A good young prospect who was sidelined by foot surgery while redshirting last fall ... Missed some valuable practice time ... Got some exposure to the nose tackle position during the spring ... Should continue to make progress as he gets additional reps at the position ... His summer preparation and showing during preseason will determine his status for the 2002 season ... 2001: Was redshirted while working at the nose tackle position ... His 350-pound bench press was the second-best among incoming freshmen in August ... Suffered a foot injury in mid-September ... Missed the remainder of Tech's contact work during the fall ... Returned to action in the spring and had two tackles in one of the Hokies' spring scrimmages before missing two weeks with a dislocated elbow ... High School: Lettered three seasons and started two as a defensive lineman and tight end for Coach Tom Kolar at Good Counsel ... A PrepStar All-American who was ranked the No. 12 defensive lineman in the Atlantic Region ... Had 82 tackles, eight sacks, 19 hurries and three forced fumbles as a senior ... A consensus all-state choice in Maryland ... First-team all-county and all-conference ... Second-team Washington Post All-Metro ... Named to George Michael's Golden 11 All-Star Team for the Washington Metro area ... Rated the No. 26 player in Mid-Atlantic Region by SuperPrep ... Listed as the No. 15 player in Maryland by ACC Area Sports Journal ... Registered 67 tackles, seven sacks and 12 hurries his junior season ... Attended Tech's summer football camp in 2000 ... Personal: Kevin Kennedy Hilton ... Born 10/13/83 in Tacoma Park, MD ... Son of Tom Hilton and Maureen Hilton Kennedy ... Enrolled in computer science.