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August 8, 2008

Taylor, Younger lead way in testing

By: Jimmy Robertson

As expected, defensive tackle Demetrius Taylor and fullback Kenny Younger paced the football team’s testing in the strength and conditioning program in late July, with Younger earning Excalibur Award honors – the top honor in the strength and conditioning program – for the third time. In all, 11 players earned Super Iron Hokie honors, with 25 others earning honors as well.

Taylor, a 6-foot, 256-pound redshirt junior, led the team in three categories – the bench press (430 pounds), the power clean (390) and the push jerk (400). Also, his 460-pound front squat was a position record for a defensive tackle.

Younger, a 5-11, 230-pound junior walk-on from Richmond, recorded a team-best 485-pound front squat – also a position record for a fullback – and ran the 10-yard sprint in a team-best tying 1.59 seconds. Younger also finished second in the bench press (425 pounds) and push jerk (380), and tied for third in the power clean (341).

Another walk-on, Ron Cooper, a 5-10, 189-pound redshirt sophomore from Richmond, led the way in the vertical jump, recording a leap of 41.5 inches. That number marks a new position record for a free safety.

Three other position records fell. Zach Luckett set a receivers record in the front squat with a lift of 405 pounds, while walk-on Dylan McGreevy set a whips record with a 420-pound lift. Kam Chancellor set a safeties record in the bench press with a 375-pound lift.

Here’s a look at the top five in each test:

Bench press Front squat
D. Taylor (430)  Younger (485)
Younger (425) Boone (470)
Friday (410) D. Taylor (460)
Graves (410) Perez (450)
Render (410)  DeChristopher (450)

Power clean Push jerk
D. Taylor (390) D. Taylor (400)
Marshman (370) Younger (380)
Muncey (341) Wang (370)
Younger (341) Rivers (370)
Br. Warren (341)

Perez (360)

 Vertical jump (inches) 10-yard sprint (seconds)
 Cooper (41.5)  Younger (1.59)
 Terry (40)  Grimm (1.59)
 Sturdivant (39.5)  Coale (1.61)
 T. Taylor (38)   Muncey (1.61)
 Garner (36.5)  Harris (1.63)

Williams the fastest freshman

Lorenzo Williams, a 6-2, 195-pound cornerback from Fayetteville, N.C., recorded the fastest times among the freshmen after Mike Gentry’s strength and conditioning staff tested the entire group in four categories – the bench press, the 40, the vertical jump and the 10-yard sprint.

Williams ran the 40 in 4.43 seconds and the 10-yard sprint in 1.63 seconds. Dyrell Roberts, a 6-2, 183-pound receiver from Windsor, Va., finished second in both categories.

Jake Johnson, a 6-2, 239-pound linebacker, recorded the highest bench press at 410 pounds, while Marcus Davis, a 6-4, 222-pound receiver, led everyone in the vertical jump with a leap of 38 inches.

Here’s a look at the top five in each category:

Bench press 40-yard dash (seconds)
Jake Johnson (410) Lorenzo Williams (4.43)
Vinston Painter (410) Dyrell Roberts (4.45)
Dwight Tucker (340) Ryan Williams (4.48)
Joe Jones (330) Marcus Davis (4.51)
George George (330) Eddie Whitley (4.59)


Vertical jump (inches) 10-yard sprint (seconds)
Marcus Davis (38) Lorenzo Williams (1.63)
Lorenzo Williams (35) Dyrell Roberts (1.65)
Ryan Williams (35) Marcus Davis (1.65)
Jarrett Boykin (35) Ryan Williams (1.71)
Dyrell Roberts (34) Jarrett Boykin (1.71)


Football roster shake-up

Four offensive linemen are no longer with the Tech program, with one of them transferring and one giving up the sport while still sticking with the program as a graduate assistant.

Brandon Holland, a 6-4, 325-pound native of Roanoke, Va., transferred to UNC Pembroke just a couple of weeks ago. Holland, a rising junior, played just 63 snaps from scrimmage last season and 57 on special teams.

Eric Davis, Matt Welsh and Clark Crum all have given up football. Davis, a back-up guard on last year’s team who did not play a snap, graduated and continues to work in the athletics department while pursuing a master’s degree. Welsh graduated as well and gave up the sport after playing 196 snaps last season. Crum, a redshirt freshman a year ago, did not play a snap and gave up football because of personal reasons.

Also, on another roster note, three members of Tech’s 31-member 2008 recruiting class will be enrolling in January of 2009. The three include Ben Barber, a 5-10, 190-pound athlete from Alexandria, Va.; Eric Martin, a 6-2, 240-pound tight end from Woodbridge, Va.; and Leon Mackey, a 6-4, 275-pound defensive end from Wilmington, Del., by way of Hargrave. Two others – running back Tony Gregory from Virginia Beach, Va., and D.J. Coles, a receiver from Goochland, Va. – are going to prep school, while another, Derrick McCoy from Amherst, Va., is going to junior college. Peter Rose, also from Amherst, was released from his scholarship following an off-field matter.