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    64 - Richard Graham Position: Offensive Tackle
    Class: r-Junior
    Height: 6' 6"
    Weight: 284 lbs.
    High School: St. Christopher's
    Hometown: Richmond, Va.
     
    photo Can fill in virtually anywhere along the offensive front ... Is slated to be the No. 2 man at right tackle, but could just as easily move to the left side ... Benefited from adding 15 pounds during the winter ... After picking up a limited amount of experience in 2006, found himself pressed into a starting role just before the 2007 season when Ed Wang was injured ... Started the team's first six games of the season at left guard ... Battled and learned each week under difficult circumstances ... Benefited from his work ethic and intelligence ... Moved back to the top backup role when Wang returned against Duke ... Gives the Hokies a versitle performer they can count on.

    2007: Started preseason working at guard, but was quickly moved to tackle ... Switched to the starting left guard spot before the first game ... Started and played 32 snaps against East Carolina ... Had three knockdown blocks at LSU ... Worked 43 plays against Ohio with three more knockdowns ... Played 52 snaps against William & Mary, including several at right tackle ... Had three knockdowns ... Was in for 35 snaps at Clemson ... Came off the bench for 30 snaps in the Duke game ... Played briefly in a reserve role at GT ... Played five snaps at tackle versus FSU ... Picked up five more against Miami ... Saw brief action in the ACC title game against BC.

    2006: Moved into the No. 2 spot at right tackle during the preseason ... Played 17 snaps against Northeastern and two at North Carolina ... Picked up seven offensive snaps against Duke ... Registered his first knockdown block while playing nine snaps against Southern Miss ... Was in for one offensive series at Wake Forest ... Got four more plays under his belt against Virginia ... Spent the majority of spring practice working at right tackle.

    2005: Was redshirted during the fall while working at the left offensive tackle position ... Had a 445-pound back squat during spring testing ... Switched to tight end during spring practice.

    High School: Played tight end and along the defensive line for Coach Paul Padalino at St. Christopher's ... Caught four passes for 51 yards as a senior in a run-oriented offense ... Contributed 51 tackles on the defensive side, including three quarterback sacks and seven tackles for losses ... Earned first-team VISFA Division 3 all-state honors as a tight end his senior year ... Helped team to an 8-2 record and state prep league championship ... Was school's first title since 1991 ... Was a quarterback and free safety early in his career before growing out of the positions ... Also excelled in basketball ... Ranked the No. 66 player in the state by The Roanoke Times.

    Personal: Richard Warwick Graham, Jr. ... Born 3/30/87 in Richmond, VA ... Son of Elizabeth Allen and Dr. Richard W. Graham ... Majoring in finance.

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