Will be a welcome addition when he takes the field for preseason practice ... Was one of the Hokies' most improved players during the 2001 season ... Had to leave the team in December when he contracted Guillain-Barré syndrome, a serious disorder of the nervous system ... Has made a full recovery but will have some ground to make up after missing the winter program and spring practice ... Has a chance to make an impact at linebacker if he regains his strength and stamina ... Saw most of his action on special teams during the 2001 season ... Started on the kickoff team and the kickoff and punt return teams ... Combines athleticism with good speed ... An extremely hard worker ... Returned to Blacksburg for the summer to prepare for the upcoming season ... Will be moved from the backer position to mike linebacker when practice opens ... Could be a factor at the new position before the season is over ... 2001: Played in all 11 games as a starter on special teams ... Worked at the backer position, but did not see action on defense ... Had two solo tackles and nine assists on the year in a special teams role ... Also had a fumble recovery ... Saw action on a season-high 14 plays on special teams at Pittsburgh ... Had three assisted tackles on special teams against Temple ... Recovered a fumble and had an assist on special teams at Virginia ... Was stricken with Guillain-Barré syndrome in December ... Was unable to attend school for the second semester ... Stayed home and made a full recovery ... 2000: Worked at both inside linebacker positions during a redshirt year ... Spent most of the fall at the mike linebacker spot ... Moved to the backer position for spring practice ... Had two tackles, including one for a loss, during the Hokies' first spring scrimmage ... Was in on three tackles in the annual Maroon-White spring game ... High School: A high school All-America pick by both SuperPrep and PrepStar magazines ... Was named to PrepStar's Top 100 Dream Team ... Played free safety, linebacker and running back during three varsity seasons for Coach Pete Bendorf at Oakton ... Registered 109 tackles as a senior ... Added five quarterback sacks, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries ... Rushed for 450 yards and 10 touchdowns ... Was a first-team selection on The Washington Post All-Metro team ... Also first-team all-district and all-region and second-team all-state ... Listed as the No. 8 defensive back prospect in the nation and the No. 1 DB in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar ... Rated the No. 24 linebacker in the country by SuperPrep and the No. 27 linebacker by Rivals ... An honorable-mention All-USA pick by USA Today ... Named the No. 5 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Finished his junior year with 128 tackles and six pass interceptions ... Holds the record for most career tackles in Oakton's history ... Personal: Charlton Douglas Cooper ... Born 6/10/81 in Houston, TX ... Son of Tom and Connie Cooper ... His dad was a starter in the defensive secondary at Tech in the mid-1970s ... Studying business.