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And then?

“Everyone was real excited,” Dwight Wilson said. “His momma was overexcited.”

Wilson, a junior, rushed for 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns on 290 carries last year as Virginia Tech’s workhorse. He was the third running back selected Thursday, behind Alabama’s Trent Richardson (third to the Cleveland Browns) and Boise State’s Doug Martin (31st to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

Wilson became the ninth Hokie to be selected in the first round, a fact he said he wasn’t aware of before Friday.

“That’s a nice stat because there’s been a lot of great players to come through Virginia Tech,” he said.

Now, the personable Wilson is taking his outgoing personality to the Big Apple. And Friday, he said he’s relishing the chance to be in the spotlight.

“Ain’t no stage bigger than New York,” Wilson said.

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