66 - Brandon Holland Position: Offensive Guard
Class: Sophomore
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 326 lbs.
High School: Northside
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
photo Finished the spring No. 3 at right guard ... Has the ability to move higher, but his summer preparation and preseason performance will determine if he does ... Appeared headed for a redshirt year in 2006, then suddenly found himself on the dress squad due to continued depth problems along the line ... Played in jayvee games to get some extra work ... Saw brief duty in three games ... Got a lot of reps during spring practice, including some with the first unit ... Ended the spring much better than he started it ... Could give the Hokies a boost on the line if he shows continued progress.

2006: Spent time working with the scout team at left guard ... Made the dress squad for the Cincinnati game ... Saw his first varsity action with nine snaps against USM ... Got to play an offensive series at Wake Forest ... Picked up four plays against Virginia ... Improved in all four major lifts during spring strength and conditioning tests ... Improved his back squat by 60 pounds to 565.

2005: Enrolled at Tech for the winter semester ... Went through winter strength and conditioning program ... Posted a 505-pound back squat during spring max testing ... Worked at the right offensive guard position during spring practice.

Prep School: Spent the fall semester playing defensive end for Coach Robert Prunty at Hargrave.

High School: Rated as the No. 23 prep school player in the nation by rivals.com following a season at Hargrave ... Originally signed with Tech as part of the 2004 class ... Played defensive end and tight end for Coach Jim Hickam at Northside ... Named first-team AA all-state by the Associated Press and the VHSCA ... Posted 46 tackles and three sacks during his senior season ... Named the district's defensive player of the year ... Had 75 tackles as a junior and scored a touchdown in a game against Liberty ... Ranked the No. 29 player in the state by The Roanoke Times in 2004 ... Ranked No. 20 in Virginia by rivals100.com ... Ranked No. 26 in Virginia by SuperPrep ... Named an All-Atlantic Region selection as a tight end by PrepStar ... Took third place in the shot put at the Group AA state track & field meet as a junior ... Was named All-Timesland in both football and track by The Roanoke Times.

Personal: Brandon Tyrell Holland ... Born 4/1/86 in Roanoke, VA ... Son of Deanna and James Claytor ... Enrolled in university studies.