Moved into the lead for the starting duties at rover with a good showing during the spring ... Has also seen playing time at cornerback and free safety during his Tech career ... Was making great strides at rover last season when he hurt his knee against Rutgers ... The injury did not require surgery but he was sidelined for six of Tech's last eight regular-season games ... Bounced back in the spring with solid, consistent play and was named the Hokies' top defensive hustler ... A tough, physical player who has a knack for being around the football ... Combines smarts with a strong work ethic ... Saw playing time at cornerback and free safety in 2000 ... Joined the team as a walk-on and earned a scholarship ... Named to the 2001 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team ... Transferred to Tech from Florida Southern College where he played soccer ... Comes from a good football background - his father, Billy, Jr., was a standout for the Hokies in the mid-1970s ... Is expected to play an important role on the Hokies' defense this fall ... 2001: Played in five games, recording eight tackles ... Had six solo tackles, two assists and an interception ... Finished with two solo stops and an assist in the opener against UConn ... Saw limited action against Western Michigan ... Made his first career interception against Rutgers but stretched the PCL in his knee making the play ... Missed the UCF, West Virginia and Boston College games ... Returned to dress for the Syracuse game, but did not play ... Played 16 plays at Pittsburgh, recording two solo stops ... Had a solo tackle against Temple on 13 snaps ... Sat out the Virginia and Miami games and did not play in the Gator Bowl ... Posted the second-best push jerk among the defensive backs during spring testing with a lift of 300 pounds ... Had two tackles and a sack in one spring scrimmage ... Contributed a tackle in the Maroon-White game ... Won the Frank O. Moseley Award as the top defensive hustler of the spring ... 2000: Got some work at free safety and cornerback ... Saw action on 24 defensive plays against Akron in the opener ... Contributed seven tackles against Akron in his first Tech game ... Was in on nine tackles, including two behind the line, in the Boston College game ... Was limited to just four plays on special teams against Temple due to a pulled muscle ... Missed games against West Virginia and Syracuse and saw action on just one play against Pittsburgh ... Returned and got brief playing time against Miami, posting two tackles ... Gained his first start at UCF and recorded five tackles ... Was in on 47 plays before leaving the game with a slight concussion ... Returned to start against Virginia and registered eight tackles ... Finished the season with a total of 34 tackles, two tackles for loss and two passes broken up ... Intercepted passes in each of his last two games, but both were nullified by penalties ... Started against Clemson in the Gator Bowl ... Led the defensive backs with a 304-pound power clean during spring testing ... Had one of the team's best times in the NFL shuttle run at 4.0 seconds ... Worked mainly at free safety during spring practice ... Had five tackles, including one behind the line, during one of Tech's spring scrimmages ... Turned in three tackles in the Maroon-White game ... Underwent surgery to his left toe after spring practice ... 1999: Was redshirted while working at free safety ... Bench pressed 310 pounds and turned in a 450-pound back squat during spring testing ... Posted six tackles in one scrimmage and four in another ... Intercepted a pass and returned it seven yards during the annual Maroon-White game ... Also contributed four tackles, including a quarterback sack in that game ... Florida Southern College: Attended Florida Southern and played soccer during the 1998-99 school year ... High School: Excelled in football, soccer and track at Winter Haven High ... Lettered three seasons in football as a strong safety and kicker for Coach Flip Farienalla ... Earned first-team all-county and all-area honors ... Led the team in tackles every game his senior year ... Posted two interceptions against Lake Region as a junior ... Was the leading tackler again his junior year ... MVP of the soccer team ... Ranked in the top 16 in the state in the 400-meters ... Finished first in the district and third in the region in that event ... Also a member of one of the state's top 800-meter relay teams ... A member of the National Honor Society ... Vice-president of the Student Council ... Personal: Abraham Bill Hardee III ... Born 6/30/80 in Christiansburg, VA ... Son of Bill, Jr., and Debi Hardee ... His dad still ranks among Tech's top 10 career leaders in pass interceptions, punt returns and kickoff returns ... Studying science of food, nutrition and exercise.