A walk-on who has shown steady improvement ... A tough, hard-nosed player with a good upside ... Combines intelligence with good athletic ability ... Moved from whip linebacker to the backer position ... Really came on the last two weeks of spring practice and played well in the Maroon-White game ... Is still adjusting to his new position, but will likely be a candidate for special teams duty ... Could help the Hokies in that capacity this year ... His father and two brothers all played football for the Hokies. 2005: Played on the jayvee and scout teams ... Contributed four tackles during a JV victory against Fork Union ... Improved on three of his four major lifts in the weight room during the winter ... Moved to the backer position for spring practice ... Had a pair of tackles and a pass interception during first spring scrimmage ... Was in on five tackles during the spring Maroon-White game. 2004: Joined the team as a walk-on ... Redshirted while working to add strength and bulk through the strength and conditioning program ... Practiced at the whip linebacker position during the spring. High School: Played linebacker and tight end for coach Nick Colobro at Gate City High School ... Was named all-state, all-region and all-district as a tight end as a senior ... Also named all-district as a linebacker ... Helped lead team to 2003 Virginia state championship in Class A Division II ... Participated in track and field in the 400 meter dash, and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Personal: Jonas Ian Houseright ... Born 5/17/85 in Kingsport, TN ... Son of Bill and Jenny Houseright ... Father Bill played football for Tech, as well as brothers Jake and Billy, uncle Tom Beasley and cousin Chad Beasley ... Enrolled in mining and minerals engineering.