59 - Barry Booker Position: Defensive Tackle
Class: r-Senior
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 290 lbs.
High School: Amherst
Hometown: Madison Heights, Va.
photo Played well during his first year as a starter ... Has shown steady progress and the ability to make plays since arriving on campus ... Used his athleticism to lead the defensive line in tackles in 2006 ... Made a key fourth-down stop during win at No. 14 Wake Forest ... Tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 52 ... Won the Coaches' Award for the best spring practice on defense.

2006: Moved into the starting lineup during the preseason and started every game ... Played 493 downs on defense and 31 on special teams during the regular season ... Posted 52 tackles, seven behind the line ... Tied for third on the team with 12 quarterback hurries ... Made his first collegiate start in the Northeastern game ... Played 29 defensive downs and posted two tackles ... Had three tackles, one for a loss, broke up a pass and had a quarterback hurry in the win at UNC ... Contributed a pair of quarterback hurries in the Duke game ... Was all over the field against Cincinnati, posting 10 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, a shared sack and a hurry ... Registered six tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss, against Georgia Tech ... Posted six tackles against Southern Miss, registering a sack for a 16-yard loss that caused a fumble ... Was in on four tackles against Clemson and added a fumble recovery and a QB hurry ... Registered three tackles, two hurries and a batted pass at Miami ... Also caused an interception in that game ... Had a key fourth-down stop near the Tech goal line at Wake Forest ... Finished the game with five tackles, one behind the line, and two hurries ... Was in on four tackles, including one behind the line, against Virginia ... Had three tackles against Georgia ... Turned in the fastest 10-yard time among the defensive tackles during spring testing with a time of 1.62 seconds.

2005: Saw action in 12 games ... Posted 13 total tackles, including two behind the line ... Had four QB hurries ... Recovered a fumble against NC State ... Played on 25 plays in each of the Hokies' first two games ... Had four tackles, including one for a loss at Duke ... Added four more against Ohio ... Posted a tackle for a 4-yard loss in the West Virginia game ... Assisted on three tackles against Marshall ... Was in for 18 plays at Maryland and 17 versus Miami ... Had 12 plays at Virginia and 11 against UNC ... Turned in the best 40 time among the defensive tackles during the spring at 4.82 ... Had three tackles, including a tackle for loss in first spring scrimmage ... Earned the Coaches' Award as the defensive player who had an exceptional spring.

2004: Played in one game ... Recorded one solo tackle and one assist ... Also had a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble ... Recorded a 350-pound bench and a 316-pound power clean in spring testing.

2003: Worked to add weight while taking a redshirt year ... Spent most of practice time at tackle ... Bench pressed 350 pounds and had a 500-pound back squat during spring max testing ... Posted a sack for the winning White team in the 2004 Maroon-White game ... Finished the game with a total of four tackles.

High School: Played a number of positions for Coach Scott Abell at Amherst, including tight end, fullback and defensive tackle ... Named an all-region selection for the Atlantic region by PrepStar as a defensive lineman ... Was a 2002 AA second-team all-state selection by The Associated Press as a defensive lineman ... A first-team selection to the 2002 AA Coaches all-state team at the defensive end position ... Notched 68 tackles and 13 sacks on defense while rushing for 250 yards and catching nine passes for three touchdowns on offense his senior season ... Registered 10 sacks and was named to the all-district team as a junior ... Rated the No. 24 defensive tackle in the nation by Tom Lemming on ESPN.com ... The No. 17 player in Virginia as ranked by SuperPrep magazine ... Rated the No. 18 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... One of the top 40 linebackers/defensive ends in the ACC area as ranked by the preseason G&W Recruiting Report.

Personal: Barry Nathaniel Booker, Jr. ... Born 11/13/85 in Fort Campbell, KY ... Son of Barry and Patsy Booker ... Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2004 1 1 1 2 0-0 0-0
2005 12 2 11 13 2-9 0-0
2006 13 16 36 52 7-41 1.5-21
2007 14 22 24 46 10.5-39 4-29
Career 40 41 72 113 19.5-89 5.5-50