Will play an important role along the offensive line this fall ... Has the versatility to play either tackle position as well as guard ... Shared time with Luke Owens at the starting left guard position in 2001 ... Started four games ... Got some work at both tackle spots during the spring ... Enters the fall as the No. 2 man at right tackle and right guard ... Combines good athleticism with an aggressive, physical style of play ... Is solid in pass protection ... Saw only limited action during the 2000 season, but did well enough for the coaches to see his potential ... Benefited from traveling with the varsity team ... Had arthroscopic surgery performed on his left knee after the 2000 season ... Is being counted on to provide the Hokies security along the offensive line in 2002 ... 2001: Played in nine games, averaging 31 offensive plays per outing ... Saw action on a total of 286 offensive plays during the season with 17 knockdown blocks ... Turned in a 530-pound squat, a 331-pound clean and a 331-pound push jerk in preseason strength and conditioning testing ... Made his first career start against Connecticut ... Played 39 offensive snaps against the Huskies and had a personal-best seven knockdowns ... Saw action on 50 offensive snaps against Western Michigan ... Was in for 44 offensive snaps at Rutgers ... Played a season-high 63 snaps and led the team with four knockdowns against UCF ... Had three knockdown blocks on 48 plays at West Virginia ... Came off the bench against Boston College ... Saw limited action over the final five games ... Missed games against Syracuse and Virginia ... Also sat out the Gator Bowl game against Florida State ... Moved to tackle during spring practice ... 2000: Worked his way into a backup spot at right guard ... Played 15 offensive snaps against both Akron and Rutgers ... Saw limited action in games against West Virginia, Miami and Virginia ... Also saw playing time in the Hokies' two jayvee games ... Played in Tech's Gator Bowl victory over Clemson ... Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following the Gator Bowl ... Was held out of contact work during the early stages of spring workouts, but got a lot of reps during the final seven or eight practices and showed improvement ... 1999: Was redshirted during the fall while practicing at right guard ... Improved in six of seven categories during spring strength and conditioning tests ... His 31 1/2-inch vertical jump during spring testing was the third-best among offensive linemen ... Ran the second-fastest 40 time among the O-linemen at 4.94 ... Broke his leg on the second day of spring practice and missed all contact work ... Broke the leg again in May ... High School: Played running back, tight end, offensive tackle and linebacker for Coach Jerry Little at Franklin County High during his prep career ... Was first-team all-district and all-region on offense and defense as a senior ... Earned first-team Group AAA honors as a linebacker ... Posted 113 tackles his senior year ... Forced five fumbles ... Named team MVP ... Earned All-America honors from PrepStar ... A USA Today honorable mention All-America pick ... Selected the No. 22 offensive lineman in the ACC Region by the ACC Area Sports Journal ... Ranked the No. 16 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times and ACC Area Sports Journal ... Contributed 122 tackles his junior season on the way to first-team all-district and second-team all-region honors ... Also competed in basketball and indoor track ... A member of the National Honor Society ... Personal: Jacob Edward Gibson ... Born 1/29/81 in Rocky Mount, VA ... Son of William B. and Martha Sue Gibson ... His father, Benny, played football for East Carolina ... Is studying history.