26 - Shawn Witten Position: Flanker
Class: Senior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 197
High School: Elizabethton H.S.
Hometown: Elizabethton, Tenn.
photo         An experienced, dependable receiver who started seven of Tech's first eight games at split end last season before suffering a broken leg at Pittsburgh ... Missed the Hokies' last three regular-season games and the Gator Bowl ... Returned to action in the spring ... Heads into 2002 preseason practice competing for the starting job at flanker ... Was having a great year until the injury cut his season short ... Has perhaps the best hands of any Tech receiver ... Earned the starting job in preseason ... A competitor who comes from a good football background ... Works hard to improve his game ... Concentrated on getting off the line of scrimmage and creating space in his route running during spring practice ... Is also a standout on special teams ... Is generally one of the first players downfield on kick coverage ... Will be looked to for leadership and stability ...

2001: Met all six of his goals in the weight room and recorded a 460-pound back squat during preseason strength and conditioning testing ... Played in eight games before sustaining a season-ending injury ... Caught 16 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown on the season ... Made his first career start against Connecticut ... Opened the season with three catches for 43 yards against the Huskies ... Had one catch against Western Michigan ... Caught three passes for 15 yards at Rutgers ... Grabbed two passes for nine yards in the win over UCF ... Had three receptions for 48 yards against Boston College ... Posted perhaps his best game of the year against Syracuse, catching four passes for 45 yards and his first career touchdown ... Was lost for the season when he broke his right fibula on the third offensive play at Pittsburgh ... Had surgery to repair the bone the next week ... Worked at flanker during spring practice ... Caught a 71-yard touchdown pass in one of the Hokies' spring scrimmages ... Had two catches for 15 yards in another scrimmage and hauled in a reception for 13 yards during the Maroon-White game ...

2000: Played in all 12 games ... Opened the season playing at split end ... Moved to the No. 2 spot at flanker when André Davis was injured ... Started on the kickoff and kickoff return teams and was a backup on three other special team units ... Caught two passes for 17 yards against Akron ... Added an 11-yard reception in the East Carolina game ... Saw action on 30 offensive snaps and 17 special teams plays against Temple ... Posted two tackles against the Owls and caught a 15-yard pass ... Had two tackles in the Pittsburgh game ... Registered a career-best four catches for 39 yards in Tech's win over Virginia ... Turned in nine catches overall for 88 yards ... Finished with seven total tackles on coverage ... Contributed a pair of catches in the Maroon-White game for 61 yards ... Shared the Frank O. Moseley Award as top offensive hustler during spring practice with tackle Matt Wincek ...

1999: Caught three passes for 25 yards against James Madison in his first collegiate game ... Contributed three tackles on kickoff returns during Tech's win at Virginia ... Hauled in three more passes for 30 yards at Rutgers ... Posted two tackles against Syracuse and two versus Miami ... Played on special teams in all 11 games, contributing a total of 10 tackles ... Saw action at receiver in six games, including 24 plays against JMU and 20 at Rutgers ... Caught six passes for 55 yards ... Posted a 450-pound back squat during the off-season ...

High School: Compiled 7,156 all-purpose yards during his high school career while playing quarterback, split end and free safety for Coach Dave Rider ... Was rated the No. 14 prospect in Tennessee by The Knoxville News Sentinel ... Named the state's offensive player of the year by the Tennessee Sports Writers' Association in 1998 ... An honorable mention All-SEC Region pick by PrepStar ... Passed for 1,601 yards and 21 touchdowns his senior season ... Also rushed for 512 yards and 19 TDs ... Registered 74 tackles on defense and intercepted 12 passes ... Added 225 yards and a pair of TDs on punt returns ... During one game his senior year, he scored touchdowns on a run, a pass reception, a punt return and an interception ... Finished his career with 3,839 yards passing, 997 yards rushing, 1,147 yards receiving, 901 yards on kick returns and 273 yards on interception returns ... Returned four interceptions and nine punts for TDs during his career ... Averaged 35.1 yards on punt returns over a three-year period ... Posted a career total of 28 interceptions and 86 touchdowns ... A four-time all-conference pick and a three-time Class 4A all-state selection ... Helped his team to a 40-10 record, four conference titles and a pair of state semifinal appearances during his four varsity seasons ... A four-year letterman and three-time all-conference pick in basketball ...

Personal: Shawn Edward Witten ... Born 5/18/80 in Johnson City, TN ... Son of Kimberly Witten ... Brother, Jason, is the starting tight end for the University of Tennessee ... Enrolled in history.