31 - Brenden Hill Position: Linebacker
Class: r-Senior
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 211 lbs.
High School: Warwick
Hometown: Newport News, Va.
photo A fifth-year senior who was one of the most pleasant surprises in the spring ... Moved to the top of the depth chart at whip linebacker where he is expected to share time with junior Corey Gordon ... Has a good understanding of the game and his role on defense ... Makes very few mistakes ... Has good range and speed ... Is good in pass coverage and working to become more physical versus the run ... Did a good job tackling during the spring ... Began last year third on the depth chart at whip ... Moved into the No. 2 spot during the season, but saw most of his action on special teams ... Will see that change this fall.

2005: Didn't see his first action until the Georgia Tech game ... Was in for six plays at rover and added 11 more on special teams ... Was in on four tackles, three on kickoff coverage ... Added a tackle at WVU, on 10 special teams plays ... Played 11 downs at rover against Marshall and 17 plays on special teams ... Collected four tackles ... Had two special teams tackles in back-to-back games against Maryland and BC ... Saw action on 14 special teams plays against both Virginia and North Carolina ... Contributed a tackle in the Gator Bowl ... Had a total of 16 tackles for the season ... Moved to whip linebacker when spring practice opened ... Posted four tackles in first scrimmage ... Was in on a tackle for loss during the spring game.

2004: Played in nine games, seeing action on 44 special teams plays in the regular season ... Had two solo tackles ... Was suspended for the first three games of the season ... Saw his first collegiate action against NC State, serving on the kickoff team ... Was also on the field for kickoffs for the eight remaining games ... Posted a 275-pound push jerk and a 36-inch vertical jump in spring testing.

2003: Dressed for the Boston College and Virginia games, but did not play ... Dressed for the bowl game ... Hauled in three passes for 26 yards during the Hokies' final spring scrimmage ... Caught a pass in the Maroon-White spring game for a 6-yard gain.

2002: Was redshirted during the fall while working at the split end position ... Showed improvement in three of the four major lifts during the off-season ... Had a 6-yard reception during one spring scrimmage ... Caught a pass for a 1-yard gain during the Maroon-White game.

High School: Led Warwick High and the Peninsula District in receiving as a junior and senior ... Was a first-team all-district pick as a senior and earned second-team district honors on both offense and defense his junior year ... Lettered two seasons as wide receiver and outside linebacker for Coach Tommy Reamon ... Caught 41 passes for 567 yards and six touchdowns in 2001 ... Grabbed five passes for 115 yards and a touchdown against Gloucester ... Contributed 46 tackles and four quarterback sacks on defense ... Finished with 39 catches as a junior, gaining 534 yards and scoring eight TDs ... Hauled in seven passes for 110 yards and two TDs against eventual state champ Heritage ... Scored a touchdown on a pass interception his junior season and posted 33 tackles ... Averaged 13.7 yards per catch during his two seasons ... Earned the team's Michael Vick Award for the most potential in 2000 ... Named a preseason All-American by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Was a preseason All-Atlantic Region pick by PrepStar ... Ranked the No. 38 player in the Mid-Atlantic Coast region by Lemming following his senior year ... Rated the No. 36 prospect in Virginia by SuperPrep and the No. 37 player by The Roanoke Times ... Played basketball and competed in track ... Was named the basketball team's top defensive player as a junior ... Set a school track mark in the 400 meters with a time of 47.8 ... Also participated in the 4x400 relay and the 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore.

Personal: Brenden Dee Hill ... Born 7/7/84 in Newport News, VA ... Son of Shawn Hill and Merle Askew ... Majoring in apparel, housing and resource management.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2004 9 2 0 2 0-0 0-0
2005 10 6 10 16 0-0 0-0
2006 13 24 28 52 6.5-41 2.5-21
2008 12 4 3 7 0.5-0 0-0
Career 44 36 41 77 7-41 2.5-21

Interceptions G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2006 13 3 95 31.7 1 69