56 - Demetrius Taylor Position: Linebacker
Class: r-Freshman
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 233 lbs.
High School: Kellam
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
 
photo A strong, young player with the ability to be a good linebacker ... Showed flashes of that ability while redshirting last season, but has yet to display it consistently ... Has a tremendous upside ... Works hard, runs well and plays physical ... A standout in the strength and conditioning program ... Should continue to improve with added reps ... The key is having a great summer and a good early preseason camp to see what his role will be on this year's team ... Is likely to begin as a special teams player and a backup at the mike linebacker position.

2005: Was redshirted while working at the mike linebacker position ... Gained Super Iron Hokie honors during the off-season ... Bench pressed 400 pounds and turned in the fifth-best push press on the team at 346 pounds ... Had a back squat of 570 pounds to go with a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump.

High School: Averaged more than 10 tackles per game as a senior linebacker for Coach Chris DeWitt at Kellam ... Forced five fumbles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass ... Also played tailback and rushed for 927 yards and 20 touchdowns ... Helped the team to an 8-2 record on the way to first-team All-Beach District honors as both a linebacker and running back ... Named to the Virginia All-Group AAA first-team all-state team by the Associated Press as a linebacker ... Named to the AAA all-state second team as a linebacker by the VHSCA ... Named a first-team All-Tidewater selection by The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot ... Ranked the No. 20 player in the state by The Roanoke Times ... Ranked the No. 38 inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 16 player in the state by rivals.com ... Ranked the No. 19 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep ... Ranked the No. 20 player in the state by scout.com ... Rated the No. 40 player in the Mid-Atlantic Coast by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Named to PrepStar's postseason All-Atlantic Region team ... A sprinter on the track team.

Personal: Demetrius A. Taylor ... Born 11/22/86 in Jacksonville, FL ... Son of Demetrius and Charmaine Taylor ... Enrolled in university studies.

Passing G Effic. Att-Comp Pct. Yds. TD INT
2007 11 119.68 134-72 53.7 927 5 3
2008 12 149.32 226-126 55.8 2102 13 4
Career 23 138.29 360-198 55.0 3029 18 7

Rushing G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2007 11 102 429 4.2 6 52
2008 12 101 344 3.4 4 46
Career 23 203 773 3.8 10 52

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2006 8 0 1 1 0-0 0-0
2007 9 0 3 3 0-0 0-0
2007 11 1 0 1 0-0 0-0
2008 12 12 19 31 5-16 1.5-8
2008 6 2 4 6 0.5-4 0-0
Career 46 15 27 42 5.5-20 1.5-8