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photo         A great leader who really sets the pace for the rest of the offensive line ... Rated the No. 1 center in the Division I-A ranks by The Sporting News ... A relentless warrior on the field ... Has everything you want a center to have ... Is tough, physical, aggressive and possesses the intangibles needed to play the game at the highest level ... Started all 14 games at center last season and graded out at over 90 percent for the year ... Reached the Winners' Circle every game ... Tech's strongest player with a 490-pound bench press ... Has good athletic ability to go with his strength ... Knows the Tech system and plays with great leverage ... Saw action on 565 snaps while starting 10 games at right guard in 2002 ... Played the last eight games of the 2001 season, including the Gator Bowl, with a broken hand ... Still managed to lead the team in knockdown blocks with 48 ... Averaged 25 plays a game at center as a redshirt freshman in 2000 despite having trouble with his back ... Will anchor the Hokies' offense this season ...

2002: Is the only offensive lineman to grade out above 80 percent in every game, putting him in the "Winner's Circle" ... Saw action on a team-high 838 offensive snaps and graded out at 90 percent or better in nine of 14 regular-season games ... Graded out at 90.6 percent for the season with a team-high 43 knockdown blocks ... Played just 28 snaps against Arkansas State in the season opener ... Graded out at 86 percent with a knockdown block in that game ... Played 67 snaps against LSU, grading out at 85 percent with a team-high six knockdown blocks ... In 74 plays in the win over Marshall, graded out at a team-high 93 percent with three knockdown blocks ... Graded out at 83 percent with three knockdown blocks in the win at Texas A&M ... Graded out at 93 percent with two knockdowns at Western Michigan ... Was again in the "Winner's Circle" for the Boston College game, grading out at 90 percent with four knockdown blocks on 67 snaps ... Graded out at a season-high 94 percent with three knockdown blocks against Rutgers ... Played 75 snaps on offense against Temple, grading out tops among the linemen at 92 percent ... Also had a team-high six knockdown blocks ... Played 69 snaps on offense against Pittsburgh, grading out at 93 percent ... Also had three knockdown blocks ... Tied his season high at Syracuse in grading out at 94 percent ... Played 62 snaps and had three knockdown blocks ... Was in for 78 snaps against West Virginia, grading out at 90 percent ... Played 62 snaps on offense against Virginia, grading out at 91 percent with three knockdown blocks ... Was named the team's most valuable lineman following the season ... Also shared the President's Award for outstanding leadership during the Hokies' off-season program and spring workouts ... Posted the second-best bench press in Tech football history with a 490-pound lift during spring maxing ... His 4.26 time in the NFL Shuttle was tops among the Hokies' offensive linemen ...

2001: Played in all 11 regular-season games, averaging 51 offensive snaps per game ... Graded out at 84.9 percent for the year with a team-high 48 knockdown blocks ... Recorded a team-high 10 knockdowns on 37 snaps in the opener against UConn ... Graded out at 86 percent with four knockdowns at Rutgers ... Did not start against West Virginia due to a broken hand, but played 20 snaps ... Came back to get the start at right guard against Boston College ... Saw action on 68 snaps and graded out at 92 percent in that game ... Saw action on all 68 offensive snaps against Syracuse ... Played 53 offensive snaps and had six knockdowns at Pittsburgh ... Graded out at 93 percent with a team-high three knockdown blocks at Virginia ... Graded 85 percent against No. 1 Miami on 48 plays with four knockdown blocks ... Switched back to center during the spring ... Earned the George Preas Award as the most valuable offensive performer during the spring ...

2000: Saw action in every game ... Worked a season-high 46 snaps against Temple and played 35 downs in the Miami game ... Earned a winning grade in seven of the 11 regular season games ... Also played against Clemson in the Gator Bowl ... Moved from center to guard during the spring ... Finished spring workouts as the starter at right guard ...

1999: Made the most of a redshirt year, adding strength and gaining familiarity with the center position ... Set a position record with a 376-pound power clean during spring testing ... Tied for the team's top push jerk at 375 pounds ... Bench pressed 420 pounds during the fall ... Made a big push for the center duties during spring practice ...

1998: Enrolled at Tech in January ... Made an immediate impact in the weight room ... Bench pressed 380 pounds during spring testing ... Set a record for the best power clean by a Tech center with a lift of 360 pounds ... Also set a position mark in the vertical jump at 32.5 ... Made a strong challenge for the starting center duties during spring practice ...

High School: Lettered two years as a center and defensive tackle for Coach Bob Christmas at Jefferson Forest High ... Played his senior year at guard and defensive tackle for Coach Ed Landis ... A postseason first-team All-America pick by PrepStar ... Rated the No. 20 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Named the Region III and Seminole District defensive player of the year in 1997 ... Was an all-district and all-region pick on both offense and defense ... Picked first-team all-state as a defensive tackle by both the coaches and AP ... Helped the team to the state Group AA championship game in '97 ... Registered 48 solo tackles and 53 assists for the season ... Added nine sacks and three fumble recoveries ... Had three sacks, caused two fumbles and made 13 tackles in a game against Appomattox ... Grew two inches and added 40 pounds between his junior and senior seasons ...

Personal: Charles Jacob Grove ... Born 1/22/80 in Johnson City, TN ... Son of Chuck and Ruth Grove ... His dad is a Tech graduate ... Enrolled in residential property management.
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