58 - Ryan Shuman Position: Center
Class: r-Junior
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 314 lbs.
High School: Fork Union
Hometown: Fork Union, Va.
photo Moved to center during the spring and is expected to start there this fall ... Appears much more comfortable at the position than at left guard where he started last season ... Had picked up some reps at center during the previous two springs ... Played with a lot of confidence this past spring ... Missed the Hokies' last four regular season games in 2006 after injurying his left knee early in the Clemson game ... Underwent arthroscopic surgery ... Returned for the Chick-fil-A Bowl ... A Super Iron Hokie in the weight room ... Coaches are hoping his move will provide a vocal leader and help solidify the offensive line.

2006: Took over the starting left guard position ... Got some occasional snaps at center during practice ... Graded 87 percent on 40 plays at guard against Northeastern ... Posted one knockdown block ... Added another knockdown at UNC, while playing 47 snaps ... Was in for 56 snaps against Duke ... Played every offensive snap against Cincinnati and Georgia Tech ... Struggled at BC, but came back to grade 95 percent with two knockdowns against Southern Miss ... Injured his knee seven plays into the Clemson game ... Underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left knee and sat out the rest of the regular season ... Returned for the bowl game against Georgia ... Made the move to center for the start of spring practice.

2005: Saw limited action in six games at center ... Was in for 17 plays at center against Duke and had a knockdown block ... Got 13 plays against Ohio and 15 versus Georgia Tech ... Saw action on seven snaps against Marshall ... Got 10 snaps in the Virginia game and saw limited action against UNC ... Earned Iron Hokie honors during the off-season ... Posted a personal-best 620-pound back squat, which was third-best on the team ... Continued to work at center during spring drills ... Won the Richard Bullock Award as the most improved offensive player.

2004: Was redshirted ... Given the Paul Torgersen Award, awarded to the top newcomer, following spring practice ... Posted a 300-pound push jerk and a 550-pound back squat in spring testing.

High School: Played center and defensive end for two seasons for Coach Mickey Sullivan at Fork Union after transferring from Fluvanna High School ... Earned all-prep, all-Central Virginia and all-state honors his junior and senior years at FUMA ... Was named second-team all-district following his sophomore season at Fluvanna ... Helped FUMA to the VISFA state championship in 2002 ... Contributed 76 tackles on defense his senior season ... Registered 10 sacks, two fumble recoveries and blocked a punt ... Turned in 56 tackles and six sacks as a junior ... Returned a fumble 61 yards for a touchdown that season ... Ranked the No. 22 player in the state by The Roanoke Times ... Listed as the state's No. 24 prospect by SuperPrep ... Lettered two years in basketball and one in baseball ... A member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: John Ryan Shuman ... Born 7/8/86 in Charlottesville, VA ... Son of John and Patricia Shuman ... His dad, John, is the head coach of the postgraduate football team at Fork Union Military Academy ... Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management.