Won the starting job at right tackle with an outstanding showing during off-season and spring workouts ... Bought into the off-season strength and conditioning program ... Improved both his strength and his quickness ... Put those improvements to good use on the field and was named the team's top offensive newcomer during spring workouts ... Is both competitive and tough ... Became more physical in the running game ... Lacks experience, but works extremely hard and has a good understanding of the Tech system ... Has a bright future. 2007: Bench pressed 410 pounds during freshman testing ... Dressed for several of the Hokies' early games as a backup at right tackle ... Was held out of action and redshirted ... Turned in the top front squat among the offensive linemen during the winter at 480 pounds ... Earned Super Iron Hokie honors ... Won the Paul Torgersen Award as the top offensive newcomer during spring practice. High School: Ranked the No. 6 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Lettered three seasons as an offensive and defensive tackle for Coach Sean O'Hare ... Named a second-team All-Metro offensive tackle by The Richmond Times-Dispatch ... Was first-team All-Dominion District at offensive tackle and second team at defensive tackle his final year ... An all-academic performer in the Dominion District his junior season ... A member of the Rivals250 Team ... Listed as the No. 21 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player in the state by Rivals ... Rated the No. 10 player in the state of Virginia and the No. 42 offensive tackle in the country by Scout ... Listed as the No. 10 overall player on the Virginia 33 by SuperPrep ... A member of the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic Team ... An All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar ... Was the Dominion District and Central Region champion in the shot put his junior year, finishing third overall in the state. Personal: Blake Edward DeChristopher ... Born 9/8/88 at Dover AFB, DE ... Son of Robert and Reneé DeChristopher ... Enrolled in university studies.