50 - Chad Carlson Position: Defensive End
Class: r-Sophomore
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 239 lbs.
High School: Poquoson
Hometown: Poquoson, Va.
photo Was limited last year by a pair of hernia operations ... Showed progress his freshman year after joining the team as a walk-on ... Has an excellent work ethic and a team-first attitude ... Will help provide depth at end.

2006: Did not see action on the varsity squad ... Was limited early after having hernia surgery ... Had another surgery following the season ... Returned to practice at end during the spring.

2005: Joined the team as a walk-on ... Played on the scout and jayvee teams ... Posted a pair of tackles in the Hokies' JV win against Fork Union ... Contributed a tackle in the spring Maroon-White game.

High School: Lettered three years in football as a linebacker/fullback for Coach Don Ward ... Earned second-team all-state honors as a senior ... Led his team to the state championship game in 2005 ... Had 1,000 yards rushing and seven touchdowns as a senior ... Also had 100 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks, five fumble recoveries and a blocked punt in 2005 ... Also lettered three times in soccer and twice in swimming.

Personal: Chad R. Carlson ... Born 12/11/86 in Upper Hayford, England ... Son of Thomas and Anne Carlson ... Majoring in biological sciences.