58 - Ryan Shuman Position: Center/Offensive Guard
Class: r-Sophomore
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 318 lbs.
High School: Fork Union
Hometown: Fork Union, Va.
photo A key figure in Tech's plans to solidify the offensive line ... Really came into his own during the spring when he was asked to handle the center duties in the absence of injured starter Danny McGrath ... Stepped right in and took control ... Was named the team's most improved offensive player ... A tough guy who plays hard ... Is taking full advantage of the strength and conditioning program ... Will benefit from his exposure to the system last season ... Is expected to step in and start at one of the guard spots when practice resumes in August.

2005: Saw limited action in six games at center ... Was in for 17 plays at center against Duke and had a knockdown block ... Got 13 plays against Ohio and 15 versus Georgia Tech ... Saw action on seven snaps against Marshall ... Got 10 snaps in the Virginia game and saw limited action against UNC ... Earned Iron Hokie honors during the off-season ... Posted a personal-best 620-pound back squat, which was third-best on the team ... Continued to work at center during spring drills ... Won the Richard Bullock Award as the most improved offensive player.

2004: Was redshirted ... Given the Paul Torgersen Award, awarded to the top newcomer, following spring practice ... Posted a 300-pound push jerk and a 550-pound back squat in spring testing.

High School: Played center and defensive end two seasons for Coach Mickey Sullivan at Fork Union after transferring from Fluvanna High School ... Earned all-prep, all-Central Virginia and all-state honors his junior and senior years at FUMA ... Was named second-team all-district following his sophomore season at Fluvanna ... Helped FUMA to the VISFA state championship in 2002 ... Contributed 76 tackles on defense his senior season ... Registered 10 sacks, two fumble recoveries and blocked a punt ... Turned in 56 tackles and six sacks as a junior ... Returned a fumble 61 yards for a touchdown that season ... Ranked the No. 22 player in the state by The Roanoke Times ... Listed as the state's No. 24 prospect by SuperPrep ... Lettered two years in basketball and one in baseball ... A member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: John Ryan Shuman ... Born 7/8/86 in Charlottesville, VA ... Son of John and Patricia Shuman ... His dad, John, is the head coach of the postgraduate football team at Fork Union Military Academy ... Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management.