71 - Tim Sandidge Position: Defensive Tackle
Class: r-Senior
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 304 lbs.
High School: Amherst County
Hometown: Madison Heights, Va.
photo An experienced defensive tackle who will be counted on for senior leadership ... Coming off a very good spring ... Put himself in position to see playing time in the defensive line rotation this fall ... Has six starts in his career ... Possesses good quickness and athletic ability for a 300-pounder ... Has made some strides in the strength and conditioning program, winning the 2003 Ironman competition ... Only played two seasons of football in high school ...

A Talk With...
How are you going to prepare for the 2005 season both on and off the field?
Graduating and preparing for graduate school before the season starts is important. I will be less stressed when the season starts if I get my school situation settled. On the field I am going to work out, play hard at practice and step up as a leader.

What is the most important lesson you have learned from Coach Beamer?
Coach Beamer always says "don't take the little things in life for granted." I have tried to live by that and only now I can truly understand why he preaches it to the team.

As a Hokie, have you ever played against one of your teammates from high school? If yes, how was it? If no, would you want to?
Yes, but only when we joined the ACC and played against the conference teams. I got to play against my high school buddy, Warren Braxton, in our first ACC road game at Wake Forest. The experience was different but I think it motivated me to work harder to show him that I play for the better team. It has been several years since I have seen him so it was good to see him again.

What qualities do you possess that makes you a good defensive tackle?
Jokingly I think my big butt helps. But in all fairness, I am quick to react to plays. I am fast and I will do anything to help my team win.

How do you communicate to your teammates on the field during a game?
We all communicate by being vocal and using body language. If I see something that a teammate doesn't, I would do whatever in my power to show them what is going to happen next. That includes yelling out calls or showing enthusiasm. We all catch on sooner or later.

Which player on the team now has helped you the most on the field?
I would have to say Jonathan Lewis or Jason Murphy. We have good times together and I can count on them for a good laugh or we can be serious if the situation calls for it. The main reason is we all help each other to be better players.

What does being a Hokie mean to you?
Being a Hokie is a way of life for me. I have grown up admiring and hoping to be a football player for Virginia Tech. Now that I am a Hokie, my mission is to maintain the Hokie legacy and keep this dynasty going.

How do you intimidate your opponents?
I go out and try to get in my opponent's head to mess up their mental game. Football is half physical and half mental. When one part breaks down you aren't successful. So my goal is to break down my opponent.

Do you have a nickname that your teammates gave you ... what is it and why?
My nickname is Sandman mostly because of my last name (Sandidge).

Is there something most people don't know about being a college football player?
It's a hard, full-time job. We give up time to practice, work out, watch film and attend meetings. But it is all worth it on game days.

What fires you up for a game?
Coach Beamer finds things what could be considered as trash talk about our team and puts them on a bulletin board. He asks each one of us to think about these points and to go out and prove them wrong. Also, music and our coaches talk before a game pumps me up. It's all about the atmosphere.

Do you have a cheering section at the games (friends, family and alumni)?
My mom, dad and older brother, Alex, always come to my games. It's neat when they sit close to the field, I can actually hear them yelling. I also get excited to see my friends sit in the student section.

What is your favorite professional sports team?
The Miami Heat because of Shaquille O'Neal so last year I was a Lakers fan. Shaq is the man.

Do you support other Virginia Tech athletic teams?
I went to a couple of basketball games and I have to support my friend, Kelly Brown, who plays softball.

Who is your favorite professor here at VT?
Patrick Council, my residential property management professor.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
Having my CPM and managing a big apartment complex or starting my own company.

2004: Played in nine games ... Recorded three solo tackles and four assists ... Included in those seven tackles were 1.5 tackles for loss and .5 sacks ... Also had three quarterback hurries ... Was in for 17 snaps on defense against Western Michigan, recording an assisted tackle ... Had two stops, including one for a loss, against Duke ... Had two tackles against Florida A&M ... Played just three snaps at Georgia Tech, but had half a sack in that span ... Posted a 380-pound bench, a 660-pound back squat and a 316-pound power clean in spring testing ...

2003: Played in all 13 games, starting the last three ... Finished the season with 21 solo tackles and 26 assists ... Included in those 47 stops were three tackles for loss and a sack ... Also had eight quarterback hurries and two passes broken up ... Had three solo stops and an assist in the win over Texas A&M ... Played 36 snaps on defense against UConn, recording a solo tackles, two assists, two quarterback hurries and a pass broken up ... Made his first start of the season against Boston College, playing 61 snaps ... Had two solo tackles, including a sack, and two assists ... Played 50 snaps at Virginia, recording four solo stops, two assists, a quarterback hurry and a pass break up ... Contributed six tackles in the Insight Bowl ... Led the defensive tackles with a 640-pound back squat during spring max testing ...

2002: Played in 13 games, starting the last three ... Recorded 13 solo tackles and 17 assists ... Included in those 30 stops were five tackles for loss and four sacks ... Also had three quarterback hurries, two passes broken up and a fumble recovery ... Played 19 snaps in the opener against Arkansas State ... Recorded a solo stop and two assists ... Also broke up a pass and recovered a fumble ... Did not travel to Western Michigan due to a sprained ankle ... Played 13 snaps on defense against Rutgers, recording two solo tackles, an assist, a quarterback hurry and a sack ... Played 39 snaps on defense at Syracuse, registering five tackles, including a sack, and a quarterback hurry ... Made his first career start against Virginia, recording four solo stops and two assists ... Ran a 4.79 forty during spring max testing and added a 31-inch vertical jump ... Also had a 605-pound back squat ...

2001: Practiced at the nose tackle position while redshirting as a freshman ... Registered the fastest 40 time among the defensive tackles with a 4.85 clocking during spring testing ... Also turned in a 550-pound back squat ...

High School: Only played football his final two years at Amherst County ... Participated in baseball and basketball during his freshman and sophomore years ... Had 35 tackles, seven sacks and two blocked punts in his first season of play for Coach Mickey Crouch ... Earned all-district and all-region honors ... Was in on 55 tackles as a senior, posting eight sacks, three fumble recoveries and three blocked punts ... Garnered second-team Group AA all-state honors from the state coaches ... Also named all-district and all-region ... Played defensive tackle, offensive line and tight end during his two seasons ... Scored a touchdown on a pass reception against Rustburg during his junior year ... Rated the No. 23 player in the state by The Roanoke Times ... SuperPrep ranked him the No. 22 player in Virginia, while PrepStar named him All-Atlantic Region ... Attended Tech's summer football camp in 2000 ...

Personal: Timothy Allan Sandidge ... Born 6/12/83 in Lynchburg, VA ... Son of Robert and Dorothy Sandidge ... Majoring in apparel, housing, resource management.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2002 13 13 17 30 5-28 4-25
2003 13 21 26 47 3-3 1-1
2004 9 3 4 7 1.5-3 0.5-2
2005 13 13 23 36 4-17 2-14
Career 48 50 70 120 13.5-51 7.5-42