A coach's kind of player ... Works extremely hard and provides good leadership ... Gives it his all every day ... Combines great vision with a nose for the football ... Has a knack of making plays ... Rates as a solid performer against both the run and the pass ... Is the only returning player with game experience at the mike linebacker position ... Knows the Tech system ... Came out of spring practice No. 2 on the depth chart ... 2001: Played in five games, recording eight tackles ... Had a solo stop and seven assists on the year ... Finished with two assists in a win over Connecticut ... Saw brief action on defense versus Western Michigan ... Saw action on six defensive plays, recording two assists at Rutgers ... Was in for four defensive plays against UCF ... Had two assists in that game ... Had an assist on 10 defensive plays at West Virginia ... Blocked a punt that resulted in a touchdown in Tech's jayvee game against Hargrave Military Academy ... Also had four solo stops in that game ... Did not see action over the last half of the season ... Recorded five tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss in one of the Hokies' spring scrimmages ... Added three tackles in another scrimmage ... 2000: Got a taste of action at linebacker against Akron and Virginia ... Was in on a tackle in the opener against the Zips ... Also saw brief special teams action against Rutgers and West Virginia ... Posted three tackles, including a sack and another tackle behind the line, during the annual Maroon-White spring game ... Also broke up a pass in that game ... 1999: Joined the varsity squad for the Rutgers game and saw action on 11 snaps ... Contributed two tackles against the Scarlet Knights ... Also was in on two tackles in games against Syracuse and Temple ... Posted a total of seven tackles in his four appearances ... Showed marked improvement in the strength and conditioning program during the year ... Had a pair of tackles in two different spring scrimmages ... Also contributed a tackle in the annual spring game ... 1998: Joined the team as a walk-on when school started ... Was sidelined the first part of the fall with hamstring and foot injuries ... Worked at mike linebacker when he returned ... Was redshirted ... Intercepted a pass during one of Tech's spring scrimmages ... Contributed a pair of tackles during the spring game ... High School: Helped Robinson High to a 14-0 record and the state Division 6 championship as a senior ... Was a four-year letterman at linebacker for Coach Mark Bendorf ... Named the Northern Region Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... Also picked first-team all-state ... Picked to The Washington Post All-Metro team ... Was in on over 200 tackles as a senior, including 24 in the regional championship game ... Also contributed 12 sacks, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions during the season ... Earned first-team all-district and all-region honors as a junior ... Runner up to Ronald Curry as the top Group AAA defensive player in the state ... Finished his career as Robinson's all-time leading tackler ... Played in the high school all-star game and the Chesapeake Classic All-Star game ... Personal: Alex Markogiannakis ... Born 1/22/80 in Fairfax, VA ... Son of Chris and Helen Markogiannakis ... Enrolled in human development.