No Letup For Wilson

<I>Quincy Wilson receives the ball in the Gold-Blue game and circles the left end of the Mountaineer offensive line. As he heads upfield, a defender blocks his way.</I>

For many backs in this situation, a quick hop to the sideline and a skip out of bounds would be in order. After all, it's a meaningless spring game. Quincy has the starting job locked up, and he's only going to get six carries before being pulled. Add in the fact that Wilson suffered a devastating knee injury in a spring game a few seasons ago, and no one at all would blame him for avoiding contact, right?

Except, perhaps, himself.

"I don't have any thought of running out of bounds," Wilson said after the game. "Our coach teaches us never to run out of bounds. I'd rather get the extra yard than get yelled at in film study."

Understand, however, that it's not just the coaches' wish that propels Wilson to initiate contact. He loves to deliver a blow to defenders, especially in the open field.

"That's my favorite part," WIlson said with a grin as he recalled the play in question. "Usually they [the defense] are grabbing at you before you have a chance to get started, so when I had the chance to get up some speed, that's my thing. I'll lower my shoulder and get a little "one up" on somebody.

Wilson has gotten plenty of "one ups" this spring, as he's plowed over a number of would-be tacklers during scrimmage sessions. Saturday's knockdown was just a likely precursor to what's in store for opposing safeties and linebackers this year.

Of course, Wilson won't be shouldering the load alone, although he'd like to. He realizes that West Virginia's talented group of superbacks means he won't be carrying the ball thrity times per game.

"I like to compete, but with so many backs it will be hard to stay out there. I'll take every carry I can get, though."

West Virginia is again in the enviable position of being able to wear down opposing defenses with waves of running backs. There's even the possibility of a a big two back set comprised of Wilson and juco transfer Kevin "KayJay" Harris in the backfield at the same time.

With all those possibilities, however, WVU didn't show much during the spring game in terms of formations or plays. Wilson said the Mountaineers called "maybe four runs" during the contest.

The coaching staff also kept Wilson under wraps, allowing him just six carries and two pass receptions.

"I wanted to play a little bit more, because I had a lot of people come down to watch me play," Wilson said of his last Gold-Blue game. "I think I had a pretty good spring, though."

And no matter how few touches Wilson had, it was impossible to keep him under wraps when he got his hands on the ball.

As Wilson nears the sideline, he squares his shoulders upfield. His eyes light up as he sees the defender, and he lowers his shoulder while keeping his legs churning. Wilson bowls the defender over and keeps going upfield for additional yardage. Spring game? Conference rivalry? It doesn't matter. This is Quincy's chance to shine, and he's making the most of every opportunity.

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