45 - Mikal Baaqee Position: Linebacker
Class: r-Senior
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 224 lbs.
High School: DeMatha
Hometown: Columbia, Md.
photo         A two-year starter at the mike linebacker position ... Cut his weight from 240 in the fall to 225 for spring practice ... Played well during the spring and heads into the preseason No. 1 on the depth chart ... Brings a good mentality to the game ... Mixes good speed and quickness with experience and instincts ... A physical player who has worked to improve his tackling ... Is hurt by his size at times, but plays with a nonstop motor and has shown the ability to make plays ... Led the team in tackles during his first season as a starter in 2002 ... Ranked third on the team last season ... Has 24 career starts under his belt ... Will be counted on for leadership on a defensive unit that features a lot of young players ...

2003: Started 12 games, playing over 600 snaps on defense ... Was third on the team in tackles with 109 ... Included in those 109 tackles were two sacks and three tackles for loss ... Also had two quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and an interception ... Played 47 snaps against UCF, registering three solo tackles and two assists ... Had four solo stops and three assists against James Madison ... Recorded two solo tackles and five assists in the win over Texas A&M ... Recorded seven solo stops and two assists against UConn ... Had three solo tackles and five assists at Rutgers ... Recorded six solo tackles, one for a loss, two assists and a quarterback hurry in the win over Syracuse ... Had 10 solo tackles and four assists at West Virginia ... Missed the Miami game with a shoulder injury ... Recorded his first interception of the season at the end of the first half at Pittsburgh, picking off a pass in the end zone to save a touchdown ... Also had nine solo tackles and two assists ... Had four solo tackles, including two sacks, three assists and a quarterback hurry at Temple ... Tallied six solo tackles and nine assists against Boston College ... Had six solo tackles and three assists at Virginia ... Also finished with nine total tackles against Cal in the Insight Bowl ... Posted Super Iron Hokie honors in the spring ... Contributed a pair of tackles behind the line during one of Tech's spring scrimmages ... Was in on a tackle during the spring game ...

2002: Earned Super Iron Hokie Honors when he returned for preseason practice, turning in personal bests in all four major lifts ... Led the inside linebackers with a 380-pound bench press ... Started 13 games, leading the team in tackles ... Had 112 total stops, 66 of which were solo ... Posted 12 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks ... Also had eight quarterback hurries, five passes broken up, a forced fumble and an interception ... Had five total tackles against Arkansas State in his first career start ... Also had two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry in that game ... Recorded a team-high 10 tackles - five solo - in the win over LSU ... Had a big game against Marshall, recording an interception of a Byron Leftwich pass, to go with nine total tackles and a pass broken up ... Had three solo stops and three assists at Texas A&M ... Missed the Western Michigan game due to a sprained ankle ... Returned to action at Boston College, getting the start and recording three assisted tackles ... Contributed 11 tackles against Rutgers ... Seven of those stops were solo ... Also had a quarterback hurry and a sack on a key fourth-down play ... Continued his excellent play against Temple, registering six solo stops, five assists, a tackle for loss, two quarterback hurries and also causing an interception ... Was in on seven tackles against Pittsburgh ... Also had a tackle for loss, a sack and caused a fumble ... Was on the field for all 100 defensive snaps at Syracuse ... Registered 11 solo stops and six assists for a career-best 17 total tackles ... Included in those were two tackles for loss and two sacks ... Also had two quarterback hurries and caused an interception ... Registered 11 tackles against West Virginia ... Played all 62 snaps on defense against Virginia, recording eight solo tackles and three assists ... Also had a pass broken up and a tackle for loss ... Had five solo stops, an assist, a pass broken up and a quarterback hurry at Miami ... Was in on six tackles, including a TFL, in the San Francisco Bowl ... Continued to excel in the weight room during the off-season, leading the linebackers with a 575-pound back squat and earning Super Iron Hokie honors once again ... Turned in six tackles, including a sack and tackle for loss in one of the Hokies' spring scrimmages ... Added four tackles in the Maroon-White game ... Shared the George Preas Award as one of the most valuable performers of the spring ...

2001: Recorded a 500-pound squat and 326-pound push jerk in preseason strength and conditioning tests ... Played in all 11 games as a starter on special teams ... Worked as a backup at the backer position but did not see game action ... Recorded seven total tackles and a forced fumble ... Had an assist against Western Michigan ... Turned in a solo stop and an assist on seven special teams plays at Rutgers ... Had two tackles on special teams at Pittsburgh ... Registered a solo tackle on special teams against Temple ... Forced a fumble on kickoff coverage that was recovered by the Hokies at Virginia ... Played a season-high 12 special teams plays against Miami ... Earned Super Iron Hokie honors during spring testing ... Turned in a time of 4.03 seconds in the NFL shuttle run and bench pressed 370 pounds ... Switched to the mike linebacker spot during the spring ... Was in on seven tackles during one spring scrimmage and four during another ... Posted three tackles in the annual Maroon-White game ...

2000: Was redshirted while he worked at the backer position ... Was a personal record-breaker during winter workouts ... Improved his bench to 355 pounds ... Also posted a 530-pound back squat ... Got extra work during the spring while starting backer Ben Taylor was rehabbing from fall surgery ... Contributed a tackle in the spring game ...

High School: A three-year starter as a linebacker for Coach Bill McGregor at DeMatha ... A PrepStar All-American who was rated the No. 3 linebacker and No. 17 overall prospect in the Atlantic Region ... Ranked the No. 17 player in Maryland by SuperPrep ... Posted 102 total tackles his senior season, including 65 solos ... Had 11 quarterback sacks and 16 tackles for loss ... Caused six fumbles and recovered two ... Intercepted two passes in 1999 and blocked a punt ... Contributed 12 tackles, two sacks, three passes broken up and two fumbles caused in a game against Paul VI ... Earned all-county, all-conference and first-team all-state honors ... Was in on 117 solo tackles and 34 assists as a junior ... Caused six fumbles that season and added eight sacks and five interceptions ... Finished his prep career with 274 total tackles, 14 fumbles caused and seven interceptions ... Helped the team to a 33-2-1 record during his three varsity seasons ...

Personal: Mikal Rahim Baaqee ... Born 12/20/81 in Boston, MA ... Son of Dr. Susanne I. Baaqee and Shakir Baaqee ... Enrolled in psychology.

2003 Tackles Game-by-Game
at RU13580-00-0
at WVU1104140-00-0
UMDid not play
at PITT192110-00-0
at TU14372-52-5
at UVa16390-00-0
vs. Cal14590-00-0