A relative newcomer to football who showed plenty of promise while redshirting last season ... Only played two years of football in high school ... Showed the most improvement among the tackles during spring practice ... Dropped some weight and improved his quickness while working in the athletic performance program ... Is still learning the system ... Should continue to get better with more reps at the position ... Is expected to compete for playing time when practice resumes ... 2001: Practiced at the nose tackle position while redshirting as a freshman ... Registered the fastest 40 time among the defensive tackles with a 4.85 clocking during spring testing ... Also turned in a 550-pound back squat ... Had three tackles in one of Tech's spring scrimmages and intercepted a tipped pass ... Added three more tackles in another scrimmage ... High School: Only played football his final two years at Amherst County ... Participated in baseball and basketball during his freshman and sophomore years ... Had 35 tackles, seven sacks and two blocked punts in his first season of play for Coach Mickey Crouch ... Earned all-district and all-region honors ... Was in on 55 tackles as a senior, posting eight sacks, three fumble recoveries and three blocked punts ... Garnered second-team Group AA all-state honors from the state coaches ... Also named all-district and all-region ... Played defensive tackle, offensive line and tight end during his two seasons ... Scored a touchdown on a pass reception against Rustburg during his junior year ... Rated the No. 23 player in the state by The Roanoke Times ... SuperPrep ranked him the No. 22 player in Virginia, while Prep Star named him All-Atlantic Region ... Attended Tech's summer football camp in 2000 ... Personal: Timothy Allan Sandidge ... Born 6/12/83 in Lynchburg, VA ... Son of Robert and Dorothy Sandidge ... Enrolled in business.