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When perusing the 1995 media guide the other day, some interesting things caught my eye. Lane Stadium really looked weird with no stands to speak of in either end zone, hair styles were awful in the mid-90s, and I had no idea that Tech used to play soccer in what is now the football practice field. All that aside, the one thing that caught my eye was the size, or the lack thereof, of the Tech players in 1995. Known for their physical play in 1995, it was hard for me to believe that the Hokies were that small. When comparing the size of the starting lineups in 1995 to that of 2004, some interesting things stand out.
First of all, let’s start at defensive end. Both Hank Coleman and Cornell Brown stood 6’2” and weighed 240 in 1995. Tech’s starting defensive ends in 2004, Noland Burchette and Darryl Tapp, are 6’2” 251 and 6’1” 265 respectively. So on average, the 2004 defensive ends have 18 pounds on the 1995 group.
At defensive tackle, Jim Baron measured out at 6’4” 260. His counterpart in 2004 is Jim Davis, who is listed at 6’4 265 on Hokiesports.com. In the spring however, Davis reported in at 276 pounds, and he looks a little bigger than that 265 measurement this fall, so who knows what his exact weight is. Either way, he is a smallish defensive tackle who is doing a great job in using his quickness to make plays. The other defensive tackle in 1995 was All-American J.C. Price. Price measured out at 6’3” 280 in 1995, making him the biggest starter along the defensive front for Tech. Jonathon Lewis, the other starter in 2004, stands 6’1” 289. So while he only weighs 9 pounds more than Price, he is also 2 inches shorter.
Thus, the average weight among the starting defensive linemen at Tech in 1995 was 255. Amazing. The average weight of the 2004 group is 267.5 if you count Jim Davis at 265. That average goes up to 270.25 if you count him at 276.
At whip linebacker in 2004, Brandon Semones was listed at 6’0” 204, and that was probably being a little generous. His counterpart in 2004, James Anderson, is 6’3” 224. That’s a big difference.
In 1995, backer Myron Newsome started for the Hokies at 5’10” 205. Tech’s 2004 starter at backer, Mical Baaqee, measures in at 5’10” 224. That is smallish by todays standards, but it sure does dwarf Newsome in the weight department. Starting at mike linebacker in 1995 was George DelRicco, who stood 6’1” and weighed 230. His counterpart in 2004 is Vince Hall, who is listed at 6’0” 240. Overall there isn’t too much of a difference at the mike position, as there are plenty of 6’1” 230 linebackers today.
The big difference in the size of the two defensive units is the secondary. Example number one is cornerback Larry Green. Green was listed at 5’7” 167. How many cornerbacks today weigh less than 170, much less stand 5’7”? In today’s game with the Larry Fitzgeralds of the college football world, he would get eaten alive. But with the way the game was played in 1995, Green was a good player. The other corner in 1995 was Antonio Banks, who measured 5’10” 190, which is typical cornerback size today. At cornerback in 2004, Tech started Eric Green and Jimmy Williams, who measure in at 6’0” 198 and 6’3” 219, respectively. The amazing part is that Jimmy Williams is bigger than two of Tech’s starting linebackers in 1995, and is only 11 pounds lighter than the third. Wow.
William Yarborough was known as a safety that would come up and pop you, but you wouldn’t know it from his size. Yarborough stood 6’0” and weighed 166. His counterpart in 2004 is Vinnie Fuller, who measures 6’1” 187, which is a little on the light side for today’s standards. The 1995 and 2004 teams stack up about evenly at rover, with Torrian Gray listed at 6’0” 200 and James Griffin listed at 6’1” 193.
Offensively, the biggest difference between 1995 and 2004 was the offensive line. From left to right, the 1995 offensive line: Jay Hagood, 6’4” 299; Chris Malone, 6’3” 270; Billy Conaty, 6’3” 291; Todd Washington, 6’3” 300; Mike Bianchin, 6’4” 286. That’s an average weight of 289.2. Another player who played a lot on the offensive line was right guard Gennaro DiNapoli. DiNapoli is in the NFL today, but in 1995 he was listed at 6’3” 258.
The 2004 offensive line, from left to right: Jimmy Martin, 6’5” 299; Reggie Butler, 6’6” 344; Will Montgomery, 6’3” 300; James Miller, 6’6” 312; Jon Dunn, 6’7” 331. That’s an average weight of 317.2. What a huge difference a decade makes.
Another position of interest is wide receiver. Starters in 1995 were Jermaine Holmes and Bryan Still. Holmes stood 6’1” 177 and Still measured in at 6’0” 170. 2004 starters Eddie Royal and Josh Hyman are listed at 5’10” 172 and 5’11” 188, respectively. That doesn’t seem like that big of a difference, but when you throw in the height differential, and realize that Royal is only a true freshman and will weigh more than Holmes and Still before he leaves Tech, it is. Backup receivers Josh Morgan and Justin Harper are 6’1” 209 and 6’3” 203, respectively. And they are both true freshmen as well, whereas Holmes and Still were seniors in 1995.
The main reason for all of these differences is the emphasis put on weigh lifting at the high school level. More and more high schools are starting up weight programs, and more and more players are participating. Most recruits come in as true freshmen bigger than the starters for the Hokies in 1995. It just serves as an example of how the game has changed. It will be interesting to see the changes that take place over the next decade when we look back on the 2004 Virginia Tech football team.
UNC BUS TRIP....
The Tidewater Hokie Club will be hosting a bus trip this fall to the VT vs UNC football game on Saturday Nov 6th.
Cost for the trip is $50 per person, which includes round trip transportation, cups, ice and sodas. Game tickets are not included!
Space on the bus is LIMITED and subject to SELL OUT so make your reservations early.
The only way to ensure your place on the bus is to make your Reservation Payment online using your credit card or print out a Reservation Form from our website and mail it along with your check made out to Tidewater Hokie Club to: Tidewater Hokie Club - 260 Bridgeview Circle - Chesapeake VA 23322
The buses will leave from the Park and Ride at Greenbrier Mall and return to Tidewater immediately following the games.
For more info, contact: Hunter DeJarnette - 482-4087 (H) or 382-6644(W)
We reserve the right to cancel the trips if sufficient reservations are not received in time to secure a full bus. No refunds will be given unless the trip is canceled.
See the following link for all the details on the UNC bus trip:
The Tidewater Hokie Club is sponsoring a raffle for one 15-inch Bronze Hokie Bird Sculpture. This is a genuine bronze replica of the 10-foot Hokie Bird that stands in Cassell Coliseum and will eventually make its home in expanded Lane Stadium. It is mounted on an onyx and walnut base and weighs in at almost 20 pounds.
Tickets are just $5 each with all the proceeds going to the Hokie Club.
Drawing will be held at a date to be announced.
If you would like to purchase some raffle tickets just drop your check in the mail made out to the Tidewater Hokie Club with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to:
Tidewater Hokie Club (HBR)
or you can purchase your raffle tickets online on our website at http://tidewaterhokieclub.exis.net/hokiebirdraffle.htm using your credit card.
Your raffle ticket numbers will be e-mailed to you upon receipt of payment. At this time this raffle is only being offered online!
All proceeds from both of this raffle will go towards the Tidewater Hokie Club's $40,000 pledge towards the Expansion of Lane Stadium!
Thanks in advance for helping support the Tidewater Hokie Club.
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TechSideline.com Recruiting Report Archive, 9/29/04 (Audio)
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