A top contender for the No. 2 duties at the backer position ... Added some needed weight in the off-season program and showed steady improvement during spring workouts ... Combines toughness with a strong work ethic ... Has worked at both inside linebacker spots ... Was in on several key series at Clemson last season ... Also a valuable contributor on special teams, working with four different units ... Has the coaches' trust, but will need to be consistent ... Comes from a family of Tech football players. 2007: Started on the kickoff team and played four plays in the opening game with East Carolina ... Had five special team plays in the Ohio game ... Had one play at linebacker and contributed two tackles on special teams versus William & Mary ... Was in on a tackle against UNC ... Played three downs on defense at Clemson and had a tackle ... Also saw action on 12 special team plays ... Played eight downs at linebacker and 14 on special teams at Duke ... Graded 90 percent or better on two special team units against BC ... Turned in 17 special team plays at GT and registered a tackle ... Was in on a tackle during 13 special team plays against FSU ... Posted a tackle on special teams in the Virginia game ... Made a big hit on coverage against BC in the ACC title game ... Became a Super Iron Hokie during off-season workouts ... Was in on nine tackles during one of the Hokies' spring scrimmages. 2006: Earned a starting spot on the punt team and worked on three other units ... Saw brief action in games against Northeastern, UNC and Duke ... Was in for three special team plays against Cincinnati ... Turned in a tackle, while working 11 special team plays against Georgia Tech ... Picked up another special team tackle against USM and was in on two more versus Clemson ... Had 12 special team plays at Miami and 11 against Kent State ... Posted a tackle during 12 special team plays at Wake Forest ... Picked up five plays on the punt team and four on the kickoff unit against Virginia ... Played in every game, posting three tackles on kickoff and two on punt returns ... Improved on three of the four major lifts during spring max testing. 2005: Played on the jayvee and scout teams ... Contributed four tackles during a jayvee victory against Fork Union ... Improved on three of his four major lifts in the weight room during the winter ... Moved to the backer position for spring practice ... Had a pair of tackles and a pass interception during first spring scrimmage ... Was in on five tackles during the spring Maroon-White game. 2004: Joined the team as a walk-on ... Redshirted while working to add strength and bulk through the strength and conditioning program ... Practiced at the whip linebacker position during the spring. High School: Played linebacker and tight end for coach Nick Colobro at Gate City High School ... Was named all-state, all-region and all-district as a tight end as a senior ... Also named all-district as a linebacker ... Helped lead team to 2003 Virginia state championship in Class A Division II ... Participated in track and field in the 400-meter dash, and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Personal: Jonas Ian Houseright ... Born 5/17/85 in Kingsport, TN ... Son of Bill and Jenny Houseright ... Father, Bill, played football for Tech, as well as brothers Jake and Billy, uncle Tom Beasley and cousin Chad Beasley ... majoring in mining engineering.