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32 STaff Cornell brown

32 STaff Cornell brown outSide linebackerS and aSSiStant defenSiVe endS coach the coach BroWN fIle PERSONAL Born: 3/15/75, Englewood, N.J. Hometown: Lynchburg, Va. EDUCATION High School: E.C. Glass High School College: Virginia Tech (1997) Postgraduate: Virginia Tech (2007) PLAYING EXPERIENCE Virginia Tech (1993-96) Baltimore Ravens (1997-2004) COACHING EXPERIENCE 2005 Cologne [NFL-E] (linebackers) 2006-07 Frankfurt [NFL-E] (defensive line) 2006-07 Virginia Tech (graduate assistant) 2008-10 Calgary [CFL] (defensive line) 2011- Virginia Tech (outside linebackers) BOWL/PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE Player 1993 Independence (Virginia Tech vs. Indiana) 1994 Gator (Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee) 1995 Sugar (Virginia Tech vs. Texas) 1996 Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Nebraska) 2000 Super Bowl XXXV (Baltimore vs. NYG) 2001 NFL Playoffs (AFC semifnals) 2003 NFL Playoffs (AFC semifinals) Coach 2006 NFL-Europe World Bowl champions 2007 NFL-Europe World Bowl 2008 CFL Grey Cup champions 2009 CFL Playoffs (conference semifinals) 2010 CFL Playoffs (conference semifinals) 2011 Sugar (Virginia Tech vs. Michigan) 2012 Virginia Tech fooTball Former Virginia Tech All-American and Tech Sports Hall of Fame member Cornell Brown is in his second season on the Hokies’ coaching staff, working with the outside linebackers and helping out with the defensive ends. The Lynchburg, Va., native joined the coaching ranks in 2005 as a coaching assistant working with linebackers for the Cologne Centurions in the NFL-Europe League. Brown became a full time defensive line coach for the Frankfurt Galaxy the following year and helped the team to back-to-back World Bowl appearances, winning the league title in 2006. While coaching the defensive line, he helped develop free-agent tackle Remi Ayodele of the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. NFL-Europe’s schedule allowed Brown to also work as a graduate assistant coach at Virginia Tech during the Hokies’ 2006 and 2007 seasons. He helped develop defensive units that led the nation in total defense and scoring defense in ’06 and were ranked third and fourth, respectively, in those categories in 2007. He had a helping hand in developing draft choices Chris Ellis, Carlton Powell and Jason Worilds. Brown attended Virginia Tech and played defensive end from 1993 through 1996, helping the Hokies to a bowl game each season. Brown became the first Virginia Tech football player to gain consensus All-America honors as a junior when he was named to five first teams in 1995. Brown was a first-team A-A pick by AP, UPI, the Football Writers Association, The Sporting News and Football News. He finished the year with 103 total tackles, including a BIG EAST-leading 14 sacks. He was selected National Defensive Player of the Year by Football News and was one of five finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year. In 1996, Brown missed three games, but still earned first-team honors from Walter Camp and secondteam recognition from AP. He posted eight sacks, five other tackles behind the line, 19 quarterback hurries and 58 total tackles during the ‘96 season. Brown had his Tech jersey retired on Nov. 20, 2002, during the West Virginia game. A sixth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens, Brown played seven seasons in the NFL and was a member of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV championship team.

torrian gray defenSiVe Secondary coach the coach GraY fIle PERSONAL Born: 3/18/74, Lakeland, Fla. Hometown: Lakeland, Fla. Wife: former Elena Fullman Children: Tori EDUCATION High School: Kathleen High School College: Virginia Tech (1996) PLAYING EXPERIENCE Virginia Tech (1992-96) Minnesota Vikings (1997-1999) COACHING EXPERIENCE 2000-02 Maine (defensive backs) 2002-04 Connecticut (defensive backs) 2004-05 Chicago Bears (assistant defensive backs) 2006- Virginia Tech (defensive secondary) BOWL/PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE Player 1993 Independence (Virginia Tech vs. Indiana) 1994 Gator (Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee) 1995 Sugar (Virginia Tech vs. Texas) 1996 Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Nebraska) Coach 2001 Division I-AA Playoffs (Maine, quarterfinals) 2006 Chick-fil-A (Virginia Tech vs. Georgia) 2007 Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Kansas) 2008 Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati) 2009 Chick-fil-A (Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee) 2010 Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Stanford) 2011 Sugar (Virginia Tech vs. Michigan) Former Virginia Tech defensive standout and NFL product Torrian Gray, who is in his seventh season as the Hokies’ defensive secondary coach, has made a big impact on Tech’s defense. Last year, all four members of his secondary made the All-ACC squad. That secondary helped Tech finish 14th in the country in pass efficiency defense and tied for 18th nationally in passes intercepted. Corner Kyle Fuller led the team with 14.5 tackles for loss and the secondary combined for 10 of Tech’s 16 picks. In 2010, the defense – led by first-team All- American Jayron Hosley – finished tied for second in the country in passes intercepted. Hosley led the nation with nine picks and combined with Rashad Carmichael for 13 total interceptions, the most in the nation for a cornerback combo. Carmichael went on to be drafted by the Houston Texans in 2011 and Hosley was taken by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2012 Draft. His 2009 group finished 11th in the country in pass defense and eighth in pass efficiency defense and was led by eventual NFL draft pick Kam Chancellor. In 2008, led by All-American Victor Harris, Gray’s secondary was ranked among the nation’s leaders in pass defense (129.1 ypg) and interceptions (20). In 2007, Gray oversaw a pass efficiency defense ranked fifth in the country, led by three All-ACC performers in Harris, Brandon Flowers and D.J. Parker. Flowers thrived under Gray, earning All-America honors for the second time, including first-team honors en route to becoming a secondround pick in the NFL Draft. In 2006, Gray led a secondary that ranked as the nation’s No. 1 pass defense and the No. 2 team in pass efficiency defense. Prior to coming to Blacksburg, Gray spent the previous two seasons as assistant defensive backs coach with the NFL’s Chicago Bears. During the 2005 season, the Bears ranked fifth in the NFL in passing defense and finished tied for second in interceptions (24) as defensive backs Nathan Vasher and Mike Brown were both elected to the Pro Bowl. Gray began his coaching career at the University of Maine, serving as defensive backs coach for two seasons (2000-01). Gray spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as defensive backs coach at the University of Connecticut. During his playing career at Virginia Tech (1992-96), Gray helped the Hokies to four consecutive bowls for the first time in school history. He played on 97 percent of the Hokies’ defensive plays over his last three seasons, starting at rover in 1994 and ’95, and handling the starting free safety duties in 1996. Gray was named All-BIG EAST all three seasons and helped Tech to conference championships his last two years. He shared the team lead in interceptions in both 1993 and 1994 and was named the Hokies’ Outstanding Defensive Back in 1996. Gray earned a bachelor’s degree in consumer studies from Tech. He was drafted in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft (49th overall) by the Minnesota Vikings. He started five games as a rookie, including two playoff contests. He contributed as a starter in the nickel package and as a special teams player before retiring in the spring of 2000 due to a knee injury. The Vikings advanced to the playoffs in each of his three seasons. A native of Lakeland, Fla., Gray is married to the former Elena Fullman. He has a daughter, Tori, who is 14. 2012 Virginia Tech fooTball 33 STaff

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