96 - Noland Burchette Position: Defensive End
Class: r-Sophomore
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 251 lbs.
High School: Highland Springs
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
photo         An athletic defensive end who plays with a super motor ... Picked up a lot of experience last season as a top reserve ... Named to the 2003 Rivals.com Freshman All-America football team as an honorable mention selection ... Came out of spring practice No. 1 at the stud end position ... Has shown a knack for making plays ... Is very good in space, but must continue to grow and get stronger at the point of attack ... Deceptively quick and agile ... Won the Frank O. Moseley Award as one of Tech's top hustlers during spring practice ... May have gotten a chance to contribute in 2002 but was slowed by a hamstring injury and redshirted ... Took advantage of the situation by becoming familiar with both the Tech system and the Hokies' strength and conditioning program ... Was named Tech's top defensive newcomer at the end of 2003 spring practice ... Has the potential to see a lot of playing time in 2004 ...

2003: Saw action in all 13 games, playing more than 330 defensive snaps ... Had 20 solo tackles and 21 assists ... Included in those 41 stops was a sack ... Also had nine quarterback hurries and a forced fumble ... Played 25 snaps on defense against UCF ... Had an assisted tackle on special teams ... Had three total tackles, a forced fumble and a QB hurry against James Madison ... Had three tackles against Texas A&M ... Played 42 snaps on defense against UConn, recording six solo tackles, two assists and a quarterback hurry ... Had two solo tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries at Rutgers ... Had two solo tackles and two assists, along with two quarterback hurries against Syracuse ... Recorded two assisted tackles at West Virginia ... Had three solo tackles, two assists and two quarterback hurries against Miami ... Tallied two assisted stops at Temple ... Had two assists and a quarterback hurry at Virginia ... Was in on five tackles against California ... Bench pressed 360 pounds during spring max tests ... Led the defensive ends with a 316-pound clean ... Turned in a sack and four tackles during Tech's first scrimmage of the spring ... Also had a sack in the Maroon-White game ... Was voted one of the team's top hustlers of the spring ...

2002: Was slowed by a hamstring injury during the early part of the year ... Worked at defensive end while redshirting ... Sprained his knee in spring practice, causing him to miss some time ... Had four tackles and a sack in one spring scrimmage and a fumble recovery in another ... Posted two quarterback sacks and three tackles in the spring game ... Won the Paul Torgersen Award as the top defensive newcomer of the spring ...

High School: Lettered three seasons as a defensive end and tight end for Coach Scott Burton at Highland Springs ... Posted 21 tackles for loss his senior season, including 12.5 sacks ... Finished with 61 total tackles, 21 quarterback hurries and five passes broken up ... Caused four fumbles and recovered two ... Had 11 pass receptions at tight end for 175 yards and three touchdowns ... Named second-team Group AAA all-state by both The Associated Press and the state coaches ... Saw some action as an H-back, rushing for 225 yards and five TDs ... Contributed 58 tackles as a junior ... Registered 11 sacks and nine additional tackles for loss that season ... Turned in 32 catches for 416 yards and three touchdowns on offense ... Averaged 40.5 yards as the team's punter ... Was a two-time all-district and all-region pick ... Named to the Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro first team his senior season ... Helped his team to the Group AAA Division 5 regional division title game ... Starred on a defense that held opponents to 148 total yards per game ... Listed as the No. 56 weak-side defensive end in the nation by Rivals ... Competed in the 100 meters and on relay teams as a member of the track team ... Also lettered two seasons as a forward in basketball ...

Personal: Noland Duke Burchette II ... Born 3/23/83 in Richmond, VA ... Son of Noland and Pollie Burchette ... Enrolled in university studies.

2003 Tackles Game-by-Game
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