleans Saints, Coughlin let Wilson out of the dog house and turned the talented and charismatic tailback loose. Wilson was ready. The 2012 first-round pick made his coach, and thousands of Giants fans very happy.

Wilson scored three touchdowns and registered 327 total yards as the Giants scored 17 fourth quarter points to blow open a close game en route to a 52-27 beat down of Drew Brees and the Saints.

Trailing 7-0 five minutes into the game, Wilson fielded the ensuing kickoff at his own three yard line and blew by everyone and sprinted up the right sideline, untouched, for a 97-yard return for a score. The extra point tied the game at seven.

Wilson added a 6-yard TD run in the third quarter and 52-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. The league’s leading kickoff returner added another 227 return yards to his season total.

The rookie also registered 13 carries for 100 yards, his first 100-yard rushing game as an NFL player. Coming into today’s game, he had 111 yards rushing for the season.

The Giants are in first place in the NFC East at 8-6, just one game ahead of the surging Washington Redskins, who defeated Baltimore in overtime today to improve to 7-6.

According to ELIAS, Wilson is the first player in NFL history to have 200+ return yards and 100 yards rushing in a single game.

The rest of the NFL is now on notice as the defending Super Bowl champs unveiled a new offensive weapon today. His name is David Wilson.

(Photos by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Four Virginia Tech Hokies from last year’s team have made the 53-man rosters for NFL teams and are ready to make their professional debuts.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

In less than three months, Wilson and his irresistibly likable personality have endeared him instantly to the fickle New York Giant faithful.

On May 30, the rookie threw out the first pitch at the New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies. Turns out, Wilson is a southpaw with power, though he lacks accuracy or control. His pitch sailed wide right of the catcher and garnered a few good-natured boos from the fans.

Less than three weeks after being drafted, Wilson reported to rookie minicamp and it didn’t take long for the coaching staff to heap praise on the ACC Player of the Year.

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the more research I do on this guy the more excited I am to see him play.

Our loss is your gain.

Three Hokies selected in 2012 NFL Draft; undrafted players expect to sign

On the first day of the 2012 NFL Draft, the defending Super Bowl champs, the New York Giants, made Virginia Tech running back David Wilson the first Hokie taken in the opening round since Duane Brown in 2008.

On the final day of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Hokies wide receiver (and sometimes punter) Danny Coale with the 17th pick in the fifth round, making Coale the first Tech wide receiver drafted since 2008 when Eddie Royal, Justin Harper and Josh Morgan were all chosen.

Coale joined teammates Wilson and cornerback Jayron Hosley as the only three Virginia Tech players drafted. Hosley was taken in the third round by the Giants and will play alongside Wilson. All three Tech draftees went to NFC East teams.

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Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley was selected by the New York Giants in the third round of the NFL draft Friday night. He was the 94th overall pick.

Hosley, who reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Combine in February, wasn’t hurt much by the failed drug test. He was…

The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants selected Virginia Tech’s David Wilson in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft!

The Giants, by virtue of winning the Super Bowl, had the last pick and Wilson didn’t think they’d select him. But the Giants had Wilson rated as the No. 2 RB on their draft board, second only to Alabama’s Trent Richardson who was the No. 3 overall pick. So, with Jacobs gone, the Giants needed a running back and Wilson got the call.

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