Has developed into a steady playmaker at the backer position ... Is coming off an outstanding spring practice ... Was voted one of the team's spring MVPs ... Picked up some valuable experience and maturity while starting every game last season ... Finished fourth on the team in tackles with 69 ... Returned an interception for a touchdown against Georgia Tech ... Plays fast, smart and aggressive ... As a freshman in 2004, he came back from what was thought to be a season-ending injury to contribute in Tech's last six games ... Listed as a preseason second-team All-ACC performer by The Sporting News ... Will be looked to for leadership on a young defensive unit. 2005: Compiled 69 total tackles, including seven behind the line ... Also had three sacks, two interceptions, four pass breakups and four QB hurries ... Played 592 defensive plays during the regular season and was in on 71 special teams plays ... Made his first collegiate start in the opener at NC State ... Played every defensive down and contributed eight tackles ... Had four tackles, including one for a loss against Duke ... Picked off a pass and returned it 25 yards in win over Ohio ... Registered his second interception of the season against Georgia Tech and took it 25 yards for a touchdown ... Had a personal-best 10 tackles at West Virginia, including a quarterback sack ... Repeated those numbers against Maryland ... Picked up his third sack of the season in the Boston College game ... Had seven tackles against both BC and Miami ... Collected six tackles, including one for a loss, in win over UNC ... Was in on four tackles, one behind the line, against Florida State ... Had four tackles in the Gator Bowl against Louisville ... Turned in the fastest time among the linebackers in the 40 during spring testing with a 4.41 clocking ... Posted five tackles and broke up a pass in first spring srimmage ... Was in on six tackles during the spring game, including two behind the line ... Shared the George Preas Award as the most valuable defensive player in the spring with Chris Ellis. 2004: Played in seven games, recording 21 solo stops and four assists ... Included in those 25 tackles were 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks ... Also had one interception, one forced fumble and two quarterback hurries ... Played 192 snaps on defense and 13 on special teams in the regular season ... Was lost for six games after suffering a torn tendon in his right biceps muscle during the opening game against USC ... Injury happened on his 23rd play as a collegian ... Had surgery the following week ... Made a remarkable recovery and returned to the field against Georgia Tech ... Played 43 snaps in that game, recording eight tackles, seven of which were solo stops ... Had a forced fumble on his first drive ... Also had 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks ... Recorded his first career interception in the win over Maryland ... Recorded a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 340-pound bench and a 4.5 40-yard dash in spring testing. 2003: Redshirted while working at the backer position during the fall ... Turned in a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump during scout team testing during the season ... His 365-pound bench press during spring max testing was tops among the inside linebackers ... Contributed three tackles, including one for a loss in Tech's first spring scrimmage ... Was one of the team leaders with five tackles in the team's third scrimmage ... Contributed three tackles in the annual Maroon-White game. High School: Named an All-American by PrepStar as a defensive lineman and an All-American by SuperPrep as a linebacker ... Played for Coach Bill Dee at Phoebus High ... Helped his team to back-to-back Group AAA championships ... Was a 2002 AAA first-team all-state selection by The Associated Press as a defensive lineman ... A first-team and defensive player of the year selection to the 2002 AAA coaches all-state team at the defensive end position ... Named to the VHSCA All-Eastern Region first team as a defensive end ... Named to the first-team Newport News Daily Press All-Star Team as a defensive lineman ... A three-time Daily Press All-Star ... Was the leader of a Phantoms' defense that held opponents to fewer than five points a game ... Finished with a team-best 13.5 sacks and 100-plus tackles, including 31 for loss ... Also rushed for 575 yards and 11 TDs at fullback ... A first-team all-region selection at end ... A first-team selection to the 2001 AAA Coaches and Associated Press all-state teams at a defensive lineman spot as a junior ... Rated the No. 96 prospect nationally, the No. 12 player in the Mid-Atlantic region and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Virginia by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Ranked the No. 1 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Rated the No. 4 linebacker in the nation and the No. 1 player in Virginia by SuperPrep. Personal: Xavier Oyekola Adibi ... Born 10/18/84 in Stillwater, OK ... Son of Abiodun and Leanne Adibi ... Brother of former Tech defensive end Nathaniel Adibi ... Majoring in apparel, housing and resource management.