40 - Blake Warren Position: Linebacker
Class: r-Junior
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 242 lbs.
High School: Centreville
Hometown: Clifton, Va.
photo         Came out of spring practice with a slight lead in the battle for the starting backer duties ... Has added size and strength to go with his knowledge and feel for the game ... A good tackler who can also be a solid cover man against the passing game ... Plays aggressively and sees the field ... Has shown he can make plays, but is going to have to do it on a more consistent basis ... Made a good adjustment to linebacker after playing safety in high school ... Was named the team's top defensive newcomer after 2002 spring practice, but saw limited playing time during the 2002 season due to nagging injuries ... Played in all 13 games last year as the chief backup to starter Vegas Robinson ... Comes from a good football background ... His father, Don, played 14 years for the Washington Redskins ... Should continue to benefit from the competition provided by Xavier Adibi at the position ... Figures to see a lot of playing time when the season gets underway ...

2003: Saw action in every game as the No. 2 man at the backer position ... Turned in 29 solo tackles and 14 assists ... Included in those 43 stops were three tackles for loss ... Also had one interception and one pass break up ... Had two solo stops, one of which was for a loss, against UCF ... Had three solo tackles, two of which were for a loss, and two assists in the win over James Madison ... Had two solo tackles on special teams against Texas A&M ... Had a career-high eight tackles (four solo) against UConn ... Played 16 snaps on defense at Rutgers, recording three solo tackles, two assists, one pass broken up and an interception ... Had four solo tackles and three assists against Syracuse ... Had a solo tackle on special teams at West Virginia ... Recorded two solo tackles on special teams against Miami ... Had two solo tackles and an assist on special teams at Pittsburgh ... Had a solo tackle on special teams at Temple ... Had a solo tackle on defense and played 23 special teams snaps against Boston College ... Played 20 special teams plays at Virginia ... Registered six tackles against California in the Insight Bowl ... Turned in a 505-pound back squat during spring max testing ...

2002: Played in nine games ... Recorded five solo tackles and seven assists on the season ... Also had an interception ... Had an assisted tackle in the opener against Arkansas State ... Played five snaps on defense and four on special teams in that game ... Saw action on eight defensive and eight special teams snaps in the win over Marshall ... Did not travel to Texas A&M, Western Michigan or Boston College due to a strained back ... Returned to the dress squad roster for the Rutgers game, but did not see any action ... Was in for five special teams plays against Temple ... Saw action on five plays on defense against Pittsburgh ... Was also in for all four kickoffs ... Played four snaps on defense at Syracuse, recording an assisted tackle ... Recorded a solo tackle on special teams and intercepted a pass on defense against West Virginia ... Played in a jayvee game against Hargrave late in the season to gain extra playing experience ... Contributed 12 total tackles and three tackles for loss in that game ... Saw action on nine special teams plays in the win over Virginia ... Tallied three solo tackles on special teams at top-ranked Miami ... Had an assisted tackle against Air Force in the San Francisco Bowl ... Improved his back squat to 450 pounds during the spring and ran a 4.56 forty ... Registered four tackles and a sack in one of the spring scrimmages ... Had three tackles during the annual Maroon-White game ...

2001: Was redshirted as a freshman ... Worked at the backer position the entire year ... Turned in a 400-pound back squat during spring testing ... Posted four tackles in one spring scrimmage and contributed a sack in another scrimmage ... Was in on five tackles during the Maroon-White game, including one behind the line ... Also broke up a pass ... Won the Paul Torgersen Award as the top defensive newcomer of the spring ...

High School: Named the Group AAA Defensive Player of the Year in Virginia by the state coaches ... Helped Centreville post eight shutouts and win the state Division 6 championship in 2000 ... Contributed 14 tackles against Deep Creek in the title game ... For the season, he registered 103 tackles, six interceptions, one sack and one fumble recovery from his free safety position ... Was named first-team AAA all-state by both the high school coaches and The Associated Press ... Selected a first-team defensive back on The Washington Post All-Metro team ... An All-Southern pick by Orlando Sentinel ... A member of George Michael's Golden 11 All-Star team for the Washington Metro area ... Concorde District and Northern Region Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 ... Rated the No. 15 prospect in the state by The Roanoke Times and the No. 16 prospect by SuperPrep ... A PrepStar All-Atlantic Region pick ... Ranked the No. 51 player in the Mid-Atlantic Region by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Contributed 87 tackles and five interceptions as a junior ... Posted 12 tackles against Chantilly in the district championship game ... Finished his career with the most tackles by a defensive back (190) and a school-record 11 interceptions ... Helped Coach Mike Skinner's team to three consecutive district and region titles ... A three-year letterman in baseball ... Won all-district and all-region honors ...

Personal: Blake Davis Warren ... Born 10/10/82 in Fairfax, VA ... Son of Don and Irene Warren ... Brother, Brett, is a freshman linebacker on the Hokie squad ... Enrolled in consumer studies.

2003 Tackles Game-by-Game
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