Really improved his stock during the spring ... Pushed Aaron Rouse for the rover job and will continue to do so in the fall ... Has really fought to be a good player ... Played well in Tech's Gator Bowl win over Louisville ... Is coming off an excellent spring, which saw him spend some time at free safety as well as rover ... Has taken advantage of the strength and conditioning program ... Wants to do what's right for the team ... Has contributed as a top backup at rover and a starter on special teams the past two seasons ... Started his career at cornerback ... Has played in every game during his three seasons ... Will be counted on for steady play and leadership this fall.
2005: Started on the punt return and kickoff teams ... The No. 2 man at rover ... Played 22 downs at rover against Duke and 24 versus Ohio ... Contributed three tackles in the Georgia Tech game ... Posted six tackles during the Marshall game ... Worked 14 plays on special teams against BC and was in on a pair of tackles ... Collected two tackles on special teams against North Carolina ... Played in every game, registering 15 total tackles ... Was slowed some by an ankle injury during the off-season ... Worked some at free safety, as well as rover, during the spring ... Turned in six tackles, including one behind the line, during the second spring scrimmage ... Added two tackles in the Maroon-White game.
2004: Played in all 13 games, mostly on special teams ... Saw action on 35 defensive snaps and 83 on special teams in the regular season ... Had four solo tackles and two assists ... Had a solo tackle on defense against FAMU ... Had a big solo tackle on kickoff coverage at Georgia Tech to pin the Jackets inside the 20 ... Played 19 snaps on defense against Maryland, recording three tackles ... Given the Dr. Richard Bullock Award, awarded to the most improved player, following spring practice ... Posted a 475-pound back squat, a 285-pound power clean and a 34-inch vertical jump in spring testing.
2003: Moved to the rover position prior to the season and was redshirted ... Posted a personal-best 455-pound back squat during the scout team testing in the fall ... Contributed two tackles and broke up a pair of passes during the 2004 Maroon-White game.
2002: Played in 13 games ... Had nine solo tackles and two assists ... Played 25 snaps on defense and 13 on special teams in the opener against Arkansas, registering two solo stops ... Also had two tackles on special teams in that game ... Had two solo tackles on special teams at Texas A&M ... Had an assisted tackle on special teams at Miami ... Had a solo tackle in the San Francisco Bowl.
High School: A PrepStar All-American who was listed as the No. 10 defensive back in the Atlantic Region ... Started three seasons as a defensive back and wide receiver for Coach Mark Bendorf at Robinson ... Finished with 180 tackles and eight interceptions for his career ... Named second-team Group AAA all-state by both The Associated Press and the state coaches following his senior season ... Earned all-district and all-region honors ... Registered 64 tackles, four interceptions and recovered two fumbles ... Blocked a punt ... Also had a 43-yard punt return ... Helped the team to a state championship in 2001 and a 33-3 overall record over three seasons ... Ranked the No. 27 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times and the No. 28 player by SuperPrep ... Rated the No. 94 player in the Mid-Atlantic Region by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Garnered all-district honors as a junior ... Had 11 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception against Centreville in the regional finals ... Also lettered in lacrosse and track.
Personal: Cary Dupree Wade ... Born 5/12/84 in Minneapolis, MN ... Son of Clifton and Beatrice Wade ... Majoring in sociology.