David Wilson, a member of the 2009 U.S. Under-19 National Team, set a New York Giants record with 327 all-purpose yards Sunday during a 55-24 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Wilson, the MVP of the 2009 IFAF World Championship in which Team USA won a gold medal, rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 97 yards for a TD. He also had kick returns of 58 and 52 yards, becoming the first player in NFL history with at least 200 yards in kickoff returns and 100 yards rushing in the same game.
His 97-yard return for a score was the Giants’ first kickoff return touchdown since 2007, a span of 76 games.
“The kickoff return for a touchdown was really exciting and really a spark for the team, so I think I enjoyed that one more,” Wilson told the media after the game. “But anytime I’m in the end zone, you celebrate with the team, and you can see how happy we are.”
The 2012 first-round pick finished with 227 kickoff return yards on four tries – the third-highest single-game total in Giants history. His 56.8-yard average is the best ever for a single game by a Giant.
Wilson is averaging 27.5 yards on 48 kickoff returns this season. His return average and his 1,321 kick return yards also are a team records.
Wilson’s 100 yards rushing nearly doubled his season total. He had 111 yards on the ground coming into Sunday.
“I didn’t have the greatest start for a rookie, and rookies have little room for error,” Wilson said. “I was put in a position where I had to gain the coaches’ trust again. I stuck with it and kept working and working at meetings and working on the field and trying to regain the trust. I knew eventually my opportunity would come again. I did those things so I would be prepared when the opportunity did approach.”