Is coming off his best spring practice ... Has benefited from the strength and conditioning program since joining the team as a walk-on in 2005 ... Helps provide depth at end and has made some valuable contributions as a member of the scout team ... Always brings an excellent work ethic and a team-first attitude to the field. 2007: Joined practice prior to the Ohio game ... Worked at end on the scout team ... His 430-pound front squat was second-best among the defensive ends during winter workouts ... Was in on a tackle during the Maroon-White spring game. 2006: Did not see action on the varsity squad ... Was limited early after having hernia surgery ... Had another surgery following the season ... Returned to practice at end during the spring. 2005: Joined the team as a walk-on ... Played on the scout and jayvee teams ... Posted a pair of tackles in the Hokies' jayvee win against Fork Union ... Contributed a tackle in the spring Maroon-White game. High School: Lettered three years in football as a linebacker/fullback for Coach Don Ward ... Earned second-team all-state honors as a senior ... Led his team to the state championship game in 2005 ... Had 1,000 yards rushing and seven touchdowns as a senior ... Also had 100 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks, five fumble recoveries and a blocked punt in 2005 ... Also lettered three times in soccer and twice in swimming. Personal: Chad R. Carlson ... Born 12/11/86 in Upper Hayford, England ... Son of Thomas and Anne Carlson ... Majoring in biology.