56 - Demetrius Taylor Position: Defensive Tackle
Class: r-Junior
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 256 lbs.
High School: Kellam
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
photo One of the biggest surprises of the spring with his play at the tackle position ... Moved over from end prior to spring workouts ... Turned some heads with the ease in which he made the transition ... Caused problems for the offense with his quickness and tremendous leverage ... Moved into the No. 2 spot at the nose tackle position ... A Super Iron Hokie in the weight room who gets off the ball in a hurry ... Played on three special team units last season and served as a back up at end ... Has a great work ethic and a real desire to help the team ... Can help solidify the defensive line if he maintains his current level of play.

2007: Did not see action in the opening game ... Started on the punt return team at LSU and was in on four plays ... Worked three plays at end against Ohio ... Played 23 snaps on defense against William & Mary ... Had nine special team plays at Clemson ... Posted two special team tackles and also played nine downs at end ... Played 12 special team plays against Georgia Tech and seven versus Florida State ... Contributed a special team tackle against Miami ... Had a 370-pound power clean and a 400-pound push jerk on the way to Super Iron Hokie honors during the off-season ... Moved inside to tackle during spring drills ... Contributed five tackles in one spring scrimmage and had a sack in another ... Also registered a sack in the Maroon-White game ... Won the Richard Bullock Award as the most improved defensive player of the spring.

2006: Played in eight games, recording an assisted tackle ... Worked a season-high 12 plays on defense against Duke ... Was in on 10 special team plays in the Georgia Tech game ... Picked up Super Iron Hokie status during the off-season ... Registered a position record for a linebacker with a 365-pound push jerk ... Also posted the 10th best all-time power clean for a Tech football player at 360 pounds ... Had a personal-best 415-pound bench press ... Contributed five tackles and blocked a punt in the Hokies second scrimmage of the spring.

2005: Was redshirted while working at the mike linebacker position ... Gained Super Iron Hokie honors during the off-season ... Bench pressed 400 pounds and turned in the fifth-best push press on the team at 346 pounds ... Had a back squat of 570 pounds to go with a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump.

High School: Averaged more than 10 tackles per game as a senior linebacker for Coach Chris DeWitt at Kellam ... Forced five fumbles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass ... Also played tailback and rushed for 927 yards and 20 touchdowns ... Helped the team to an 8-2 record on the way to first-team All-Beach District honors as both a linebacker and running back ... Named to the Virginia All-Group AAA first-team all-state team by the Associated Press as a linebacker ... Named to the AAA all-state second team as a linebacker by the VHSCA ... Named a first-team All-Tidewater selection by The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot ... Ranked the No. 20 player in the state by The Roanoke Times ... Ranked the No. 38 inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 16 player in the state by rivals.com ... Ranked the No. 19 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep ... Ranked the No. 20 player in the state by scout.com ... Rated the No. 40 player in the Mid-Atlantic Coast by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Named to PrepStar's postseason All-Atlantic Region team ... A sprinter on the track team.

Personal: Demetrius A. Taylor ... Born 11/22/86 in Jacksonville, FL ... Son of Demetrius and Charmaine Taylor ... A sociology major.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2006 8 0 1 1 0-0 0-0
2007 9 0 3 3 0-0 0-0
2008 12 12 19 31 5-16 1.5-8
Career 29 12 23 35 5-16 1.5-8