One of the Hokies' strongest players ... Helps provide depth at left guard ... Picked up some playing time last season ... His size and tremendous strength help make him a solid run blocker ... Has worked hard to improve in pass protection ... Benefits from having a good center of gravity and strong hands ... Needs to drop his weight to be more effective ... Could see added playing time if he's successful ... 2001: Saw action on offense in seven games ... Played 52 snaps on special teams and 41 on offense ... Was in on 21 total plays in the season opener against Connecticut ... Was in for 11 offensive snaps against Western Michigan ... Also played on six special teams plays versus the Broncos ... Played 18 total plays at West Virginia and had a knockdown block ... Also had a knockdown against Boston College ... Earned Super Iron Hokie honors during both the preseason and winter testing sessions ... Turned in a 440-pound bench press, 700-pound back squat and 360-pound push jerk ... Stayed at left guard for spring workouts ... 2000: Turned in a 425-pound bench press, a 610-pound back squat and a 371-pound push jerk on the way to Super Iron Hokie honors prior to the season ... Saw action on nine total plays against Akron ... Played a season-best 15 snaps in the Rutgers game ... Earned Super Iron Hokie honors again in the spring when he improved his back squat to 650 pounds and notched a 316-pound power clean ... 1999: Missed almost a month of practice while recovering from a partially-torn Achilles tendon suffered prior to arriving on campus ... Worked at left guard when he was cleared for practice ... Was redshirted ... Earned Iron Hokie honors in the weight room during spring testing ... Bench pressed 420 pounds ... Added a 600-pound back squat - second best among the offensive linemen - and a 351-pound push jerk ... Dropped nearly 20 pounds by the end of the winter off-season program ... Prep School: Originally signed with Tech out of high school ... Prepped at Hargrave, where he started at offensive tackle for Coach Lonnie Messick ... High School: Lettered four years as a two-way tackle for Coach Greg Jordan ... Listed as the No. 2 offensive line prospect in Tennessee and the No. 14 player overall by The Kingsport Times-News after his senior season at Sullivan South ... Gained prep All-America honors from Max Emfinger ... An honorable mention selection on USA Today's All-USA team ... A consensus first-team Class 4A all-state pick on defense as a junior and on offense as a senior ... Earned All-Northeast Tennessee Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior ... Named the Bristol Herald Courier Defensive Lineman of the Year in 1997 ... Had 82 pancake blocks his senior season on offense and over 80 tackles on defense ... Added two sacks, five fumble recoveries, three blocked field goals, two safeties and a blocked punt ... Graded 85 percent blocking on offense ... Registered 18 sacks and over 120 tackles his junior year ... Posted 290 career tackles and 120 pancake blocks ... A weight man and four-year letterman in track ... Played first base and lettered three times in baseball ... Has bench pressed 460 pounds ... Personal: Anthony Matthew Nelson ... Born 2/18/79 in Kingsport, TN ... Son of Ralph and Sue Nelson ... Studying physical education.