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March 15, 2013

FURFARI COLUMN: Wilson loves his WVU football job

MORGANTOWN — Quincy Wilson couldn’t be happier than he is in his job as assistant director of West Virginia University’s football operations.

The Weirton native was an outstanding running back for WVU in 1999-2001-2002-2003. He was honored as a team captain his senior season.

Wilson, who now lives in the Morgantown area, was appointed to his present position June 1, 2012.

“Oh yeah, I enjoyed playing football here,” he said. “It was an experience that helped prepare me for what I’m doing now.

“I love it! You have contact with the players and the coaches and the strength staff about every day. So I know everything about the football program. It’s pretty much like what I did as a player.”

Before being recruited by WVU, Wilson was a two-year All-State star at Weir High School in Weirton. During his career there, he rushed for about 6,100 yards and scored 92 touchdowns.

Those were school records which since have been broken.

Statistically, as a Mountaineer, Wilson amassed a net 2,608 yards and scored 21 touchdowns in 44 games. His longest rush per year: 33 as a freshman, 60 as a sophomore, 73 as a junior, and 46 as a senior.

He also caught 25 passes for 147 yards and one score. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound running back returned kickoffs, too.

Wilson, currently in a tie with nine others in all-time single-game scoring for the No. 7 spot, tallied his 24 points against old rival Pitt. That came on Nov. 15, 2003 and the Mountaineers won in a 52-51 nail-biter here.

More significantly, Wilson ranks No. 6 all-time in most rushing yards in one season. He had 1,380 as a senior in 2003 on 282 carries.

Those attempts also rank as the third most all-time in a single year.

It was a game at No. 2-ranked Miami on Oct. 2, 2003, that fans witnessed a feat that they never will forget. Neither will Quincy Wilson!

He broke tackles and leaped over a Miami defender to score a late go-ahead touchdown.

“It was a 33-yard pass and run in the fourth quarter and the Miami guy was Brandon Meriweather,” Wilson recalled.

“We lost the game (22-20), so the thrill didn’t last very long.”

He also remembers a favorite game in which he played well against Virginia Tech in his junior season. The Mountaineers won by 21-18 at Blacksburg, Va.

 “I gained 125 yards and scored a touchdown,” he said. “I ran 42 yards for the score in the third quarter.”

Wilson appeared in two bowl games. One was in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., and the other was the Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte, N.C. The Mountaineers lost both post season contests.

He also played a short time in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Wilson has a young son named Trenton Wilson.

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