91 - John Graves Position: Defensive Tackle
Class: r-Freshman
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 279 lbs.
High School: Meadowbrook
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
photo A highly regarded young player with a bright future ... Was Tech's top defensive newcomer during the spring ... Worked mainly at tackle while redshirting last fall, then picked up some reps at end during the spring ... Plays hard and has quickness and strength ... Could end up in the five-man rotation at both positions ... Is definitely slated to see some action at tackle ... Should continue to get better as he gains experience ... Has the ability to become a playmaker for the Hokies.

2006: Was redshirted while working at defensive tackle ... Posted a 390-pound bench press and 360-pound push jerk during spring max testing ... Led the tackles with a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump ... Got some work at end during spring practice ... Won the Paul Torgersen Award as the top defensive newcomer in the spring.

High School: An All-America selection by PrepStar and SuperPrep ... Played defensive end and offensive guard as a four-year starter for Coach Bill Bowles at Meadowbrook ... Ranked the No. 7 player in the state by The Roanoke Times in its postseason list ... Ranked the No. 7 player in Virginia by SuperPrep ... Listed as the No. 11 player in his state by rivals.com in its final state rankings ... Had 65 tackles as a senior, including nine sacks and 12 tackles for loss, in earning district defensive player of the year honors ... Also had two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five blocked kicks ... Named first-team all-state by The Associated Press as a defensive lineman ... Named first-team all-state by the VHSCA as both an offensive guard and defensive end ... Earned first-team All-Metro honors from the Richmond Times-Dispatch ... Named first-team all-Central District as both an offensive guard and a defensive end ... Set a school record by blocking 12 kicks during his career ... Scored defensive touchdowns this past season on an interception and a fumble return ... As a junior, was the Central District, region and All-Metro defensive player of the year in leading his team to a State AAA, Group 5 state title ... Rated the No. 21 strongside defensive end in the country by rivals.com ... Listed as the No. 32 defensive lineman in the country by SuperPrep ... Rated the No. 34 defensive tackle in the country by scout.com ... Rated the No. 90 player in the country and the No. 22 defensive end in the country by collegefootballnews.com ... Ranked the No. 54 postseason prospect on the scout.com East Region Hot 100 ... Started every game on varsity during his four-year career.

Personal: John Walter Graves ... Born 6/25/87 in Richmond, VA ... Son of John and Joyce Graves ... Enrolled in university studies.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2007 14 6 5 11 2.5-4 0-0
2008 12 3 9 12 0-0 0-0
Career 26 9 14 23 2.5-4 0-0