35 - Willie Pile Position: Free Safety
Class: r-Senior
Height: 6-3
Weight: 205
High School: West Potomac H.S.
Hometown: Alexandria, Va.
photo         Rated one of the nation's top free safeties ... Picked the No. 10 free safety by The Sporting News ... Listed No. 13 by Lindy's ... Selected the No. 12 player overall in the BIG EAST Conference by collegefootballnews.com ... Named to All-BIG EAST teams picked by Athlon and The Sporting News ... Was inconsistent at times last season, but has made a lot of plays for the Hokies during his two seasons as a starter ... Is being challenged to make and finish more plays in 2002 ... Missed most of spring contact work with a shoulder injury ... Will be full speed when practice opens in August ... Has gained a reputation as a hard hitter ... Was named the No. 4 'assassin' in the Division I-A ranks by ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit prior to the 2001 season and was listed one of the top five hardest hitters by The Sporting News ... Was second on the team in tackles last season with 94 ... Has led the team in interceptions each of the last two seasons ... Played over 600 snaps on defense during the 2001 season and more that 500 snaps in 2000 ... Possesses excellent size ... Tied Tech and BIG EAST Conference records with three interceptions in the 2000 Syracuse game ... Named to the 2001 Virginia Division I All-State team by the state sports information directors ... Will be expected to fill a prominent leadership role on this year's team ...

2001: Started every game, finishing second on the team in tackles with 94 ... Was credited with 53 solo stops, 41 assists and six passes broken up ... Also had four interceptions, two fumble recoveries, two tackles for loss and a QB hurry ... Recorded a tackle and three assists versus UConn ... Registered three tackles and two assists, as well as two passes broken up and a forced fumble in the Western Michigan game ... Had five tackles, three assists and a fumble recovery at Rutgers ... Had three solo tackles, three assists and an interception against UCF ... Finished with five solo tackles and two assists at West Virginia ... Recorded five solo tackles, including one for a loss, and four assists against Boston College ... Also recovered a fumble in that game ... Recorded 13 total tackles against Syracuse ... Turned in 14 total tackles at Pittsburgh, with eight solo and six assists ... Recorded his second interception of the year at Temple ... Also had four tackles, a tackle for loss and a PBU against the Owls ... Picked off two passes at Virginia, ending two long Cavalier drives near the goal line ... Added six tackles and broke up two passes ... Tied for the highest grade on defense against No. 1 Miami ... Broke up three passes and was credited with 11 solo tackles and seven assists against the 'Canes ... Was in on six tackles against Florida State in the Gator Bowl ... Earned Iron Hokie status during spring testing, registering a personal-best 520-pound back squat in the process ... Was in on two tackles and broke up a pass in one of the Hokies' first spring scrimmages ... Missed most of the spring scrimmages and the Maroon-White game with a sprained left shoulder ...

2000: Earned Iron Hokie status in preseason strength and conditioning tests ... Started all 12 games at free safety ... Also started on the extra point and field goal block teams and practiced with three other special teams units ... Posted 56 total tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage ... Intercepted six passes and broke up 10 passes ... Caused a fumble and recovered a fumble ... Against Akron, in his first collegiate start, he contributed seven tackles, returned an interception 11 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble ... Registered 10 tackles, two for losses, and intercepted another pass during Tech's win at East Carolina ... Broke up two passes against Rutgers ... Won BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors for his 10-tackle, three-interception performance at Syracuse ... Posted six tackles and an interception in the UCF game ... Contributed five tackles and an interception against Clemson in the Gator Bowl ... Underwent surgery to his left shoulder in January ... Did not participate in spring contact drills ...

1999: Saw action on 15 defensive snaps and two special teams plays against James Madison ... Contributed three primary tackles and an assist ... Produced a quarterback sack and a another stop behind the line against Rutgers ... Was in on a total of eight tackles against the Scarlet Knights in just 11 plays ... Played in a jayvee game against Fork Union and returned a pair of interceptions 90 and 30 yards for touchdowns ... Did not see action in Tech's last six games ... Had a total of 12 tackles on the season ... Posted a 500-pound back squat during spring strength and conditioning tests ... Improved his 40-yard dash time to 4.44 ... Intercepted a pass in the Hokies' first spring scrimmage ... Was in on seven tackles, including two behind the line, in another scrimmage ... Contributed a sack and three total tackles during the annual Maroon-White game ... Earned the Dr. Richard Bullock Award as the team's most improved defensive player ...

1998: Was redshirted while working at rover during the fall ... Turned in a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump in November ... Tied for the top back squat among the defensive backs during spring testing with a lift of 515 pounds ... Moved to free safety for spring practice ... Contributed a pair of tackles in one of Tech's spring scrimmages ... Also had two tackles in the annual spring game ...

High School: Lettered three seasons as a quarterback, defensive back and receiver at West Potomac for Coach Dale Eaton ... Ranked the No. 24 player in the state by SuperPrep and the No. 31 player by The Roanoke Times ... A first-team Group AAA all-state pick on defense by the coaches and The Associated Press ... Named first-team All-Metro by The Washington Post ... Picked to George Michael's Golden 11 team ... Named the Northeast Region and Patriot District Offensive Player of the Year ... Rushed for 652 yards and passed for 560 his senior season ... Had nine touchdowns rushing and four passing ... Contributed 96 tackles and a school single-season record eight interceptions on defense ... Recovered four fumbles ... Picked off two passes in games against Wakefield and McLean ... Helped team to Division 5 Northern Region title in '97 ... Returned an interception 86 yards for a TD versus South Lakes his junior year ... Lettered as a wing player in basketball ...

Personal: Willie Marquis Pile ... Born 5/25/80 in New York City ... Son of Sharon Barber and the late Willie Myers ... Has earned a degree in management and is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree.

2001 Tackles Game-by-Game
at Rutgers15380-00-0
at WVU15270-00-0
at Pittsburgh186140-00-0
at Temple12241-20-0
at Virginia13360-00-0