Provided some depth along the offensive line last season, seeing brief duty in a couple of games ... Got his weight up and added some strength during the off-season program ... Did some positive things during the spring that showed the coaches he could play at Tech's level ... Moves well and has a good head on his shoulders ... Is slated to work at center, but can move around if needed. 2007: Saw his first collegiate action with two plays at left guard in the Ohio game ... Picked up five plays against Miami ... Spent most of his practice time at center ... Also listed at right tackle late in the season ... Worked at the center position during spring practice. 2006: A walk-on who worked at center during a redshirt year. High School: Lettered two seasons as a tackle for Coach Will Kitchen at Godwin ... Also competed as a heavyweight on the wrestling team. Personal: Barrett James Mears ... Born 2/22/88 in Richmond, VA ... Son of Doug and Patty Mears ... Majoring in accounting and information systems.