56 HOKieS teams ... Had 38 tackles, including 12.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks, along with 20 quarterback hurries on the season ... Had two tackles and a sack against Appalachian State ... Registered three tackles, a QB hurry and a sack for nine lost yards at ECU ... Picked up two hurries in the win over Arkansas State ... Earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors after posting seven tackles, three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three QB hurries in the win at Marshall ... Picked up 1.5 TFL, three total tackles, and three hurries against Clemson ... Was injured early in the Miami game and was limited to only six defensive snaps ... Missed the Wake Forest game due to injury ... Started the BC game but re-injured his ankle on the first series ... Returned for Duke and picked up six tackles, including half a tackle for loss on 62 snaps ... Added two hurries ... Racked up 1.5 sacks and six total tackles at Georgia Tech ... Added two tackles and two hurries against UNC ... Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the second time on the season after posting five solo tackles, three tackles for 18 lost yards and two sacks to go along with three hurries at Virginia ... Had a hurry in the ACC Championship Game against Clemson … Had four tackles and two quarterback hurries in the Sugar Bowl against Michigan … Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in the spring testing … Turned in a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump to go with a 400-pound bench press and a 4.44 second clocking in the 40. 2010: Picked up two starts while playing in all 14 games … Posted 13 total tackles, including 6.5 behind the line and four sacks … Added 12 QB hurries … Played briefly at end in the Boise and JMU games … Started the ECU game for injured starter Chris Drager … Had three tackles behind the line, including a sack, against Boston College … Picked up a QB hurry in limited action at NC State … Posted a sack, another tackle behind the line, two QB hurries and three tackles during 45 plays against Central Michigan … Picked up a tackle in brief action against Georgia Tech … Started at UNC and collected two sacks and six total tackles … Played just 10 snaps at Miami, but had two QB hurries … Picked up 12 plays in the ACC title game against FSU … Won the Excalibur Award during the off-season, the 2012 Virginia Tech fooTball James Gayle highest honor in the Hokies’ strength and conditioning program … Had a 420-pound bench press, a 420-pound front squat, a 366-pound clean and a 341-pound jerk … Also posted a 38-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.45 in the 40 … Had one or more tackles behind the line in each of Tech’s five spring scrimmages, including at least one sack in four of the five … Had six sacks for the spring with one coming in the Maroon-White game … Won the George Preas Award as the defensive MVP of the spring. 2009: Redshirted while practicing at the stud end position … Benched 375 pounds during off-season testing and posted a 36-inch vertical jump, tops among the ends … Clocked at 4.58 in the 40 … Contributed a pair of sacks during the first Saturday scrimmage of the spring … Added another sack in the final scrimmage … Collected three tackles, including a sack during the Maroon-White game … Earned the Paul Torgersen Award as the top defensive newcomer of the spring. High School: An all-star player for Coach Jeff Nelson … Listed as the No. 26 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Rated the No. 25 strongside defensive end in the nation and the No. 22 player in the state by Rivals … Ranked the No. 27 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep … A member of SuperPrep’s Mid-Atlantic Team … Named to PrepStar’s All- Atlantic Region Team as a defensive lineman … A second-team member of The Daily Press Football All-Stars team … A second-team All-Peninsula District member as a defensive end … Registered 96 tackles (60 solo) and 12 sacks as a defensive end his senior season … Tallied 56 solo tackles and 10 sacks as a junior. Personal: James Rashaan Gayle … Born 2/15/91 in Los Angeles, CA … Son of James and Michelle Gayle … Enrolled in sociology. Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks 2010 14 3 13 16 6.5- 23 4- 18 2011 13 22 16 38 12.5- 54 7- 44 Career 27 25 29 54 19.0- 77 11- 62 48 george george tIGht eND • 6-4 • 264 • r-sr. salem, va. • salem h.s. Will be the Hokies’ second tight end in their two tight end sets … His experience and knowledge gives the team a lot of flexibility in those sets … Has earned his way onto the field with hard work … Is benefiting from his work in the weight room … Also an important contributor on special teams. 2011: Played in all 13 games ... Played 91 snaps on offense and 131 on special teams ... Saw action on 15 special teams plays and 15 offensive plays against Appalachian State ... Was in on three offensive snaps and eight special teams plays at ECU ... Caught his first career pass, a 37-yarder in the win over Arkansas State ... Worked 21 offensive snaps with two knockdown blocks at Marshall ... Played eight offensive snaps at tight end against Clemson ... Picked up an assist on eight special teams plays while also seeing brief action at tight end in the win over Miami ... Worked 19 plays at tight end and 13 more on special teams at Wake Forest ... Played four snaps at tight end while working 11 on special teams against BC ... Was in for 10 total plays at Duke, including nine on special teams ... Worked seven special teams snaps at Georgia Tech to along with three on offense ... Tallied nine total plays and a knockdown against UNC ... Played for a total of 14 plays, including 11 on special teams at Virginia ... Contributed for eight plays on special teams against Clemson in the ACC Championship Game … Has the top performance for the tight ends in three of the four major lifts during spring testing.
George George 2010: Saw his first action of the season at NC State with four plays on special teams … Worked four plays at tight end against Wake Forest and two in the Duke game … Improved on three of the four major lifts during offseason strength and conditioning tests … Continued to work at TE during spring drills. 2009: Was a tight end on the scout team … His 450-pound back squat was tops among the tight ends during off-season workouts. 2008: Joined the team as a walk-on … Practiced at tight end … Helped out on the scout team. High School: A tight end and defensive end for Coach Stephen Magenbauer at Salem High … Had 13 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown his senior season … Added 80 tackles and seven sacks on defense … First-team all district and all-region and a second-team all-state pick … Had a gamewinning TD catch in a playoff game against William Fleming his junior year … Helped team to district titles all four seasons and a state championship in 2005 … Also played basketball. Personal: George D. George, III … Born 8/1/90 in Salem, VA … Son of George, Jr. and Becky George … His father was a Tech football player under Coach Jimmy Sharpe … Graduated with a degree in finance. 63 laurence gibSon offeNsIve GuarD • 6-6 • 312 • r-so. sIerra vIsta, arIz. • BueNa h.s./harGrave A young talent who finds himself in the mix for the starting right guard duties heading into August … Brings a lot of length to the position … Has the tools to be a real factor … Had played very little football, and only sparingly on offense, before joining the Hokies … Bounced between tackle and guard during his early days at Tech … Has worked to get better … His summer preparation will be important … Will have an opportunity to earn playing time when practice resumes. 2011: Saw his first career action on the offensive line against Boston College, playing five snaps at guard with a knockdown … Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in the spring testing … Posted a 415-pound bench press and a 450-pound front squat … His 346-pound clean was tops among the O-linemen. 2010: Redshirted during the fall while continuing to work at right tackle … Had a 435-pound front squat during off-season workouts … Switch inside to guard for spring practice … Continued to work on the right side. 2009: Entered school in January … Went through winter workouts … Posted a 375-pound bench press … Spent the majority of spring practice at right tackle. Prep School: Attended Hargrave Military Academy during the fall … Played along the offensive line for Coach Robert Prunty … Was listed the No. 2 prep school prospect in the country by Rivals. High School: Played just two seasons at Buena High as an offensive lineman and defensive end … Played for a different coach each year, including Kent Holland his senior season when he led the team in tackles four games from his defensive end position … Also posted 14 pancake blocks in a game that year … Had over 100 tackles to go with 27 sacks and 12 forced fumbles during his two seasons. Personal: Laurence DeSean Gibson … Born 3/19/91 at Fort Bragg, NC … Son of Michelle Nash … Enrolled in sociology. 70 Jake goinS offeNsIve tackle • 6-5 • 291 • r-fr. mIDlothIaN, va. • maNchester h.s. Is being looked to for depth at the right tackle position … Is still learning the system but has some natural ability … Coaches like his toughness and growth potential … Must continue working to get bigger, faster and stronger over the summer. 2011: Worked at tackle while redshirting … Helped out on the scout team … Went through the off-season program and continued his work at tackle during spring practice. High School: An All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar … A first-team 2012 Virginia Tech fooTball 57 HOKieS