42 - Josh Spence Position: Fullback
    Class: r-Sophomore
    Height: 6-0
    Weight: 233
    High School: Floyd County H.S.
    Hometown: Riner, Va.
     
    photo         Is adjusting to the fullback position after moving there permanently last year ... Has all the physical tools to be successful at the position, just needs to develop consistency ... That consistency should come as he gets more reps ... A big strong back who came to Tech as a tailback ... Spent some time at tailback and linebacker before moving to fullback ... His only playing time on offense to date has been at tailback ... Has increased his bulk and strength through the athletic performance program ... Is working hard to make the adjustment ... Will get a chance to compete for playing time in August ...

    2001: Saw brief action in the first two games of the season ... Was in on seven special teams plays in the opener against UConn ... Played six offensive snaps at tailback and six special teams plays versus Western Michigan ... Also played in Tech's jayvee game against Hargrave ... Rushed for 98 yards on 23 carries in that game ... Earned Elite Athlete status during spring athletic performance testing ... Registered a 390-pound bench press, a 625-pound back squat, a 346-pound clean, a 320-pound push jerk, a 40-inch vertical jump and a 4.51 time in the 40 ... Rushed for 18 yards and caught a 4-yard pass in one spring scrimmage ... Had a 10-yard reception in another scrimmage ... Contributed two catches for 6 yards and a 4-yard run during the Maroon-White game ...

    2000: Worked at tailback during a redshirt season ... Increased his bench press from 320 pounds to 380 between preseason tests and spring testing ... Posted a 550-pound back squat and 37 1/2-inch vertical jump on the way to Super Iron Hokie status in the spring ... Hyperextended his right elbow early in spring practice ... Did not return to contact drills ...

    High School: Enjoyed a record-setting football career for Coach Winfred Beale at Floyd County ... Lettered four years while seeing action as a running back, fullback and linebacker ... Started on both sides of the ball all four seasons ... Set school career records for rushing yards and tackles ... Posted season records for touchdowns, points scored and rushing yards ... Ran for 2,631 yards and 31 touchdowns during his senior season ... Also contributed 153 tackles on defense, including 17 sacks ... Helped team to the state finals ... Named The Associated Press Group A Player of the Year ... A first-team all-state pick on offense and defense ... Rated the No. 10 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... A PrepStar All-American who was ranked the No. 5 linebacker in the Mid-Atlantic Region ... Started at fullback his first three varsity seasons ... Only played in eight games as a junior but still managed to gain 1,329 yards and score 17 touchdowns ... Posted 109 tackles and seven sacks as a junior ... Earned first-team all-district and all-region honors and was a second-team all-state pick ... Finished his career with 4,630 yards rushing and 62 touchdowns ... Compiled 439 career tackles and four interceptions ... Won district individual track titles in the 100, 200, discus, long jump and triple jump his junior year ... Was the region champ in the 200, discus, long jump and triple jump that same season ... Won the Group A discus championship as a sophomore ... Led the track team to the state Group A outdoor championship as a senior ...Won the discus and had top-four finishes in four other events ...

    Personal: Joshua Wesley Spence ... Born 12/8/81 in Radford, VA ... Son of Robert and Melissa Spence ... Enrolled in university studies.

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