Will help add depth at the tight end spot this fall ... Joined the team last year as an invited walk-on ... Made progress in the strength and conditioning program, but must continue working to get stronger ... Only saw limited work during the spring due to a sprained right knee ... Has some ground to make up, but has the work ethic to be successful ... Will be ready to go when practice opens ... Comes from a good football background ... His dad, Mike, was a record-setting tight end for the Hokies and currently handles the color commentary on the Tech ISP Sports Radio Network ... 2001: Took a redshirt year while working as a tight end ... Improved on three of his four lifts between fall and spring athletic performance testing ... High School: Was a three-year letterman as a two-way lineman, linebacker and tight end for Coach Dave Crist at Blacksburg ... Named the team's most valuable lineman as a junior and senior ... Earned honorable mention all-district honors as a sophomore and was second-team his junior and senior years ... Helped the team to the regional semifinals his final season ... Also lettered in tennis and basketball ... Helped the tennis team finish second in the state his junior year ... Personal: Greg Michael Burnop ... Born 11/25/82 in Roanoke, VA ... Son of Mike and Ellen Burnop ... His father still holds the Tech single-season record for pass receptions with 46, set in 1971 ... Enrolled in university studies.