Opened some eyes with an outstanding performance in the Gator Bowl when he was pressed into starting duty for injured senior Jimmy Martin ... Picked up a big boost in confidence and carried it over to spring practice ... Showed continued improvement in run blocking ... Is athletic enough to be a good pass protector ... Heads into the season as the starting left tackle after serving as the No. 2 man at both offensive tackle positions in 2005 ... Combines a big frame with a good work ethic and athleticism ... Earned the Excalibur Award - the top honor in Tech's strength and conditioning program - for the third time during the spring ... Is expected to be one of the big keys to the Hokies' offensive line this fall. 2005: Worked some at both tackle spots ... Saw his first action at Duke ... Graded 89 percent on 29 snaps against Ohio and posted a knockdown block ... Was in on eight plays at WVU ... Played 25 snaps versus Marshall, grading 92 percent ... Got limited work against Maryland and BC ... Was in for 10 snaps at Virginia ... Saw limited time in the UNC game ... Was thrust into the starting lineup for the Gator Bowl when starter Jimmy Martin went down with a knee injury in practice three days before the game ... Ended up playing all 69 offensive snaps against Louisville ... Set a position record with a 705-pound back squat during strength and conditioning testing ... Topped the offensive linemen with a 34-inch vertical jump and a 470-pound bench press ... Moved into the top spot at left tackle during spring practice. 2004: Played 62 offensive snaps and 46 on special teams in the regular season ... Graded out at 83 percent on 18 snaps in his first collegiate action, coming against Western Michigan ... Played four snaps on offense against Duke ... Played 35 snaps on offense with a knockdown in the win over Florida A&M ... Was in for five snaps on offense against Maryland ... Set a new position record in the squat (690) ... Mark was the sixth-best in program history ... Also had a 435-pound bench press. 2003: Did not see any varsity action, but played in both jayvee games ... Earned Iron Hokie honors during the off-season ... Turned in a 445-pound bench press and a 600-pound back squat ... Had the best vertical jump (33 1/2 inches) and 40 time (4.85) among the offensive linemen. 2002: Practiced at defensive end while redshirting in the fall ... Moved to the offensive line for spring practice ... Turned in the top vertical jump among the offensive linemen during spring testing at 33 1/2 inches ... Also had the top time in the forty (4.76) and the second-best showing in the NFL shuttle run (4.31) ... Improved his bench press to 400 pounds ... Was tried at right tackle during spring workouts. 2001: Enrolled in school for the second semester ... Bench pressed 355 during spring testing ... Also posted a 500-pound back squat and a 304-pound push jerk that ranked second among the defensive ends ... Practiced at the stud end position during the spring ... Turned in three tackles during one of Tech's spring scrimmages. High School: Posted 14 quarterback sacks and 18 tackles for loss in 2000 as a defensive end for Coach Scott Early ... Saw most of his action at tight end until his senior season - his first year as a starter on defense ... Had a total of 74 tackles for the season ... Also contributed 18 pass receptions for 220 yards and two TDs on offense ... Listed as one of the top 50 seniors in the state by South Carolina Prep Football ... Picked to that publication's AAA all-state team ... Earned all-region honors and was named to the WPDE All-Zone team ... Caught eight passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns his junior year ... One of those TD receptions came as time expired to send a game into overtime ... Was the first Myrtle Beach High player to sign with a Division I school in five years ... A member of the National Science Honors Society. Personal: Brandon Lee Frye ... Born 1/23/83 in Myrtle Beach, SC ... Son of Brenda Epps and Stan Rome ... His father played football and basketball at Clemson and went on to play with the NFL Kansas City Chiefs ... Majoring in finance.