56 - Demetrius Taylor Position: Defensive End
Class: r-Sophomore
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 248 lbs.
High School: Kellam
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
photo Seems to have benefited from a move to defensive end during the spring ... Progressed as the spring went along, despite playing with his hand on the ground for the first time ... Showed some play-making ability ... Will get an even closer look when practice resumes in August ... Works hard, runs well and plays physical ... Excels in the weight room ... Began his Tech career as a linebacker.

2006: Played in eight games, recording an assisted tackle ... Worked a season-high 12 plays on defense against Duke ... Was in on 10 special teams plays in the Georgia Tech game ... Picked up Super Iron Hokie status during the off-season ... Registered a position record for a linebacker with a 365-pound push jerk ... Also posted the 10th best all-time power clean for a Tech football player at 360 pounds ... Had a personal-best 415-pound bench press ... Contributed five tackles and blocked a punt in the Hokies second scrimmage of the spring.

2005: Was redshirted while working at the mike linebacker position ... Gained Super Iron Hokie honors during the off-season ... Bench pressed 400 pounds and turned in the fifth-best push press on the team at 346 pounds ... Had a back squat of 570 pounds to go with a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump.

High School: Averaged more than 10 tackles per game as a senior linebacker for Coach Chris DeWitt at Kellam ... Forced five fumbles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass ... Also played tailback and rushed for 927 yards and 20 touchdowns ... Helped the team to an 8-2 record on the way to first-team All-Beach District honors as both a linebacker and running back ... Named to the Virginia All-Group AAA first-team all-state team by the Associated Press as a linebacker ... Named to the AAA all-state second team as a linebacker by the VHSCA ... Named a first-team All-Tidewater selection by The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot ... Ranked the No. 20 player in the state by The Roanoke Times ... Ranked the No. 38 inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 16 player in the state by rivals.com ... Ranked the No. 19 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep ... Ranked the No. 20 player in the state by scout.com ... Rated the No. 40 player in the Mid-Atlantic Coast by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Named to PrepStar's postseason All-Atlantic Region team ... A sprinter on the track team.

Personal: Demetrius A. Taylor ... Born 11/22/86 in Jacksonville, FL ... Son of Demetrius and Charmaine Taylor ... A sociology major.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2006 8 0 1 1 0-0 0-0
2007 9 0 3 3 0-0 0-0
2008 12 12 19 31 5-16 1.5-8
Career 29 12 23 35 5-16 1.5-8