89 - Jonas Houseright Position: Linebacker
Class: r-Junior
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 212 lbs.
High School: Gate City
Hometown: Gate City, Va.
photo A smart player who has developed into a steady contributor on special teams ... Was especially successful on the punt and kickoff coverage units last fall ... Also plays a backup role at the backer position ... Combines good athletic ability with a tough, hard-nosed approach ... Is working to add more strength ... Has gained the coaches' trust with steady play ... Comes from a family of Tech football players.

2006: Earned a starting spot on the punt team and worked on three other units ... Saw brief action in games against Northeastern, UNC and Duke ... Was in for three special teams plays against Cincinnati ... Turned in a tackle, while working 11 special teams plays against Georgia Tech ... Picked up another special team tackle against USM and was in on two more versus Clemson ... Had 12 special team plays at Miami and 11 against Kent State ... Posted a tackle during 12 special team plays at Wake Forest ... Picked up five plays on the punt team and four on the kickoff unit against Virginia ... Played in every game, posting three tackles on kickoff and two on punt returns ... Improved on three of the four major lifts during spring max testing.

2005: Played on the jayvee and scout teams ... Contributed four tackles during a JV victory against Fork Union ... Improved on three of his four major lifts in the weight room during the winter ... Moved to the backer position for spring practice ... Had a pair of tackles and a pass interception during first spring scrimmage ... Was in on five tackles during the spring Maroon-White game.

2004: Joined the team as a walk-on ... Redshirted while working to add strength and bulk through the strength and conditioning program ... Practiced at the whip linebacker position during the spring.

High School: Played linebacker and tight end for coach Nick Colobro at Gate City High School ... Was named all-state, all-region and all-district as a tight end as a senior ... Also named all-district as a linebacker ... Helped lead team to 2003 Tennessee state championship in Class A Division II ... Participated in track and field in the 400 meter dash, and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Personal: Jonas Ian Houseright ... Born 5/17/85 in Kingsport, TN ... Son of Bill and Jenny Houseright ... Father, Bill, played football for Tech, as well as brothers Jake and Billy, uncle Tom Beasley and cousin Chad Beasley ... Enrolled in mining engineering.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2006 13 0 5 5 0-0 0-0
2007 13 4 5 9 0-0 0-0
Career 26 4 10 14 0-0 0-0