96 - Noland Burchette Position: Defensive End
Class: r-Senior
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 263 lbs.
High School: Highland Springs
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
photo An important member of the starting rotation at defensive end the past two seasons ... Suffered a fractured bone in his left forearm during spring practice, but should be at full strength when practice resumes ... Brings experience to the position along with quickness, agility and a non-stop motor ... Has a knack for making plays ... Is a Super Iron Hokie in the strength and conditioning program ... Played in every game last fall, despite a nagging shoulder injury ... A valuable member of the defensive unit who will be counted on as a player and leader.

2005: Turned in three quarterback hurries and two big hits during the opening game win at NC State ... Had three tackles, three hurries and a fumble recovery in the Ohio game ... Shared a sack and had a pair of hurries in the Georgia Tech game ... Played 25 downs at WVU and contributed a pair of tackles ... Registered four tackles, 1.5 sacks and forced a fumble against Marshall ... Picked up two hurries against Boston College ... Played 30 downs against Miami with two tackles and a hurry ... Added three hurries and a pair of tackles against UNC ... Had two tackles for loss, including a sack, in Tech's Gator Bowl win over Louisville ... Had 25 tackles, including three sacks ... Finished third on the team in hurries with 18 ... Earned Super Iron Hokie honors during spring testing ... Turned in a career-best 560-pound back squat, best among the defensive ends ... Posted two sacks and an additional tackle for loss during first spring scrimmage, but was sidelined by a broken forearm for much of the spring and did not play in the Maroon-White game.

2004: Played in and started 12 games, recording 15 solo stops and 12 assists ... Included in those 27 tackles were six tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks ... Also had two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and 11 quarterback hurries ... Played 405 snaps on defense and 104 on special teams in the regular season ... Made his first career start against USC in the opener, playing 37 snaps ... Was credited with three total tackles, including 1.5 for loss ... Also had a quarterback hurry ... Had a sack, forced fumble and two tackles against WVU ... Had four tackles in the win at Wake Forest, but sprained his shoulder late in the game ... Injury forced him to miss the FAMU game ... Returned to start at Georgia Tech, playing 44 snaps ... Had five tackles and three quarterback hurries ... Picked up four tackles against Virginia ... Included in that total were 1.5 tackles for loss, one of which was a sack that caused a fumble on UVa's final drive ... Posted a 530-pound back squat, a 326-pound power clean and a 309-pound push jerk in spring testing.

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 ... Had three total tackles, a forced fumble and a QB hurry against James Madison ... Played 42 snaps on defense against UConn, recording six solo tackles, two assists and a quarterback hurry ... Was in on five tackles against California ... Bench pressed 360 pounds during spring max tests ... 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 ... Majoring in sociology.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2003 13 20 21 41 1-8 1-8
2004 12 15 12 27 6-24 3-17
2005 13 8 17 25 4-27 3-25
2006 13 24 20 44 7.5-27 3.5-21
Career 51 67 70 137 18.5-86 10.5-71