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All-VT Defense, ACC Era
by Chris Coleman,

Virginia Tech has played five seasons in the ACC, and their three ACC Championships are evidence that they've had a lot of good players. For the next two weeks, we'll take a look the All-VT team over the ACC era. All players from 2004 through 2008 are eligible, and this week we'll start with the defense.


All-VT Defense, ACC Era
Pos. Player Year

Jason Worilds


Jim Davis


Carlton Powell


Chris Ellis


Vince Hall


Xavier Adibi


Cody Grimm


Brandon Flowers


Vincent Fuller


Aaron Rouse


Jimmy Williams


Let's start up front, where football games are won and lost. It's tough to not have guys like Darryl Tapp and Jonathan Lewis on this list, but the Hokies have had a number of very good defensive linemen since joining the ACC.

VT Car MatsJason Worilds is arguably the best defensive end in the ACC. As a sophomore in 2008, he had 18.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks, despite playing with just one healthy shoulder all season. Worilds is poised to have a huge junior season in 2009.

On the other end is Chris Ellis, Tech's First Team All-ACC defensive end in 2007. Ellis had nine tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, but he also had 37 quarterback hurries. He was constantly in the backfield making life miserable for opposing quarterbacks. He went on to be a third round pick of the Buffalo Bills.

On the inside, Jim Davis makes the list at tackle for his impressive 2004 season. He made 12 tackles for loss from his defensive tackle position. He came up with a huge sack against UNC quarterback Darian Durant, and who can forget the passes he batted down in Miami's final drive in the game that clinched Tech's first ACC Championship? Davis was also one of the team leaders of the 2004 Hokies, who reversed a three-year slide in Hokie football and served notice that Tech was going to be a force in their new conference.

Carlton Powell gets the nod for the other defensive tackle spot. Powell is perhaps the most underrated defensive tackle of the Beamer Bowl Era. He had 7.5 tackles for loss in 2007, and was unblockable by most ACC offensive linemen. He was a fifth round pick of the Denver Broncos.

Vince Hall makes the list at mike linebacker for his junior season in 2006. Hall had 128 tackles that year, including 10.5 tackles for loss. Arguably the best linebacker in the ACC that season, he anchored a defense that finished #1 in total defense.

Xavier Adibi is included at the backer position for his impressive senior season in 2007. In 2007, Adibi led the team with 115 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and three sacks. He is the most athletic inside linebacker the Hokies have ever had. He came up with huge plays throughout the 2007 season, and he is now a starting linebacker for the Houston Texans.

There have been more physically gifted whip linebackers than Cody Grimm, but none can match him for production. Despite starting just one game in 2008, Grimm finished with 71 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He was a playmaker all year for the Hokies, and he is perhaps the best blitzing whip the Hokies have ever had.

There are plenty of players to pick from in Tech's secondary. Brandon Flowers is the best cornerback the Hokies have ever had. He was a lockdown corner in 2006 and 2007, but we'll give him the nod for his 2007 season. Flowers finished that year with 86 tackles and eight tackles for loss. He also had five interceptions, and he broke up nine more passes. He now starts for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The other cornerback spot goes to Jimmy Williams for his 2004 season. In 2004, Williams was arguably the best defensive player on Tech's team. Playing the boundary corner position, he was outstanding against the run. He made huge plays against UVA in 2004, stopping a run by quarterback Marques Hagans near the goal line, and saving a touchdown on a long run by Alvin Pearman. He also had five interceptions and broke up 14 passes.

Vincent Fuller had a great 2004 season as Tech's free safety. He had three interceptions, but he was much more important than his stats indicated. Fuller was the leader of the secondary, and his speed allowed him to get from sideline to sideline. He currently plays for the Tennessee Titans.

Finally, Aaron Rouse gets the nod at rover for his 2005 season. He finished with 77 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss. Rouse also led the team with four interceptions. He was equally effective against the run and pass. Rouse now plays for the Green Bay Packers, where he has starting experience in the secondary. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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VT Recruiting DeMatha G Jerian Grant
June 26, 2009
6-4, 180-pound Jerian Grant claims five scholarship offers, including Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Providence, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) standout rising senior, son of former Oklahoma and NBA standout Harvey Grant, is looking to sign in November but at this point does not have a favorite.

Friday Q&A: June 26, 2009
June 26, 2009
If you aren't perusing the message boards over the summer, then you missed an excellent thread from earlier in the week in which Raleigh Hokie and Hokie Phil gave a great lesson on the Virginia Tech offense. We've converted that thread into a Friday Q&A, and it's worth a read if you want to become more familiar with Tech's offensive philosophies and game plans.

State of the Program, Part Six: Final Thoughts
June 25, 2009
Today is the final part of our State of the Program series. It contains a quick review of what we've covered over the past five weeks, some enlightening information on how some folks in the basketball business view the Virginia Tech job, and also some random thoughts on the program.

Is Top DT Hailes Nearing a Decision?
June 25, 2009
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) standout defensive tackle prospect Evan Hailes may be getting close to a college decision, but there is also a chance the 6-1, 300-pound rising senior holds off on a commitment in order to take official visits, Tigers head coach Rich Morgan told this afternoon.

Midlothian Standout Set to Visit Tech
June 24, 2009
Midlothian (VA) offensive lineman Matt Arkema recently visited East Carolina and Maryland and will next visit Virginia Tech. The 6-3 1/2, 290-pound rising senior will be in Blacksburg on June 29th and looks forward to the experience. "I'm really excited to spend more time with the coaches," he said. "I'm excited to spend time with them, see the campus and hang out."

Catching Up With Chris Shreve
June 24, 2009
Stories like those of Chris Shreve come up fairly often in sports, and it is pretty much guaranteed that the subject will be called "an overnight success" in at least one recap.

Trio Headlines Dinwiddie's 2011 Class
June 24, 2009
Dinwiddie High School (VA) made the Group AAA, Division 5 state championship game last season, but in 2009 head coach Billy Mills will have to replace a senior class that included seven college recruits including quarterback Adam Morgan (VMI), wide receiver Sam Haskins (Troy) and linebacker Bradley Johnson (Maryland). Coach Mills has some talent to play with, though, including three rising junior recruits. The rising junior class is led by talented defensive tackle Corey Marshall, a 6-2, 260-pound prospect that has already garnered two verbal scholarship offers.

A Look Ahead to Alabama: The Secondary
June 23, 2009
Compared to their defensive front seven, the Alabama secondary is the weak link of the Crimson Tide defense. They are still a good secondary, but overall it's easier to attack Alabama through the air than on the ground.

Lake Taylor's Rowson Earns First Offer
June 23, 2009
Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA) rising senior Mario Rowson is on the board in terms of Division 1A scholarship offers. The 6-3, 185-pound cornerback/wide receiver scored an offer from an ACC program yesterday and is hoping for more as the summer continues.

Hokies Quietly Filling Out Future Football Schedules
June 23, 2009
A reader emailed us Monday to let us know that had updated their future football schedules page with new information for the 2013-2015 seasons. That sent us on a mission to check out the changes, and it turns out that perusing the future schedules page reveals new opponents, dates added to some future games, and a marked decrease in instances of future opponents being labeled as "TBD."

PF Barksdale One of State's Top Rising Juniors
June 22, 2009
Only twelve rising juniors were selected to participate in last week's NBAPA Top 100 Camp. One of the two state of Virginia rising juniors included George Washington (Danville, VA) standout C.J. Barksdale, a 6-7, 195-pound forward who is one of the Commonwealth's top prospects in the 2011 class.
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