A returning starter with all-star ability ... Is solid in all phases of the game ...Brings size, strength, experience and athleticism to the tackle position ... Works hard and plays hard ... Entered the 2000 season as the only returning Tech defensive lineman to have started a collegiate game ... Led the Hokies' defensive linemen in tackles and was fifth among BIG EAST linemen in tackles ... Earned second-team All-BIG EAST honors ... Started the first 10 games at tackle ... Suffered a high ankle sprain during the UCF game and saw only limited action against Virginia ... Returned to start in the Gator Bowl ... Underwent foot surgery following the season ... Participated sparingly in spring practices due to classes and a strained groin muscle ... Comes from an excellent football background ... Won Tech's Ironman competition during the summer of '99 ... Has two career pass interceptions from the tackle position ... Holds Tech's position record for a defensive tackle in the push jerk with a lift of 361 pounds ... Will be looked to for leadership and an outstanding senior season ... 2000: Posted nine tackles in the season opener against Akron ... Intercepted a pass and returned it 15 yards in the East Carolina game ... Also contributed seven tackles against the Pirates ... Registered two tackles behind the line against both Temple and West Virginia ... Turned in back-to-back eight-tackle games against Syracuse and Pittsburgh ... Recorded a sack and broke up two passes against Pittsburgh ... Was in for a season-high 52 defensive plays at Syracuse ... Had a tackle for loss, four total tackles and a pass broken up before injuring his ankle at Central Florida ... Did not start against Virginia and saw only limited action ... Was back in the lineup against Clemson in the Toyota Gator Bowl and contributed a sack ... Played on Tech's extra point and field goal units and on the punt team ... Finished with 58 total tackles, including eight behind the line ... Contributed five quarterback hurries and five passes broken up ... Underwent foot surgery following the bowl game ... Saw limited work during the spring and did not play in the spring game ... 1999: Saw action in every game at tackle ... Also added over 100 plays as a starter on special teams ... Had a tackle for loss in the opening game against James Madison ... Posted four tackles against UAB and five versus Clemson ... Got his first collegiate start at Virginia and responded with a quarterback hurry, a sack for a 12-yard loss and four total tackles ... Also drew starts against Rutgers and Boston College ... Was in on five tackles and broke up a pass against Syracuse ... Added a sack in the Pittsburgh game for minus eight yards ... Played a season-high 45 defensive snaps and 16 special team plays against Miami ... Finished the season with 39 total tackles, including two sacks and four other tackles for loss ... Turned in a 400-pound bench press and 620-pound back squat on the way to Super Iron Hokie honors during fall testing ... Earned Iron Hokie honors during spring testing ... Was sidelined early in spring practice by a pulled quadricep muscle in his leg and did not play in the spring game ... 1998: Saw action at tackle in all 11 games during the regular season ... Was in on six tackles against Pittsburgh, including a quarterback sack ... Also registered six tackles versus Syracuse, with one coming behind the line ... Showed his athleticism by intercepting a tipped pass at Boston College ... Added a tackle for loss and four total tackles in that game ... Had 28 tackles on the season ... Started on the punt team, as well as the extra point and field goal units ... Was credited with two tackles in the Music City Bowl, both behind the line of scrimmage ... Gained Iron Hokie honors during the winter strength and conditioning program ... Set a position record with a 361-pound power clean ... Also had a 383-pound push jerk, the eighth-best showing in team history ... Contributed a sack for a 10-yard loss and four total tackles during the annual spring game ... 1997: Was redshirted while working at defensive tackle ... Bench pressed 340 pounds when he arrived for preseason practice ... Improved to 360 by spring testing ... Turned in the top power clean among the defensive tackles with a lift of 326 pounds ... Missed a large portion of spring practice due to a foot injury ... Was in on four tackles and had a quarterback sack during Tech's last scrimmage of the spring ... High School: Lettered four seasons as a defensive end and offensive guard for Coach Nick Colobro at Gate City High School ... Earned first-team Group AA all-state honors at both positions ... Named the Group AA Defensive Player of the Year by the high school coaches in 1996 ... Was defensive player of the year in his district and conference and offensive lineman of the year in his district ... A first-team All-ACC Region pick by PrepStar ... Posted 80 tackles and four quarterback sacks his senior year ... Had more than 100 tackles as a junior ... Started on the varsity as a freshman and played in a total of 51 games during his career ... Excelled in track, winning state AA outdoor titles in the shot put and discus as a senior ... Personal: Thomas Chad Beasley ... Born 11/13/78 in Upper St. Clair, PA ... Son of Tom and Margie Beasley ... His dad was a star defensive lineman for Tech in the mid-1970s and played on two Super Bowl championship teams with the Pittsburgh Steelers ... His sister, Kerri, was a member of the Tech volleyball team, while his cousin, Jake Houseright, is a senior linebacker on the team ... Studying human services.