64 - Jake Grove Position: Center
    Class: r-Junior
    Height: 6-3
    Weight: 286
    High School: Jefferson Forest H.S.
    Hometown: Forest, Va.
     
    photo         Will return to center this season after starting 10 games at right guard in 2001 ... Is rated the No. 6 center in the nation by The Sporting News ... Picked preseason All-BIG EAST by Athlon Magazine ... A warrior on the field ... Mixes outstanding strength with good athleticism ... Plays with great leverage ... Is tough, aggressive and relentless ... Saw action on 565 snaps at guard last season and graded 80 percent or better in eight of 11 regular-season games ... Played the last eight games of the season, including the Gator Bowl, with a broken hand ... Still managed to lead the team in knockdown blocks with 48 ... Averaged 25 plays a game at center as a redshirt freshman despite having trouble with his back ... Moved to guard during 2001 spring practice ... Struggled at first, then adapted rapidly ... Helped solidify an inexperienced offensive line last fall ... Turned in a team-best 440-pound bench press during preseason strength and conditioning testing, then topped it with a 445-pound press in the spring ... Returned to center for spring workouts and was named the team's most valuable offensive performer ... Will be a prominent figure for the Hokies in 2002 ...

    2001: Played in all 11 games, averaging 51 offensive snaps per game ... Graded out at 84.9 percent for the year with a team-high 48 knockdown blocks ... Recorded a team-high 10 knockdowns on 37 snaps in the opener against UConn ... Graded out at 86 percent with four knockdowns at Rutgers ... Did not start against West Virginia due to a broken hand, but played 20 snaps ... Came back to get the start at right guard against Boston College ... Saw action on 68 snaps and graded out at 92 percent in that game ... Saw action on all 68 offensive snaps against Syracuse ... Played 53 offensive snaps and had six knockdowns at Pittsburgh ... Graded out at 93 percent with a team-high three knockdown blocks at Virginia ... Graded 85 percent against No. 1 Miami on 48 plays with four knockdown blocks ... Switched back to center during the spring ... Earned the George Preas Award as the most valuable offensive performer during the spring ...

    2000: Saw action in every game ... Worked a season-high 46 snaps against Temple and played 35 downs in the Miami game ... Earned a winning grade in seven of the 11 regular season games ... Also played against Clemson in the Gator Bowl ... Moved from center to guard during the spring ... Finished spring workouts as the starter at right guard ...

    1999: Made the most of a redshirt year, adding strength and gaining familiarity with the center position ... Set a position record with a 376-pound power clean during spring testing ... Tied for the team's top push jerk at 375 pounds ... Bench pressed 420 pounds during the fall ... Made a big push for the center duties during spring practice ...

    1998: Enrolled at Tech in January ... Made an immediate impact in the weight room ... Bench pressed 380 pounds during spring testing ... Set a record for the best power clean by a Tech center with a lift of 360 pounds ... Also set a position mark in the vertical jump at 32.5 ... Made a strong challenge for the starting center duties during spring practice ...

    High School: Lettered two years as a center and defensive tackle for Coach Bob Christmas at Jefferson Forest High ... Played his senior year at guard and defensive tackle for Coach Ed Landis ... A postseason first-team All-America pick by PrepStar ... Rated the No. 20 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Named the Region III and Seminole District defensive player of the year in 1997 ... Was an all-district and all-region pick on both offense and defense ... Picked first-team all-state as a defensive tackle by both the coaches and AP ... Helped the team to the state Group AA championship game in '97 ... Registered 48 solo tackles and 53 assists for the season ... Added nine sacks and three fumble recoveries ... Had three sacks, caused two fumbles and made 13 tackles in a game against Appomattox ... Grew two inches and added 40 pounds between his junior and senior seasons ...

    Personal: Charles Jacob Grove ... Born 1/22/80 in Johnson City, TN ... Son of Chuck and Ruth Grove ... His dad is a Tech graduate ... Enrolled in residential property management.

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