Was an important contributor in the Hokies' rotation at defensive end last season and figures to be even more important this year ... Averaged over 20 defensive plays a game, while seeing action in all 14 outings ... Has a real burst off the edge ... Plays extremely hard and is physical at the point of attack ... Got bigger and stronger over the winter ... Needs to be a little more consistent ... Will be counted on to help steady a young defensive unit. 2007: Played 25 defensive snaps and six special team plays against ECU ... Picked up four tackles while playing 36 plays, including 24 at end ... Had a tackle for loss and two total tackles against Ohio ... Contributed three tackles and two QB hurries while playing 26 defensive downs and seven special team plays against W&M ... Posted three tackles against UNC ... Picked up two quarterback sacks for minus 12 yards at Clemson ... Had a quarterback hurry at Georgia Tech ... Shared a tackle for loss in the FSU game ... Collected a hurry against Virginia ... Played 20 downs at end in the ACC title game against BC, registering a tackle and a QB hurry ... Finished the season with 22 total tackles and eight hurries ... Had two tackles, including one behind the line, during the Maroon-White spring game. 2006: Earned a spot on special teams ... Started on the kickoff and punt return/block teams, seeing action on 13 plays against Northeastern and three at UNC ... Played at end on 14 plays against Duke ... Recovered a fumble and returned it 12 yards ... Played 11 special team snaps and was in on a tackle ... Was in on eight defensive plays at BC and contributed a tackle for loss ... Got a season-high 18 plays at end against Southern Miss, while adding a tackle ... Registered a tackle during 12 defensive plays against Clemson ... Added 10 plays on special teams ... Was in on 21 plays at Miami, including 11 on defense ... Contributed two tackles at end ... Posted three tackles during 16 defensive plays against Kent State ... Played 15 defensive snaps and 12 special team plays in win over Wake Forest ... Had 11 plays on defense and 11 on special teams during the Virginia game ... Totaled three tackles in the bowl game against Georgia ... Finished the regular season with 106 plays on defense and 124 on special teams ... Had 12 total tackles ... Also had a fumble recovery and a 12-yard return. High School: An all-conference and all-state selection for Coach Steve Lindsey ... Missed two games with a knee injury his senior year, but still made 110 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss and three sacks ... Intercepted two passes ... Played defensive tackle as a junior ... Led the team with seven sacks and earned second-team all-conference honors ... In three varsity seasons, he made 390 tackles and had 12 sacks and three interceptions ... Rated the No. 19 weakside defensive end in the country by rivals.com ... Rated the No. 17 player on the Mid-Atlantic 47 team by SuperPrep ... Listed as the No. 14 player in his state by rivals.com in its final state rankings ... An All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar ... Also competed in track and field and basketball. Personal: Nekos Laprae-Brooks Brown ... Born 2/18/88 in Prince George's, MD ... Son of Chuck and Jocelyn Brown ... A human development major.