Showed outstanding leadership during the off-season program and spring practice ... Will be expected to carry that role over to the fall as a returning starter ... His steady play at tackle contributed to the success of the defense last season ... Enjoyed his best season, while starting every game ... Likes playing the game, and plays it hard and physical ... Doesn't back down, especially at the point of attack ... Strong and athletic ... Will be an important cog in what the Hokies are hoping will be another stout defense. 2006: A starter at tackle ... Worked 30 defensive plays against Northeastern and contributed a tackle ... Turned in five tackles at North Carolina, including two behind the line ... Also had a QB hurry ... Had seven tackles in the Cincinnati game with a shared sack and a shared tackle for loss ... Was in on four tackles against Georgia Tech ... Registered a sack, six tackles and forced a fumble in the Southern Miss game ... Had two tackles, one behind the line, and a QB hurry against Clemson ... Broke up a pass and registered a hurry in the Miami game ... Posted a sack against Kent State ... Had a tackle and hurry at Wake Forest ... Contributed six tackles, a tackle for loss, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry in the win over Virginia ... Had 38 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a pass broken up ... Also contributed 6.5 tackles behind the line and seven quarterback hurries ... Earned the President's Award for his leadership on defense during off-season and spring workouts. 2005: Saw action in 12 games, five as a starter ... Started and played 36 snaps at NC State ... Suffered an ankle injury during that contest and missed the Duke game ... Returned for 20 plays against Ohio and 17 versus Georgia Tech ... Was in on two tackles, including one behind the line, against the Yellow Jackets ... Shared a sack in the Marshall game ... Returned to the starting lineup at Maryland ... Had two tackles and a QB hurry ... Also had two tackles against both BC and Miami ... Got 25 snaps at Virginia and 28 against UNC ... Was in on a tackle for loss against FSU ... Started against Louisville in the Gator Bowl ... Had 13 total tackles for the season and three QB hurries ... During the spring turned in two tackles and a sack in the first scrimmage ... Was in on three tackles during the Maroon-White game, including a sack ... Was one of two defensive players to earn the Frank O. Moseley Award for his hustle during the off-season and spring practice. 2004: Saw action in all 13 games, recording seven solo stops and 10 assists ... Included in those 17 tackles were 6.0 tackles for loss ... Also had six quarterback hurries and a forced fumble ... Had two stops, including 1.5 for loss, against NC State ... Had three tackles, including 1.5 for loss, against WVU ... Earned his first collegiate start against Florida A&M ... Played just 14 snaps in the big win ... Had a tackle and a forced fumble at Georgia Tech ... Had three tackles, including two for loss, in the win over Maryland ... Had a sack in the Sugar Bowl ... Given the Frank O. Moseley Award, awarded to the top defensive hustler, following spring practice ... Posted a 410-pound bench, a 600-pound back squat and a 316-pound power clean in spring testing. 2003: His 390-pound bench press in August was the top among Tech's reporting freshmen ... Spent a redshirt year working at defensive tackle ... Upped his bench to 415 pounds during scout team maxing during the fall ... Had a 575-pound back squat in spring testing ... Picked up four tackles in the 2004 spring game ... Two of his tackles were behind the line, including a sack for a loss of four yards. High School: Played inside linebacker for three years at Great Bridge before moving to defensive tackle as a senior ... Also played along the offensive line for Coach Noble Palmer ... Suffered through some nagging injuries his senior year, but still managed to post 60 tackles, five sacks and five fumble recoveries ... Blocked a punt ... Named an all-region selection for the Atlantic region by PrepStar as a defensive lineman ... Made the honorable mention All-Eastern Region football team as a lineman ... Rated the No. 24 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Picked as the No. 15 prospect in Virginia by SuperPrep ... No. 54 on Tom Lemming's All-Mid Atlantic team ... Finished his junior year with over 80 tackles and 15 tackles for loss ... A weight man on the track team ... Finished seventh in the Group AAA outdoor shot put competition as a senior. Personal: Carlton Eugene Powell, Jr. ... Born 8/14/85 in Norfolk, VA ... Son of Carlton and Jay Powell ... Has graduated with a degree in human nutrition, foods and exercise.