Jacob Sykes Position: Flanker
Class: Freshman
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs.
High School: Goldsboro
Hometown: Goldsboro, N.C.
photo Will likely be redshirted after joining the Hokies in January ... Showed good speed during off-season testing, but will need to continue working to improve his strength ... Picked up some valuable reps and exposure to the Tech system during spring practice ... Will get a chance to learn from being around an experienced group of veteran receivers this fall.

2006: Enrolled at Tech in January and participated in spring workouts ... Ran 4.48 in the 40 during spring max tests ... Worked at the flanker position during spring practice.

High School: Served as a wide receiver, free safety and return man for Coach Maurice Jackson at Goldsboro ... As a senior, he caught 24 passes for three touchdowns ... Averaged over 20 yards per catch ... Added 107 yards and one TD on the ground, as well as 68 tackles and two interceptions on defense ... Also contributed over 300 yards on punt returns and 475 yards on kickoff return ... Scored on a 75-yard kickoff return ... Named all-area, all-conference and all-state ... Caught 22 passes for 400 yards and two TDs as a junior ... Finished his career with nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards during his career, including 1,086 yards receiving ... Listed as the No. 28 player in his state by rivals.com in its final state rankings ... An All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar.

Personal: Forrest Jacob Sykes ... Born 4/27/88 in Wake County, NC ... Son of Jerry and Deborah Sykes ... A business major.

Punt Ret. G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2008 8 1 24 24.0 0 0