Former Hokie David Wilson hasn’t had much of an opportunity to do anything this season, stuck in Giants coach Tom Coughlin‘s doghouse after a fumble in Week 1. But the first-round pick had the game of his brief NFL career against the Saints on Sunday.
Wilson had 227 kick return yards, 100 rushing yards and three touchdowns in New York’s 52-27 win against New Orleans. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first player in NFL history to have more than 200 kick return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game. The 327 all-purpose yards was a franchise record.
The rookie, who has found a niche on kick returns, started his day with a 58-yard return on the opening kickoff. He followed it up with a 97-yard return for a touchdown, then added a 52-yard return, all in the first half.
With Ahmad Bradshaw sidelined for part of the game with a foot injury, Wilson had a role in the running game too. He had a tough 6-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, stretching the ball over the goal line. In the fourth quarter, he capped off his day with a 52-yard touchdown run, his third score of the day.
Coming into the game, he had only 111 rushing yards on 28 carries with one touchdown.
From the New York Times story:
“Now that it’s on tape, we’re going to expect that from him every game,” defensive end Justin Tuck said, presumably jokingly. He added, “I don’t know what took him so long.”
Check out the highlights here. He followed each score with his trademark backflip, but they weren’t shown on the clip.