28 - Branden Ore Position: Tailback
Class: r-Junior
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 205 lbs.
High School: Indian River
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
photo Has grown into a complete player who has the opportunity to become one of the premier running backs in the country ... Blends speed, strength and toughness with great vision ... Can catch the ball out of the backfield and has worked hard to improve his blocking ... Was the leading rusher in the ACC last fall until suffering a high ankle sprain on his second carry at Wake Forest ... Missed the Virginia game, but still earned first-team All-ACC honors at tailback and finished the season ranked second in rushing and first in both scoring and all-purpose yards ... Named the state's top offensive back by the Richmond Touchdown Club ... Earned honorable mention All-America honors from SI.com ... Became the first Virginia Tech player to post two 200-yard rushing performances - in a season, in a career, in a row ... Accomplished the feat in back-to-back games - five days apart - against Southern Miss and Clemson ... Is averaging 5.3 yards per carry for his two seasons at Tech ... A big-play threat, who will be one of the focal points of the Tech offense.

2006: Opened the season with 54 yards rushing and a touchdown on 11 carries against Northeastern ... Also caught two passes for 81 yards in that game, including a screen pass he turned into a 55-yard TD ... Ran for 111 yards and three touchdowns at UNC ... Carried the ball 22 times ... Added two catches for 37 yards on the way to ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors ... Rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the Duke game ... Picked up a career-high 170 yards on the ground against UC ... Had a career-high 25 carries in the game and scored a touchdown ... Broke 12 tackles ... Also caught a pass for a 34-yard gain ... Scored on a 26-yard run against Georgia Tech ... Posted back-to-back 200-yard games against USM and Clemson ... Had a career-high 207 yards and two touchdowns against the Golden Eagles, including a 70-yard TD run ... Gained 203 yards on a career-high 37 carries in win over the Tigers five days after the USM game ... Also scored twice in that game... Posted two touchdowns for the third-straight game, including the game-winner with less than two minutes left at Miami ... Gained 79 yards on 29 carries and caught two passes for 19 yards ... Accounted for 72 yards and a touchdown on the ground versus Kent State ... Suffered a high ankle sprain on Tech's sixth offensive play at Wake Forest and missed the rest of the game ... Had just one carry for 5 yards before leaving ... Sat out the Virginia game ... Returned for the bowl game against Georgia, carrying the ball 20 times for 42 yards and two touchdowns ... Posted 1,137 yards on 241 carries ... Had 16 touchdowns rushing and one receiving ... Had 18 pass receptions for 214 yards, an average of 11.9 yards a catch ... Turned in a personal-best 37-inch vertical jump during off-season testing ... Posted a 48-yard touchdown run during the second spring scrimmage ... Finished the day with 57 yards and two TDs on just three carries.

2005: Finished second on the team in rushing with 647 yards on 109 carries for an average of 5.9 yards per carry ... Scored six touchdowns ... Caught five passes for 36 yards ... Ran for 51 yards on 10 carries at Duke ... Scored on a 4-yard touchdown run ... Carried six times for 34 yards against Ohio and picked up 11 yards on six tries in the Georgia Tech win ... Had a 10-yard run against West Virginia ... Took over when Cedric Humes was injured in the Marshall game and ran for 146 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries ... Had a career-best 45-yard run ... Also caught a pass for 13 yards ... Rushed for 48 yards and a TD on nine carries at Maryland ... Had six carries for 30 yards in the BC game and 35 yards on four carries against Miami ... Led the team in rushing with 115 yards on 15 carries at Virginia ... Scored two touchdowns in that game ... Gained 104 yards and scored a TD during win over North Carolina ... Named ACC Rookie of the Week after both games ... Had 11 carries for 56 yards against Louisville ... On 109 carries for the season, had just two rushes for negative yards, totaling two yards ... Underwent shoulder surgery following the season ... Went home to rehab the shoulder during the spring semester.

2004: Was redshirted ... Had five rushes for 14 yards and two catches for 4 yards in the Maroon-White game ... Recorded a 324-pound push jerk in spring testing.

High School: A prep All-American who rushed for 1,280 yards and 18 touchdowns for Coach Cadillac Harris as a senior ... Added 70 tackles and three interceptions as a safety on defense ... Returned one of those picks for a touchdown ... Led his team to the state AAA Group 5 state semifinals ... Rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns in a win over two-time defending state champion Phoebus ... Was a first-team all-state pick by The Associated Press ... Named second-team all-state by the coaches ... First-team all-district as a running back and second team as defensive back ... Picked first-team All-Tidewater as a defensive back by The Virginian-Pilot ... Ran for 963 yards and 11 touchdowns his junior season ... Also contributed 15 pass receptions for 282 yards ... Rated the No. 7 player in the state by The Roanoke Times ... Listed as the No. 26 running back in the nation by SuperPrep ... Earned All-America honors from both SuperPrep and PrepStar.

Personal: Branden Kary-Allen Ore ... Born 2/17/86 in Norfolk, VA ... Son of James and Karey Ore ... Majoring in business.

Rushing G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2005 12 109 647 5.9 6 45
2006 12 241 1137 4.7 16 70
2007 14 267 992 3.7 9 34
Career 38 617 2776 4.5 31 70

Receiving G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2005 12 5 36 7.2 0 13
2006 12 18 214 11.9 1 55
2007 14 20 149 7.5 1 34
Career 38 43 399 9.3 2 55

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2006 12 3 0 3 0-0 0-0

K.O. Ret. G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2007 14 1 8 8.0 0 8