Proved to be both a big winner and a big loser in the spring when he moved to the top of the depth chart at defensive tackle by losing weight ... Worked hard to shed weight, and as a result, began playing up to his talent level ... Has ability and does a lot of things naturally ... Is able to move in space and cause more problems for the offense ... Saw action in nine games last season as the Hokies' fifth tackle ... Needs to continue his progress over the summer and carry it into preseason workouts ... Has a chance to play an important role for the defense. 2007: Worked seven plays in the opener against ECU and was in on 15 defensive downs at LSU ... Picked up 11 plays against Ohio and was in on a tackle ... Registered a sack and two tackles behind the line while playing 26 defensive downs against W&M ... Had a QB hurry during a short stint in the UNC game ... Added another hurry at Clemson ... Was in on five plays at Georgia Tech and six versus Miami ... Earned the Biggest Loser Award as the player who lost the most weight during the off-season ... Contributed tackles for loss in two of the Hokies' first three spring scrimmages ... Was in on two tackles and a sack during the Maroon-White game. 2006: Earned a backup role at tackle ... Played 30 plays against Northeastern, posting a sack for a 6-yard loss ... Added another sack at UNC ... Collected a tackle for loss and three total hits versus Duke ... Had a quarterback hurry during nine plays against Cincinnati ... Played six defensive plays at BC with three tackles and 18 plays against Southern Miss with two stops ... Got 12 plays against No. 10 Clemson and 11 at Miami ... Contributed three tackles during 16 plays at tackle ... Played 12 snaps at Wake Forest and seven against Virginia ... Finished the season with 14 tackles ... Had three tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks ... Also had three QB hurries ... Had personal bests in three of the four major lifts during off-season strength and conditioning tests, including a 550-pound back squat ... Had a sack and a quarterback hurry in the first spring scrimmage. 2005: Worked at the tackle position while redshirting ... Had a 351-pound power clean during scout team max testing in the fall ... Registered three tackles and a pair of sacks during the Hokies' first scrimmage of the spring. High School: Had over 100 tackles, including 43 for loss and nine sacks, during his final season for Coach Eric Cooke at North Stafford ... Helped the team to the Virginia AAA Group 5 title game ... Also had a strong junior year from his nose guard position, finishing with 64 tackles, including 16 for loss and five sacks, and two blocked field goals ... Scored two touchdowns as a fullback in goal-line situations ... Named the Defensive Player of the Year by The Washington Post, as well as first-team All-Met ... Named first-team all-state by both the Associated Press and the VHSCA ... Named the Defensive Player of the Year in both the Commonwealth District and the Northwestern Region ... Led his team to the Virginia AAA Group 5 championship game ... Ranked the No. 18 player in the state by The Roanoke Times ... Named to PrepStar's postseason All-Atlantic Region team. Personal: Cordarrow Eugene Thompson ... Born 10/2/87 in Fairfax, VA ... Son of Eugene and Wanda Thompson ... Majoring in sociology.