59 - Barry Booker Position: Defensive Tackle
Class: r-Junior
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 280 lbs.
High School: Amherst
Hometown: Amherst, Va.
photo One of the leading candidates for a starting spot at defensive tackle ... A real competitor who has become a more physical player ... May be the team's most athletic defensive tackle ... Can rush the passer ... Has worked to add strength ... Showed the demeanor the coaches like during the spring ... Backed up starter Jonathan Lewis at tackle last year ... Gained some valuable experience while seeing action in every game ... An instinctive player with good size and play-making ability ... Figures to be an important contributor along the defensive front this fall.

2005: Saw action in 12 games ... Posted 13 total tackles, including two behind the line ... Had four QB hurries ... Recovered a fumble against NC State ... Played on 25 plays in each of the Hokies' first two games ... Had four tackles, including one for a loss at Duke ... Added four more against Ohio ... Posted a tackle for a 4-yard loss in the West Virginia game ... Assisted on three tackles against Marshall ... Was in for 18 plays at Maryland and 17 versus Miami ... Had 12 plays at Virginia and 11 against UNC ... Turned in the best 40 time among the defensive tackles during the spring at 4.82 ... Had three tackles, including a tackle for loss in first spring scrimmage ... Earned the Coaches' Award as the defensive player who had an exceptional spring.

2004: Played in one game ... Recorded one solo tackle and one assist ... Also had a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble ... Recorded a 350-pound bench and a 316-pound power clean in spring testing.

2003: Worked to add weight while taking a redshirt year ... Spent most of practice time at tackle ... Bench pressed 350 pounds and had a 500-pound back squat during spring max testing ... Posted a sack for the winning White team in the 2004 Maroon-White game ... Finished the game with a total of four tackles.

High School: Played a number of positions for Coach Scott Abell at Amherst, including tight end, fullback and defensive tackle ... Named an all-region selection for the Atlantic region by PrepStar as a defensive lineman ... Was a 2002 AA second-team all-state selection by The Associated Press as a defensive lineman ... A first-team selection to the 2002 AA Coaches all-state team at the defensive end position ... Notched 68 tackles and 13 sacks on defense while rushing for 250 yards and catching nine passes for three touchdowns on offense his senior season ... Registered 10 sacks and was named to the all-district team as a junior ... Rated the No. 24 defensive tackle in the nation by Tom Lemming on ESPN.com ... The No. 17 player in Virginia as ranked by SuperPrep magazine ... Rated the No. 18 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... One of the top 40 linebackers/defensive ends in the ACC area as ranked by the preseason G&W Recruiting Report.

Personal: Barry Nathaniel Booker, Jr. ... Born 11/13/85 in Fort Campbell, KY ... Son of Barry and Patsy Booker ... Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2004 1 1 1 2 0-0 0-0
2005 12 2 11 13 2-9 0-0
2006 13 16 36 52 7-41 1.5-21
2007 14 22 24 46 10.5-39 4-29
Career 40 41 72 113 19.5-89 5.5-50