Jimmy Martin, So. (6-5 291)
Martin started half the season last year as a true freshman. He worked hard
in the offseason and put on 20 pounds. He's played very well in practice
thus far. He's going to be a very good lineman for Virginia Tech. The
question is, how soon? Bryan Randall and Marcus Vick hope the answer is
this year, because Martin will be protecting their blind side.
Reggie Butler, So. (6-6 345)
Butler is a huge, imposing offensive tackle. He played a little bit in 2002
as a true freshman. He must continue to get stronger in the weight room, as
well as develop quicker feet in pass protection. He'll be counted on to
provide depth in 2003.
Tripp Carroll, Fr. (6-4 306)
Carroll was one of the highest recruited offensive linemen in the nation
this past year. He enrolled at Tech in January and participated in Spring
practice. However, a leg injury has sidelined him since preseason practice
began. Depending on his recovery time, he could see time this season for
the Hokies. If not, a redshirt will be in order. Nevertheless, Carroll has
the potential to be a future star.
Jacob Gibson, r-Sr. (6-3 299)
Gibson is a solid player for the Hokies up front. A very good run blocker,
Gibson is a candidate for All-Big East awards this season. He and Jake
Grove will be the leaders of the offensive line.
Will Montgomery, r-So. (6-3 300)
Montgomery is yet another walk on who has done well in the Tech football
program. He does well in the weight room and will be a solid backup to
Jacob Gibson in 2003. After that he will assume the starting role.
Danny McGrath, So. (6-2 300)
McGrath played center last season and probably should have taken a redshirt.
He's another young offensive lineman that has the potential to have a bright
future at Virginia Tech. He'll provide quality depth in 2003.
Jake Grove, r-Sr. (6-3 300)
I like to call Jake Grove the most underrated player in college football.
Until this year, he's never been mentioned for All-American honors. He's
never even been a member of the All-Big East team! That will change this
year, as Grove is possibly the best lineman in the conference, and maybe the
best center in the country. He's got a future in the NFL, but first he's
got a few more defensive lineman to pancake on the college level.
Robert Ramsey, r-Jr. (6-3 307)
Ramsey improved tremendously this past spring. He won't get a lot of
playing time behind Jake Grove, but he's a quality player himself. He and
Bryan Randall have got to get their timing down on snaps, as that has been a
problem in the preseason.
Jim Miller, Jr. (6-5 300)
If Jim Miller can step up and play well in 2003, then the Hokies shouldn't
have a problem running the ball up the middle. Tech already has a good left
guard and an outstanding center. If Miller proves to be a good player, then
its going to take a heck of a good interior defense to stop the Hokies
ground game. Hopefully he'll rise to the challenge. It's Miller time.
Jason Murphy, r-So. (6-2 298)
Murphy played defensive tackle last season, and was moved to offensive guard
before spring practice. He's handled the adjustment very well and the
coaches seem to think he's got a bright future along the offensive line.
Unfortunately, Murphy has an injured ankle and is on crutches. When he
returns to full strength, he'll be a valuable player on the offensive line.
Brandon Gore, r-Fr. (6-5 332)
Gore was a highly recruited player that signed in 2002 with the Hokies. He
took a redshirt year last year, and could possibly contribute this season.
He must continue to work hard in the weight room. He's a guy that just
needs some experience.
Jon Dunn, r-Jr. (6-7 335)
A mammoth of a man, Jon Dunn has established himself as a good run blocker
on the offensive line for the Hokies. However his pass protection has been
less than stellar, and that lead to him being benched in favor of Jimmy
Martin mid way through 2002. Dunn has improved, but how much? We'll find
Chris Pannell, r-So. (6-3 279)
This will be Pannell's first season as an offensive lineman. Last season he
played defensive tackle for the Hokies. He hasn't made the transition as
well as Jason Murphy, but he's doing alright. Another year in the weight
room and adding some pounds will help him.