October 3, 2007
A new face to dress Saturday
The Notebook
Come Saturday, an unfamiliar name and number will be on the sidelines for Tech’s game at Clemson. Meet Matt Tuttle, who’s gone from obscurity to now dressing for a crucial ACC contest. He will be wearing No. 63 and will be backing up Bart McMillin as the long snapper.

For the first five games, true freshman Collin Carroll dressed and backed McMillin. As the Hokies enter the second half of the season, the coaching staff definitely wants to redshirt Carroll. This is where Tuttle enters the picture.

Don’t bother looking for him in the media guide – he’s not there. And he just got his bio put up on the hokiesports.com roster yesterday, but never had a headshot taken.

You see Tuttle is a walk-on who just officially joined the team about three weeks ago. He had been hanging around practice in hopes of catching head coach Frank Beamer’s eye as a long snapper. He practiced this past spring, but his chance to play in the Spring Game was erased when the scrimmage was cancelled.

He wasn’t on the 105-man or 120-man rosters in preseason, but finally got the call when a spot opened. Even then, it was a long shot for him ever to dress out for a home game, let alone a road contest. But through hard work, he’s earned the trust of Beamer and will be there Saturday night on the sidelines of Clemson Memorial for a nationally televised game on ESPN.

So who is Matt Tuttle? He’s a redshirt sophomore from Chesapeake, Va., who attended Nansemond Suffolk Academy, a private school in Suffolk. He played football, baseball and basketball, as well as threw the shot put and discus, at his school. He earned first-team All-TCIS and all-state VISFA honors as a center in 2003 and 2004. He was also a standout punter, earning first-team all-state accolades at the position in 2004.

And come Saturday night, he’ll be living the dream of dressing out as a Virginia Tech Hokie.

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