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Brent Bowden heading into rSr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite 2007: Punted well in the opener with four of his six kicks downed inside the 20 Had a long of 52 yards and averaged 42.3 Finished 2007 with an average of 42.5 Tied a school season mark with 88 punts and broke the season record for yards with 3,742 Had 28 total punts inside the 20 2006: Dressed for every game, but did not play Served as the backup to senior punter Nic Schmitt Also served as the back-up holder on kicks 2005: Redshirted.
Hroniss Grasu heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Bears' six picks: Round 3/71 - Hroniss Grasu, C, 6-3, 297, Oregon...Although he can play guard in a pinch, he's viewed as competition for Will Montgomery for the starting center position and long term the future leader of the offensive line. A four-year starter, he played on the same line with Bears guard Kyle Long. Many Oregon offensive linemen have gone on to succeed out of their offensive system, and Grasu looks to be next. He had to make fast adjustments on the line prior to snaps in the no-huddle offense, so he's brains as much as brawn. The Bears like his quickness and ability to help after the snap or to get out and lead on a screen. "The standout traits for this guy is his quickness and his balance," Pace said. "He's excellent at the second level. He's quick on reach blocks. His makeup is outstanding. When you talk about work ethic, team captain, leadership, all those traits that we stress around here, he brings those to the table." - The Sports Xchange
Kyle Fuller heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 1/14 -- Kyle Fuller, CB, 6-0, 192, Virginia Tech...Graded by the Bears as the top cornerback in the draft, he was tabbed as an eventual replacement for Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings while being an understudy this year as a nickel corner and special teams contributor. Fuller played "inverted safety" and nickel besides playing cornerback at Virginia Tech. The drafting of Fuller, who can line up as a slot defensive back, came after some close analysis of offenses the Bears face regularly in the NFC North.
"Look at our division, we've got to line up against three (wide receivers) so much during the season - that's 11 personnel - it's a lot of what we see," coach Marc Trestman said. "We've got some tremendous offensive players throughout this division. "Certainly Kyle gives us the versatility because he can play inside and outside and cover so much of the types of players we're seeing; the big player, the long player, now the (Eric) Ebrons of the World and certainly the three-wide receiver sets we see throughout the division."
*Ryan Williams heading into rSo season: 2010: Back to 100 percent after missing over four games with a hamstring injury Played in nine games, rushing for 473 yards and nine touchdowns Also had a touchdown receiving Named third-team All-America in 2009 by Sporting News Rushed for a school-record 1,655 yards setting an ACC freshman mark last year...2009: Moved into the starting tailback role after Darren Evans was injured during preseason workouts Started every game, playing nearly 600 offensive snaps Averaged 5.6 yards per carry with 1,655 yards on 293 carries Also had 16 pass receptions for 180 yards Finished with 21 rushing TDs and 22 overall 2008: Was considered for playing time during the preseason but ended up redshirting Improved on three of the four major lifts during off-season workouts Took a screen pass 56 yards for a TD during the Maroon-White game Finished with 10 carries for 85 yards and two pass receptions for 66 yards Was one of two winners of the Torgersen Award for the top newcomers of the spring.
*David Wilson heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Giants picks: Round 1/32 -- David Wilson, RB, 5-9, 206, Virginia Tech...Will look to supercharge a rushing offense that last year finished last in the league with an 89.2 yards per game average. - The Sports Xchange
Tank Carradine heading into Sr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 2/40 -- Cornellius (Tank) Carradine, DL, 6-4, 276, Florida State...In drafting Tank Carradine, general manager Trent Baalke set the tone for the rest of the draft. The team needed to address its pass rush and due to its abundance of picks and few gaps, they were willing to draft players with injury problems. Carradine should be able to work into sub packages in his rookie year. - The Sports Xchange
Kam Chancellor heading into Sr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite 2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; 27 Sol-52 TT, 0.5 TFL, 2 INT, 5 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF; Earned Super Iron Hokie honors during off-season testing Received the Presidents Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership during the off-season program and spring workouts. 2007: 14 GP; 14 GS; 42 Sol-79 TT, 1 TFL, 0.5 SK, 1 INT, 7 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; Earned the starting job at rover Played over 850 downs on defense Also saw action on the kick block teams Received the President's Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership during the off-season and spring programs. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 3 Sol-9 TT, 1 INT, 2 PBU; Worked at quarterback before moving to cornerback prior to the season opener. Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in the weight room.
*Jason Worilds heading into rJr season: 2008: Played in 13 games, starting 12 His 640 plays included 61 on special teams Fourth on the team in tackles with 62 His 21 quarterback hurries led the team as did his TFL and sack totals Forced two fumbles and blocked a kick 2007: Contributed a pair of quarterback hurries in the opening game against East Carolina Was in on three tackles at LSU Played 10 downs against Ohio before suffering a high ankle sprain Missed the William & Mary game Played 25 downs against UNC, posting four tackles Posted a sack and three QB hurries at Clemson Made two tackles for loss in the Duke game Had a tackle and a hurry in the Boston College game 2006: 2006: Was seeing a lot of action on defense and special teams before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery early on Was granted a medical redshirt Played in two games, recording four tackles Recovered a blocked punt and returned it 7 yards at North Carolina Was limited during spring max testing, but turned in a 505-pound back squat and posted the best vertical jump among the ends at 35 1/2 inches Returned to contact work in the spring Had three tackles, two for loss, in the first scrimmage.
Kyshoen Jarrett heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Redskins' 10 picks: Round 6/181 -- Kyshoen Jarrett, S, 5-10, 200, Virginia Tech...A versatile three-year starter who loves playing special teams, Jarrett was the Hokies' top punt return man in 2012 and 2013. With their mother working full-time, Jarrett and his brothers helped care for their brother Daishawn, a legally blind triplegic with cerebral palsy who struggles cognitively and uses a wheelchair. - The Sports Xchange
Tyrod Taylor heading into Sr season: 2010: 2010 ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR...Also named the offensive player of the year and the first-team quarterback Won the Dudley Award, given to the states top Division I football player The leader of the Tech offense Has thrown for 2,521 yards and 23 touchdowns with just four interceptions on 172-of-284 passing Has also rushed for 637 yards and five scores 2009: Started every game, completing 136 of 243 passes for 2,311 yards, 13 TDs and just five interceptions Also had 370 yards rushing on 106 carries Was a Super Iron Hokie during off-season testing Earned 100% Effort Awards for four of the teams six pre-spring 6 a.m. workouts Completed 15 of 25 passes during spring scrimmages for 287 yards, three TDs and no interceptions Won the George Preas award as the offensive MVP of the spring Also earned the Presidents Award as the offensive player who demonstrated the most outstanding leadership during the off-season program and spring workouts...2008: Opened the season as a redshirt but saw the decision reversed Played nearly 600 snaps over 12 games Completed 99 of 173 passes for 1,036 yards, two TDs and seven interceptions Rushed 147 times for 738 yards and seven TDs 2007: Entered the season No. 2 at quarterback Was called on to play late in the first half at LSU Led the Hokies on their only touchdown drive of the game, scoring on a 1-yard run Rushed for 44 yards on nine carries and completed 7 of 18 passes for 62 yards Was named the Hokies starting quarterback the following Monday Played in 11 games, with five starts Was second on the team in rushing with 429 yards and six TDs on 102 carries Completed 72 of 134 passes for 927 yards and five touchdowns, while being intercepted three times.
Andre Smith heading into rSr season: 2009: Played 344 snaps at tight end during the 12 regular season games His 198 special team plays were the second-most on the team Started on the extra point and field goal team, the extra point and field goal block team, the punt team and the kickoff return unit Caught three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown Led the tight ends with 21 knockdown blocks 2008: Played more than 640 total plays over 14 games, including over 400 at tight end and 228 on special teams His special team total was the third highest on the team Played on the extra point/field goal, extra point/field goal block, kickoff return and punt teams Had a career-best three catches for 32 yards to open the season against East Carolina Underwent shoulder surgery following the season and sat out off-season workouts and spring practice...2007: Saw his first action at LSU with five offensive snaps Had six catches for 87 yards on the season Led all receivers with three receptions during the Maroon-White game, good for 24 yards...2006: Redshirted.
Logan Thomas heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 4/120 - Logan Thomas, QB, 6-6, 250, Virginia Tech...The major surprise of the Cardinals draft. Just the day before, coach Bruce Arians said no quarterback remaining was better than the three on the team's roster. Thomas is a project who won't play for at least a year or two. He had trouble with accuracy in college. - The Sports Xchange
Cody Grimm heading into rSr season: 2008: 14 GP; 1 GS; 45 Sol-71 TT, 14 TFL, 7.5 SK, 2 INT, 1 PBU, 3 QBH, 2 FF; His 7.5 sacks tied for second on the squad Also tied for fifth on the team in QB hurries with seven Served as the personal protector on the punt team and started on three special team units Earned Iron Hokie honors during the off-season program Earned the Moseley Award for hustle during off-season workouts and spring practice. 2007: 14 GP; 1 GS; 16 Sol-27 TT, 1 PBU; Started on special teams units, played at least 10 snaps at whip linebacker (starting once) in several games. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 5 Sol-10 TT; A starter on three different special team units. 2005: Redshirted while working on the scout team as a whip linebacker. Personal: Father was a member of the Washington Redskins, earning Pro Bowl honors in four consecutive seasons.
*Jayron Hosley heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Giants picks: Round 3/94 - Jayron Hosely, CB, 5-10, 178, Virginia Tech...Smallish ball hawker who will likely play in the nickel, and make a strong push for the punt returner job. - The Sports Xchange
Ed Wang heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite 2008: Started every game at left tackle, seeing action on over 960 snaps Earned the Team United Award as the offensive player who put the team first during spring practice. 2007: Suffered a broken fibula during the preseason and underwent surgery Returned to practice in late September Started several games at left tackle. 2006: Played tight end throughout the season Practiced at tackle following an injury to Brandon Frye Practiced solely at tackle in the spring. 2005: Worked at tight end during a redshirt year his first season. Personal: Son of Robert and Nancy Wang both were members of the Chinese Olympic team in the 1970's.
Vinston Painter heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 6/173 -- Vinston Painter, OT, 6-6, 309, Virginia Tech...Painter only started one season for the Hokies, but the Broncos were enamored with his strong Combine workout, in which he finished among the top five offensive linemen in the bench press, vertical jump and 40-yard dash. Painter is a converted defensive lineman who will likely back up at right tackle. He could also get a look as a reserve guard. - The Sports Xchange
Eddie Whitley heading into Sr season: 2010: Started 13 games, including 10 at free safety Was third on the team in tackles with 80 Intercepted two passes and broke up six Forced a pair of fumbles Contributed seven tackles and forced a fumble during the Boise State game Missed the Duke game with a foot injury Posted a team-leading nine tackles to go with two pass breakups and a TFL during the ACC title game win over Florida State. 2009: Played in 13 games, with one start Finished with 18 total tackles to go with two pass breakups Started and played every defensive down in the Nebraska game, compiled eight tackles, including one for a loss Earned the Frank O. Moseley Award as the defensive player who exhibited the most hustle during the off-season and spring workouts. 2008: Played in 14 games, spending some time at cornerback and safety, but the majority of his action came on special teams Made eight tackles during the season, including two special team tackles at Miami.
Laurence Gibson heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Cowboys' eight picks: Round 7/243 - Laurence Gibson, T, 6-6, 305, Virginia Tech...Another big body, athletic offensive lineman who can be groomed for the future. Has good feet but needs more strength. The Cowboys love his potential. - The Sports Xchange
Jaymes Brooks heading into rSr season: 2010: Started all 14 games at right guard Graded 88 percent in the Georgia Tech game Turned in a season-high nine knockdowns during the ACC Championship game against Florida State. 2009: Started at right guard in every game Also started on the extra point and field goal units Contributed a personal-best six knockdown blocks against Miami. 2008: Played in three games, started at right guard against Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl when senior Nick Marshman was ruled ineligible. 2007: Redshirted. Personal: Born in Zweibrucken, Germany.
Antone Exum heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 6/182 - Antone Exum, DB, 6-0, 213, Virginia Tech...After trading down twice from 148 and 168, the Vikings took a thickly-muscled cornerback who might transition to safety because of his 4.59 speed. The Vikings need more competition at strong safety and dime back. Exum does come in as an injury concern. He tore an ACL in a pickup basketball game in January of 2013. He returned in October and played three games before injuring an ankle and missing the rest of the season. - The Sports Xchange
Corey Fuller heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 6/171 - Corey Fuller, WR, 6-2, 204, Virginia Tech...The Lions consider Fuller, brother of former Titans safety Vinny Fuller, a developmental receiver with a big upside. They love his size and his 4.4 speed. He's only played two seasons of football (he ran track at Kansas for two years), but caught 43 passes for 815 yards in eight games last season. - The Sports Xchange
Brett Warren heading into rSr season: 2007: 14 GP; 4 GS; 23 Sol-43 TT, 5.5 TFL, 3.5 SK, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 4 QBH, 1 FR...2006: 3 GP; 0 GS; 4 Sol-10 TT; Played in three games before sustaining a foot injury that kept him out the rest of the season ... Was granted a medical redshirt ... Had 10 tackles before he was injured ... Returned to action in the spring ...2005: 13 GP; 0 GS; 2 Sol-14 TT, 1 TFL; Contributed at mike linebacker and on special teams ... Had a total of 14 tackles, including one behind the line ... 2004: 12 GP; 0 GS; 3 Sol-7 TT; Played in 12 games, registering seven tackles ... Played 72 snaps on special teams ... Saw his first collegiate action in the opener against USC, playing four snaps on special teams ... 2003: Entered school in January ... Posted a 500-pound back squat during off-season testing ... Collected a pair of tackles during the 2004 Maroon-White game... His father, Don, played 14 seasons with the Washington Redskins ... Brother of former Hokie linebacker Blake Warren.
Davon Morgan heading into Sr season: 2009: Played in every game with 47 total tackles, including 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks Started on the punt return and kickoff teams Earned Super Iron Hokie honors during off-season testing 2008: Won the starting rover job during the preseason Suffered a knee injury on a kickoff return at Nebraska and missed the last nine games of the season Was limited during off-season workouts Returned for spring practice 2007: Made the dress squad as a true freshman Earned the No. 2 spot at safety, but his first action came on special teams Was in on nine special team plays in the ACC title game versus BC Finished the season with 11 tackles.
Orion Martin heading into rSr season: 2007: 14 GP; 14 GS; 30 Sol-58 TT, 10.5 TFL, 6.5 SK, 5 PBU, 9 QBH, 3 FF...2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 9 Sol-29 TT, 1.5 TFL, 1 SK, 12 QBH; Contributed 29 tackles on the season, including 1.5 sacks... Earned the George Preas Award, presented to the most valuable defensive player of the spring...2005: 13 GP; 0 GS; 11 Sol-23 TT, 1.5 TFL, 0.5 SK, 3 PBU, 7 QBH; Played in all 13 games ... His 152 plays on special teams ranked second-highest on the team during the regular season ... Had a total of 23 tackles, seven quarterback hurries and three passes broken up... 2004: Joined the team as a walk-on for spring practice ... Had a game-high seven tackles, including 3.5 for a loss and two sacks in the Maroon-White game ... Given the Paul Torgersen Award, awarded to the top newcomer, following spring practice...Posted a 350-pound bench, a 550-pound back squat and a 34-inch vertical jump in spring testing...2003: Attended Norfolk State for 2004 spring semester. Played defensive end for Coach Robert Prunty at Hargrave for one semester...Brother, Cam, is a redshirt sophomore on the Tech football squad ...Uncle, Bobby Martin, played for Tech from 1986-1989.
John Graves heading into rSr season: 2010: A second-team All-ACC selection at the defensive tackle spot Entered the season as the only returning starter along the defensive line Started all 13 games this year, recording 35 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and half a sack 2009: Started eight games Had over 300 plays under his belt, but was not able to play full speed until the bowl game Had just 12 tackles but managed to hurry the quarterback 10 times Won the Presidents Award for outstanding leadership by a defensive player during off-season workouts and spring practice Also named the defensive MVP of the spring...2008: A starter on the extra point/field goal block team, as well as at tackle Compiled 26 tackles, four for losses, and hurried the quarterback 11 times during the season 2007: Saw his first collegiate action with 12 defensive plays and two more on special teams Was in on a pair of tackles 2006: Redshirted.
Beau Warren heading into rSr season: 2009: Went the distance at center against Alabama and collected a pair of knockdown blocks Helped clear the way for 444 yards rushing yards against Marshall Worked every snap against Nebraska and Miami with two knockdown blocks in each game Also went the distance in the Duke game Had a pair of knockdowns against BC and picked up two more at Georgia Tech Played 42 snaps with two knockdowns before leaving the UNC game with a knee injury Sat out the ECU and Maryland games Was cleared for the NC State game, but was held out of action Returned to the starting lineup for the Virginia game and played 60 snaps with four knockdown blocks Started in the Chick-fil-A Bowl game against Tennessee 2008: Played a total of 44 snaps Won the Frank O. Moseley Award as the offensive player who showed the most hustle during the off-season and spring practice...2007: Made the dress squad as the No. 2 center 2006: Practiced at tight end while redshirting. Brother of former Hokies Brett and Blake Warren Father, Don, played 14 years in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.
Sergio Render heading into Sr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite 2008: Second team All-ACC, starting 13 games at right guard and the Orange Bowl at left guard Underwent shoulder surgery following the Orange Bowl Did not participate in off-season workouts or spring practice. 2007: Started at right guard Posted nine knockdown blocks in the opening game against ECU Played 57 snaps at LSU Worked 72 offensive snaps against Ohio Had six knockdowns versus William & Mary Sat out the first quarter of the UNC game Ended up playing 39 snaps against the Tar Heels Was in for all 55 plays at Clemson Posted five knockdowns in the Duke game Picked up seven more knockdowns and graded 85 percent in the BC game Added six knockdowns at Georgia Tech and eight against Florida State Graded 90 percent with three knockdowns against Miami Picked up four more knockdowns in the win at Virginia Earned a grade of 87 percent and collected eight knockdowns in the win over BC in the ACC title game His 380-pound jerk during the off-season was the second-best on the team. 2006: Earned the starting right guard job during the preseason Named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance at Wake Forest, posting six knockdowns and a season-high grade of 90 percent Ended the regular season with a pair of knockdowns against Virginia that pushed his total to a team-leading 37 Got the start in the bowl game against Georgia in his home state Played 663 plays on offense during the regular season Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following the season Saw only limited work during off-season and spring workouts. 2005: Render qualified to play in NCAA rules for 2005 season but did not score well enough on Georgia's high school exam. Did not enroll until spring semester.
Danny Coale heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 5/152 - Danny Coale, WR, 6-0, 220, Virginia Tech...A hard worker who appeared in 55 career games, including 54 starts in college. He is a good route runner with above average hands. He can play on the outside and in the slot. - The Sports Xchange
Darren Evans heading into rJr season: 2010: Led the team in rushing yards and touchdowns as the Hokies won the ACC title. He ran for 854 yards and 11 touchdowns, starting nine games. For his career, he rushed for 2,119 yards and 22 touchdowns. His yardage total is the 16th-most in school history...2009: Suffered a non-contact knee injury during preseason practice on Aug. 11 Underwent surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee on Aug. 14 Missed the entire season Participated in most of winter strength and conditioning workouts 2008: Played in every game, starting nine His 287 carries were the second-highest season total for a Tech player Gained 1,265 yards and scored 11 touchdowns Also had 17 pass receptions for 117 yards 2007: Redshirted.
Steven Friday heading into rSr season: DOB: 8/9/1986...Will be a 25 year-old NFL rookie...2009: Played in all but one game His 11 total tackles included 3.5 sacks Also had seven hurries and two pass break ups Won the Dr. Richard Bullock Award as the most improved defensive player during spring workouts...2008: Played 79 downs on defense, collecting six tackles Was in on a tackle during Techs first scrimmage work of the spring, but missed the bulk of the workouts with an elbow injury...2007: Saw his first collegiate action with four defensive plays against Ohio Was in on two tackles and had two hurries while playing 29 defensive downs against William & Mary Had three hurries during the three games he played in 2006: Redshirted.
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