66 - Brandon Holland Position: Offensive Guard
Class: Junior
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 330 lbs.
High School: Northside
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
photo Picked up some valuable experience last season ... Contributed as a backup at right guard and a starter on the field goal and extra point team ... Got his first collegiate start at right guard in the North Carolina game ... Showed improvement during 2008 spring workouts ... Needs to continue that progress through the summer and preseason ... His athleticism gives him a chance to earn playing time ... Is slated to work at the left guard position.

2007: His first action came as a starter on the extra point and field goal team ... Saw time on six plays at right guard against Ohio ... Picked up 31 snaps on offense in the William & Mary game ... Made his first collegiate start against UNC and played 21 snaps ... Picked up five snaps at guard against Miami ... Worked at left guard during spring practice.

2006: Spent time working with the scout team at left guard ... Made the dress squad for the Cincinnati game ... Saw his first varsity action with nine snaps against USM ... Got to play an offensive series at Wake Forest ... Picked up four plays against Virginia ... Improved in all four major lifts during spring strength and conditioning tests ... Improved his back squat by 60 pounds to 565.

2005: Enrolled at Tech for the spring semester ... Went through the winter strength and conditioning program ... Posted a 505-pound back squat during spring max testing ... Worked at the right offensive guard position during spring practice.

Prep School: Spent the fall semester playing defensive end for Coach Robert Prunty at Hargrave.

High School: Rated as the No. 23 prep school player in the nation by rivals.com following a season at Hargrave ... Originally signed with Tech as part of the 2004 class ... Played defensive end and tight end for Coach Jim Hickam at Northside ... Named first-team AA all-state by the Associated Press and the VHSCA ... Posted 46 tackles and three sacks during his senior season ... Named the district's defensive player of the year ... Had 75 tackles as a junior and scored a touchdown in a game against Liberty ... Ranked the No. 29 player in the state by The Roanoke Times in 2004 ... Ranked No. 20 in Virginia by rivals100.com ... Ranked No. 26 in Virginia by SuperPrep ... Named an All-Atlantic Region selection as a tight end by PrepStar ... Took third place in the shot put at the Group AA state track & field meet as a junior ... Was named All-Timesland in both football and track by The Roanoke Times.

Personal: Brandon Tyrell Holland ... Born 4/1/86 in Roanoke, VA ... Son of Deanna and James Claytor ... Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management.