A big-play man who earned second-team All-ACC honors last year ... Teams up with Vince Hall to form one of the top linebacking duos in the country ... Has started every game over the past two seasons ... Covers a lot of ground quickly ... Tech's best sideline-to-sideline defender ... Contributed key plays in each of the Hokies' last three conference games in 2006 ... Intercepted a pass to set up the winning touchdown at Miami ... Returned a fumble for a TD to ice a win at No. 14 Wake Forest ... Forced a fumble with a sack to pave the way for Tech's first touchdown against Virginia ... Was second on the team in tackles (82) and tied for second in interceptions (3) ... Shared the ACC lead in forced fumbles with three ... Plays fast, smart and aggressive ... Is being counted on for leadership. 2006: Started all 13 games at the backer position, seeing action on 699 plays ... Also chipped in 97 plays on special teams ... Finished the season with 82 total tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, three passes broken up and three forced fumbles ... Had seven tackles, including one behind the line, in the opener against Northeastern ... Also picked up a quarterback hurry ... Intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards to set up Tech's first touchdown at UNC ... Led the team with eight tackles ... Played every defensive down against Cincinnati ... Contributed 13 tackles and forced a fumble ... Was in for every defensive play against Georgia Tech, contributing nine tackles, including a sack ... Picked up a shoulder stinger in the Southern Miss game ... Came back against Clemson and set up a touchdown with an interception ... Also had five tackles and broke up two more passes ... Won ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors after posting nine tackles, two hurries, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception at Miami ... His pick in that game set up Tech's winning TD ... Was in on five tackles against Kent State ... Picked up a fumble and returned it 35 yards for a key touchdown at Wake Forest ... Set up Tech's first touchdown against Virginia by causing a fumble with a sack at the UVa 12, earning ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors again ... Also contributed eight tackles and another tackle for loss ... Had four tackles against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. 2005: Compiled 69 total tackles, including seven behind the line ... Also had three sacks, two interceptions, four pass breakups and four QB hurries ... Played 592 defensive plays during the season and was in on 71 special teams plays ... Made his first collegiate start in the opener at NC State ... Played every defensive down and contributed eight tackles ... Had four tackles, including one for a loss against Duke ... Picked off a pass and returned it 25 yards in win over Ohio ... Registered his second interception of the season against Georgia Tech and took it 25 yards for a touchdown ... Had a personal-best 10 tackles at West Virginia, including a quarterback sack ... Repeated those numbers against Maryland ... Picked up his third sack of the season in the Boston College game ... Had seven tackles against both BC and Miami ... Collected six tackles, including one for a loss, in win over UNC ... Was in on four tackles, one behind the line, against Florida State ... Had four tackles in the Gator Bowl against Louisville ... Turned in the fastest time among the linebackers in the 40 during spring testing with a 4.41 clocking ... Posted five tackles and broke up a pass in first spring srimmage ... Was in on six tackles during the spring game, including two behind the line ... Shared the George Preas Award as the most valuable defensive player in the spring with Chris Ellis. 2004: Played in seven games, recording 21 solo stops and four assists ... Included in those 25 tackles were 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks ... Also had one interception, one forced fumble and two quarterback hurries ... Played 192 snaps on defense and 13 on special teams in the regular season ... Was lost for six games after suffering a torn tendon in his right biceps muscle during the opening game against USC ... Injury happened on his 23rd play as a collegian ... Had surgery the following week ... Made a remarkable recovery and returned to the field against Georgia Tech ... Played 43 snaps in that game, recording eight tackles, seven of which were solo stops ... Had a forced fumble on his first drive ... Also had 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks ... Recorded his first career interception in the win over Maryland ... Recorded a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 340-pound bench and a 4.5 40-yard dash in spring testing. 2003: Redshirted while working at the backer position during the fall ... Turned in a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump during scout team testing during the season ... His 365-pound bench press during spring max testing was tops among the inside linebackers ... Contributed three tackles, including one for a loss in Tech's first spring scrimmage ... Was one of the team leaders with five tackles in the team's third scrimmage ... Contributed three tackles in the annual Maroon-White game. High School: Named an All-American by PrepStar as a defensive lineman and an All-American by SuperPrep as a linebacker ... Played for Coach Bill Dee at Phoebus High ... Helped his team to back-to-back Group AAA championships ... Was a 2002 AAA first-team all-state selection by The Associated Press as a defensive lineman ... A first-team and defensive player of the year selection to the 2002 AAA coaches all-state team at the defensive end position ... Named to the VHSCA All-Eastern Region first team as a defensive end ... Named to the first-team Newport News Daily Press All-Star Team as a defensive lineman ... A three-time Daily Press All-Star ... Was the leader of a Phantoms' defense that held opponents to fewer than five points a game ... Finished with a team-best 13.5 sacks and 100-plus tackles, including 31 for loss ... Also rushed for 575 yards and 11 TDs at fullback ... A first-team all-region selection at end ... A first-team selection to the 2001 AAA Coaches and Associated Press all-state teams at defensive lineman as a junior ... Rated the No. 96 prospect nationally, the No. 12 player in the Mid-Atlantic region and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Virginia by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Ranked the No. 1 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Rated the No. 4 linebacker in the nation and the No. 1 player in Virginia by SuperPrep. Personal: Xavier Oyekola Adibi ... Born 10/18/84 in Stillwater, OK ... Son of Abiodun and Leanne Adibi ... Brother of former Tech defensive end Nathaniel Adibi ... Majoring in apparel, housing and resource management.