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With 76 days left until the Hokies kickoff their season against Georgia Tech, we turn our attention to #76 on the roster Mr. David Wang. Wang has been injury prone since arriving here in Blacksburg. During his redshirt year, Wang suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery to fix. Then last season, Wang suffered a foot injury against ECU that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Hopefully, those injury troubles are behind him as the Ashburn, Virginia native is expected to be the Hokies starter at left guard this fall.
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Weight: 286 lbs
Position: Left Guard
High School: Stone Bridge High School
How Did He Get Here?
Much like his older brother Ed, David was the first commitment in the 2009 recruiting class. He committed on September 1st, 2007, which was the first day juniors could officially receive scholarship offers.
2011 Season Rewind
According to Coach Newsome, it takes a special offensive lineman to play before his 3rd year in the program. On queue, Wang came into his own as a redshirt sophomore last year and was expected to be one primary backup at both guard positions until he suffered a broken foot against ECU. The good news is that since Wang missed time with an injury during his redshirt year and last year, he would qualify for a 6th year of eligibility. So, while he’s listed as a redshirt junior, you might as well think of him as a redshirt sophomore if he wants to stay that extra year.
With four starting offensive linemen gone from a year ago, it’s going to be up to guys like Wang, Nick Becton, Brent Benedict, and Vinston Painter to gel quickly to help keep Logan Thomas healthy and upright in 2012. Wang had a solid spring practice with only a few mistakes during the Hokies two open scrimmages. Still, I fully expect Wang to become one of our more consistent offensive linemen this year. Coach Newsome raved about his ability back before the spring practice session started and his play did nothing to dispel that notion.
However, the question still remains on whether or not he can stay healthy for an entire season. If Wang goes down with an injury, the Hokies do not have a clear backup at left guard. Matt Arkema and Michael Via would be two players our coaches could turn to in that situation but Via has his own injury issues and Arkema is just a redshirt sophomore. It’s imperative that Wang stay healthy this fall for our offense to reach it’s max potential.
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