35 - Dustin Pickle Position: Tailback
Class: Junior
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 184 lbs.
High School: Salem
Hometown: Salem, Va.
photo A player who loves the game and finds a way to get things done ... Is in the mix for backup duties at tailback, but may see the field first on special teams ... Has worked on both sides of the ball since joining the team as a walk-on ... Is benefiting from the strength and conditioning program ... A team-first player who will help the Hokies.

2006: Saw action on the field goal and extra-point block team early ... Finished the season as a starter on the punt return and kickoff return teams ... Played 11 snaps on special teams at North Carolina ... Graded 90 percent or better on two special team units in the Duke game ... Got nine plays on special teams against Cincinnati ... Saw action on 12 special team plays in the Georgia Tech game ...Was on the field for 13 special team plays at BC and nine at Miami ... Picked up eight more plays at WFU ... Carried the football for a 3-yard loss in the Virginia game ... Was also in for nine special team plays ... His 3.88 second NFL shuttle time was tops among the running backs during spring testing ... Gained 17 yards on five carries during the Hokies' second spring scrimmage.

2005: Worked at whip linebacker on the scout team during the fall ... Played tailback in jayvee wins against Fork Union and Hargrave ... Ran for 61 yards on 10 carries versus FUMA ... Scored on a 14-yard run ... Rushed four times for 14 yards against Hargrave ... Moved from linebacker to tailback during spring ... Carried eight times for 23 yards in second spring scrimmage and caught a 10-yard pass ... Won the Frank O. Moseley Award as the top offensive hustler during the spring.

High School: Lettered four years in football at running back/linebacker for Coach Stephen Magenbauer ... Named all-district and all-region in his career ... Led team to a 2A state championship as a senior ... Rushed for 350 yards and caught 30 passes for 400 yards as a senior ... Also had 145 tackles, seven interceptions, three sacks and seven fumble recoveries as a senior ... Also lettered three years in baseball and one in track and field ... Named all-state, all-region and all-district in baseball ... A member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Dustin Michael Pickle ... Born 7/16/86 in Salem, VA ... Son of Mike and Sandra Pickle ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

Rushing G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2006 13 1 -3 -3.0 0 0
2007 14 11 47 4.3 0 28
Career 27 12 44 3.7 0 28

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2007 14 2 6 8 0-0 0-0