Heads into preseason practice at the top of the depth chart at the whip linebacker position ... Has gained plenty of experience while serving as a top back up at the position the past two seasons ... Has also been an important contributor on special teams ... A physical player with good size and speed ... Ranks as a Super Iron Hokie in the strength and conditioning program ... Was recognized for putting the team first during spring practice. 2006: Saw action in all 13 games on either defense or special teams ... Recorded seven tackles on the year ... Had two tackles and a pass broken up on 20 defensive plays against Northeastern ... Also broke up a pass at North Carolina ... Contributed two tackles against Duke ... Played on special teams versus Cincinnati and Georgia Tech ... Saw action on four defensive plays in the win over Southern Miss ... Played at both whip linebacker and on special teams against Clemson ... Contributed a tackle against Kent State, while seeing some action on both defense and special teams ... Played on all four kickoffs against Virginia and four against Georgia ... Won the Don Williams Team United Award as the defensive player that put the team first during spring practice ... Was in on four tackles during the Hokies' second scrimmage of the spring. 2005: Played in all 13 games ... Saw his first action at whip linebacker in the Duke game ... Contributed two tackles and broke up a pass against Ohio ... Played 23 downs on defense and eight more on special teams against Marshall ... Only saw special teams action in the final seven games of the season ... Had four tackles and a pass breakup to his credit ... Posted a personal-best 336-pound push jerk during spring testing ... Also ran a 4.48 in the 40 ... Had two tackles and recovered a fumble in first major scrimmage of spring practice ... Was in on three tackles during Maroon-White game and broke up a pass. 2004: Saw action in 10 games, mostly on special teams ... Defensive action came at free safety ... Recorded one solo tackle and three assists ... Played 21 snaps on defense and 61 on special teams ... Posted a 340-pound bench, a 460-pound back squat, a 285-pound power clean and a 304-pound push jerk in spring testing ... Also recorded a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump ... 2003: Redshirted during the fall ... Practiced at free safety ... His 340-pound bench press led the returning defensive backs ... Registered a personal-best 520-pound back squat during spring testing ... Posted four tackles during Tech's second scrimmage of the spring ... Picked off a pass in the final scrimmage ... Had a tackle and a fumble recovery during the Maroon-White game ... 2002: Enrolled at Tech in January 2003 ... Tied for the top bench press among the defensive backs during off-season testing with a lift of 320 pounds ... Added a 400-pound back squat ... Worked at free safety during spring practice ... Was in on five tackles during one of the Hokies' spring scrimmages. Prep School: Helped Hargrave to a 9-1 season ... Played for Coach Robert Prunty ... Had 48 solo tackles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions ... Had four tackles, a tackle for loss and three passes broken up in a game against the Virginia Tech jayvee team. High School: Played for Coach Rick Swain at Gainesville High ... Named to the all-area team by The Gainesville Sun as a senior ... Caught 29 passes for 443 yards and three touchdowns his final season. Personal: Corey Daven Gordon ... Born 6/9/84 in Gainesville, FL ... Son of David and Gloria Gordon ... Majoring in human development.