35 - Dustin Pickle Position: Tailback
Class: Senior
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 185 lbs.
High School: Salem
Hometown: Salem, Va.
photo A valuable performer who does whatever the coaches ask and finds a way to get the job done ... A key performer on special teams who also fills a spot at tailback ... Was honored as the team's top offensive hustler during 2008 off-season and spring workouts ... Was fourth on the team in special team plays last season, starting on three different units ... Turned in a personal-best 28-yard run in the Miami game ... Competed for the tailback duties during the spring and will be in the mix again when practice resumes ... A team-first guy who loves the game and plays it hard ... Began his Tech career as a walk-on and earned a scholarship.

2007: A backup tailback and starter on three special team units ... Saw action on 12 special team plays against ECU and 14 at LSU ... Picked up 13 yards on two carries in the Ohio game ... Also registered a tackle ... Carried twice for eight yards in the W&M game ... Contributed a tackle during 19 special team plays at Clemson ... Carried the football twice for 15 yards in the Duke game ... Also had a tackle while playing 18 downs on special teams ... Added another special team tackle in the BC game ... Was in on a tackle while working 20 special team plays against FSU ... Broke off a career-long 28-yard run against Miami and also contributed a tackle on special teams ... Graded 90 percent on two special team units while playing 19 plays at Virginia ... Posted a tackle in the Orange Bowl game against Kansas ... Rushed for a total of 47 yards on 11 carries during the season ... Was an Iron Hokie in off-season workouts ... Scored a TD on a 5-yard run during one spring scrimmage ... Ran for 33 yards on seven carries in another ... Was presented the Frank O. Moseley award for his hustle during the off-season and spring workouts.

2006: Saw action on the field goal and extra-point block team early ... Finished the season as a starter on the punt return and kickoff return teams ... Played 11 snaps on special teams at North Carolina ... Graded 90 percent or better on two special team units in the Duke game ... Got nine plays on special teams against Cincinnati ... Saw action on 12 special team plays in the Georgia Tech game ... Was on the field for 13 special team plays at BC and nine at Miami ... Picked up eight more plays at WFU ... Carried the football for a 3-yard loss in the Virginia game ... Was also in for nine special team plays ... His 3.88 second NFL shuttle time was tops among the running backs during spring testing ... Gained 17 yards on five carries during the Hokies' second spring scrimmage.

2005: Worked at whip linebacker on the scout team during the fall ... Played tailback in jayvee wins against Fork Union and Hargrave ... Ran for 61 yards on 10 carries versus FUMA ... Scored on a 14-yard run ... Rushed four times for 14 yards against Hargrave ... Moved from linebacker to tailback during the spring ... Carried eight times for 23 yards in second spring scrimmage and caught a 10-yard pass ... Won the Frank O. Moseley Award as the top offensive hustler during the spring.

High School: Lettered four years in football at running back/linebacker for Coach Stephen Magenbauer ... Named all-district and all-region in his career ... Led the team to a 2A state championship as a senior ... Rushed for 350 yards and caught 30 passes for 400 yards as a senior ... Also had 145 tackles, seven interceptions, three sacks and seven fumble recoveries as a senior ... Also lettered three years in baseball and one in track and field ... Named all-state, all-region and all-district in baseball ... A member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Dustin Michael Pickle ... Born 7/16/86 in Salem, VA ... Son of Mike and Sandra Pickle ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

Rushing G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2006 13 1 -3 -3.0 0 0
2007 14 11 47 4.3 0 28
Career 27 12 44 3.7 0 28

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2007 14 2 6 8 0-0 0-0