99 - Cols Colas Position: Defensive End
Class: r-Junior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 239
High School: South Plantation H.S.
Hometown: Plantation, Fla.
photo         A player to keep an eye on in 2002 ... Possesses an impressive combination of speed and power reminiscent of former Tech All-American Corey Moore ... Has shown continued improvement during his first two seasons ... Moved into the starting lineup for Tech's last three regular-season games in 2001 and started in the Hokies' Gator Bowl game against Florida State ... Can put pressure on the quarterback ... Has the ability to make big plays ... Appears ready to become more of a force ... Runs a sub-4.5 40 and bench presses 400 pounds ... Complements his athletic skills with a great attitude ... Spent much of his high school career on the offensive side of the ball ...

2001: Saw action in every game ... Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in the preseason testing session ... Finished the season with 22 solo stops and 15 assists ... Posted 10 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks ... Registered a team-high 17 QB hurries, along with a pass broken up and a forced fumble ... Recorded three tackles, two assists and a hurry in the opener against UConn ... Saw action on 20 defensive plays, recording a tackle, against Western Michigan ... Finished with two tackles, an assist, a forced fumble and a sack at Rutgers ... Had two solo stops, two assists and two hurries against UCF ... Had two assists and a hurry against Boston College ... Was in on five tackles against Syracuse ... Played a great game at Pittsburgh, recording six solo stops, three tackles for loss, two QB hurries and a sack ... Got his first career start at Temple and played a season-high 37 defensive snaps ... Compiled three tackles and three QB hurries in that game ... Recorded four solo stops, three TFL, two QB hurries and 1.5 sacks at Virginia ... Had two solo stops, an assist, a tackle behind the line and three QB hurries against No. 1 Miami ... Earned Super Iron Hokie honors again during spring testing ... Set personal bests with a 600-pound back squat and a 360-pound push jerk ... Posted three sacks in one spring scrimmage and two in another ... Added a sack and three tackles in the annual Maroon-White game ...

2000: Saw playing time in 10 of the Hokies' 11 games ... Was in on two tackles against Akron in his first collegiate game ... Contributed three tackles and a quarterback hurry against East Carolina ... Turned in a personal-best four tackles in the Rutgers game ... Posted three-tackle outings against both Pittsburgh and UCF ... Added QB hurries at Miami and Central Florida ... Played a season-high 30 defensive plays against Rutgers and 27 versus UCF ... Finished the season with 20 tackles and four hurries ... Saw playing time against Clemson in the Gator Bowl ... Gained Super Iron Hokie honors during off-season strength and conditioning work ... Posted career-bests in six categories during spring testing, including a 550-pound back squat, a 341-pound push jerk and a 4.41 time in the 40 ... He led the defensive ends with a 34-inch vertical jump ... Posted three tackles, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery in Tech's first spring scrimmage ... Collected two tackles in the Maroon-White game ... Underwent hernia surgery in May ...

1999: A redshirt who spent the fall working at outside linebacker ... Earned Iron Hokie honors during scout team testing in November ... Improved his bench press from 300 pounds to 380 pounds by the time spring testing ended ... Also added more than 20 pounds ... Moved to defensive end when spring practice opened ... Contributed a sack in the Hokies' opening scrimmage ... Also posted a sack in the Maroon-White spring game ...

High School: Played several different positions for Coach Dan Margurit at South Plantation, including fullback and defensive end ... Rushed for 1,064 yards and 11 TDs as a senior ... Had 197 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in a game during his senior season ... Also saw action on defense, contributing 20 tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries ... Helped team to a 9-3 record and the second round of the Class 5A playoffs ... A postseason All-America pick by PrepStar, which named him the No. 15 running back in the SEC Region ... Rated the No. 14 prospect in Broward County by The Miami Herald ... Was in on 50 tackles, including four sacks, his junior year ... Registered career totals of 1,268 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground ... Starred as a sprinter in track ... Finished third in the state in both the 100 and 200-meters his junior year ... Turned in a best time of 10.49 in the 100-meters, 21.3 in the 200-meters and 41.2 in the 400-meters ... Won the state 100-meter outdoor title as a senior ...

Personal: Cols Colas, Jr. ... Born 5/16/80 in Miami, FL ... Son of Evelyne Colas ... Enrolled in residential property management.

2001 Tackles Game-by-Game
at Rutgers12131-131-13
at WVU11120-00-0
at Pittsburgh16064-181-10
at Temple11230-00-0
at Virginia14043-231.5-19