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What will our TE Corps look like next year?  

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  1. 1. What will our TE Corps look like next year?

    • Keep the TE's we have now. They're fine!
    • Draft Winslow
    • Pick up a Free Agent

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The Hogs will be back. I think they may make Freidman a te or the LT who filled in for Samuels in short yardage running situations. Everyone keeps thinking about the TE position and the way Gibbs used to use it a lineman can play TE.

I wonder what Hannifin is up to? It would be nice to see Joe bring him in as a consultant during training camp to help Bugel whip them guys into shape.;)

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I think the line was built for run blocking and under Steve they had to pass block more and it did not work. I think the line will be great next year, especailly with Bugel practicing with them from start to finish.

The Center spot is a concern but I don't think it was that bad. Steve never had his TEs and RB blocking on pass plays and when they did they sucked. How many times did you see Cartwright just miss his protection or get there late?

Also what would you think of Bryan Johnson switched to TE? He played there and at linebacker in college. He was also an all-state TE in High School. I think it would free up the FB position for Sellers and Rock.

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We have alot of talent on our current O-Line. The problem is that for the past few years they have had no help and no direction. Gibbs and Bugel will cut down on the stupid penalities we had this year on the line. I think this will be the most improved unit on the team next season with tight ends running a close race. (KW2)

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With center being a concern, well one of a few concerns for next season, I'd love to see us draft Jake Grove. I know it's not gonna happen with the #5 pick, but I think he'd be a great fit for Bugel to work with. That, & he's from my neck of the woods. ;)


Senior center one of 12 up for award

A great leader who really sets the pace for the rest of the offensive line ... Rated the No. 1 center in the Division I-A ranks by The Sporting News ... A relentless warrior on the field ... Has everything you want a center to have ... Is tough, physical, aggressive and possesses the intangibles needed to play the game at the highest level ... Started all 14 games at center last season and graded out at over 90 percent for the year ... Reached the Winners' Circle every game ... Tech's strongest player with a 490-pound bench press ... Has good athletic ability to go with his strength ... Knows the Tech system and plays with great leverage ... Saw action on 565 snaps while starting 10 games at right guard in 2002 ... Played the last eight games of the 2001 season, including the Gator Bowl, with a broken hand ... Still managed to lead the team in knockdown blocks with 48 ... Averaged 25 plays a game at center as a redshirt freshman in 2000 despite having trouble with his back ... Will anchor the Hokies' offense this season ...

2003: Named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America ... Was a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award ... Has played 637 offensive snaps, grading out at 90.9 percent ... Has 43 knockdown blocks, tops on the team ... Played 70 snaps on offense against UCF, grading out at 86 percent ... Had three knockdown blocks ... Was in for 55 offensive snaps against James Madison, grading out at 90 percent with three knockdown blocks ... Played 60 snaps against Texas A&M, grading out at 92 percent with four knockdown blocks ... Played 35 snaps against UConn, grading out at 94 percent with three knockdown blocks ... Was in for 65 snaps at Rutgers, grading out at 92 percent with three knockdown blocks ... Played 51 snaps against Syracuse, grading out at a team-high 96 percent with three knockdowns ... Added long snapping to his resume, snapping for all six PATs and three field goals ... Was in for 55 snaps against West Virginia, grading out at 89 percent with five knockdown blocks ... Played 52 snaps against No. 2 Miami, grading out at 88 percent with three knockdowns ... Was in for 61 snaps at Pittsburgh, grading out at 93 percent with a season-high six knockdown blocks ... Also handled the four PAT snaps ... Played 67 snaps on offense at Temple, grading out at 84 percent with six more knockdown blocks ... Again handled the PAT and field goal snapping duties ... Was in for 66 snaps on offense against Boston College, grading out at 93 percent with four knockdown blocks ...

2001: Played in all 11 regular-season games, averaging 51 offensive snaps per game ... Graded out at 84.9 percent for the year with a team-high 48 knockdown blocks ... Recorded a team-high 10 knockdowns on 37 snaps in the opener against UConn ... Graded out at 86 percent with four knockdowns at Rutgers ... Did not start against West Virginia due to a broken hand, but played 20 snaps ... Came back to get the start at right guard against Boston College ... Saw action on 68 snaps and graded out at 92 percent in that game ... Saw action on all 68 offensive snaps against Syracuse ... Played 53 offensive snaps and had six knockdowns at Pittsburgh ... Graded out at 93 percent with a team-high three knockdown blocks at Virginia ... Graded 85 percent against No. 1 Miami on 48 plays with four knockdown blocks ... Switched back to center during the spring ... Earned the George Preas Award as the most valuable offensive performer during the spring ...

2000: Saw action in every game ... Worked a season-high 46 snaps against Temple and played 35 downs in the Miami game ... Earned a winning grade in seven of the 11 regular season games ... Also played against Clemson in the Gator Bowl ... Moved from center to guard during the spring ... Finished spring workouts as the starter at right guard ...

1999: Made the most of a redshirt year, adding strength and gaining familiarity with the center position ... Set a position record with a 376-pound power clean during spring testing ... Tied for the team's top push jerk at 375 pounds ... Bench pressed 420 pounds during the fall ... Made a big push for the center duties during spring practice ...

1998: Enrolled at Tech in January ... Made an immediate impact in the weight room ... Bench pressed 380 pounds during spring testing ... Set a record for the best power clean by a Tech center with a lift of 360 pounds ... Also set a position mark in the vertical jump at 32.5 ... Made a strong challenge for the starting center duties during spring practice ...

High School: Lettered two years as a center and defensive tackle for Coach Bob Christmas at Jefferson Forest High ... Played his senior year at guard and defensive tackle for Coach Ed Landis ... A postseason first-team All-America pick by PrepStar ... Rated the No. 20 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Named the Region III and Seminole District defensive player of the year in 1997 ... Was an all-district and all-region pick on both offense and defense ... Picked first-team all-state as a defensive tackle by both the coaches and AP ... Helped the team to the state Group AA championship game in '97 ... Registered 48 solo tackles and 53 assists for the season ... Added nine sacks and three fumble recoveries ... Had three sacks, caused two fumbles and made 13 tackles in a game against Appomattox ... Grew two inches and added 40 pounds between his junior and senior seasons ...

Personal: Charles Jacob Grove ... Born 1/22/80 in Johnson City, TN ... Son of Chuck and Ruth Grove ... His dad is a Tech graduate ... Enrolled in residential property management.

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I agree with everyone who say the players we have are already good enough, just needing direction (and a center).

Bugel is used to devising schemes to stop Lawrence Taylor, Mike Singletary, Reggie White, Ronny Lott, etc. etc. etc.

I don't think it will take long to bring the talents we have to the fore. As noted in this thread, they're run blockers, and good ones. Gibbs and Bugel will adjust to the players they have.

Remember, even though the Hogs were the mainstay of their earlier reign, the Hogs themselves were interchageable. They could shift guys in and out of the line for injuries and whatnot, and always scheme to what the current line could do.


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I dont know if I agree with Bryan Johnson moving to TE.

I like him where he is. I think he will flourish in the Gibbs Scheme.

I also forgot about Robert Royal... Could be a good one with the proper coaching. We all can agree that there wasn't much good coaching going on last year...

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