Came out of spring practice as the leading candidate for the starting job at field corner ... Missed some of the weekday practices to concentrate on academics, but made the most of the time that he was on the field ... Has really learned the game, allowing him to play fast and smooth ... Plays alot faster than his 40 time and packs a wallop ... An outstanding athlete who blocked a punt against Duke last season and ranked as the Hokies' top tackler on kickoffs ... Also contributed as the No. 2 man at the boundary cornerback position ... Started on three special team units and helped out on two others ... Is being looked to for a big year. 2007: Contributed at cornerback and on special teams ... Worked on five different special team units ... Picked up 13 plays on special teams during the opener with ECU ... Got 15 plays at corner against LSU and 10 more on special teams ... Posted a pair of tackles ... Added two more tackles against Ohio, playing 14 plays on special teams and six at corner ... Had 20 plays on special teams against W&M to go with a career-high 50 plays on defense ... Contributed four tackles and broke up two passes ... Was in on a tackle while playing 17 special team plays at Clemson ... Posted the Hokies' first blocked kick with a punt block at Duke ... Also played 15 downs on defense with a pair of tackles ... Was in on a special team tackle versus BC ... Had two more against Florida State ... Played seven snaps on defense and registered a sack against Miami ... Added two more tackles while playing on special teams ... Graded 90 percent on two special team units while seeing action on 19 plays at Virginia ... Missed some practices in the spring to devote time to class work ... Saw some time at field corner ... Posted five tackles and broke up a pass in one spring scrimmage ... Had four tackles, including one behind the line during the Maroon-White game. 2006: Played 17 defensive snaps against Northeastern ... Had four tackles ... Was slowed by an ankle injury and picked up just one special team play against North Carolina ... Worked five plays on special teams in the Duke game and four plays against Cincinnati ... Played in a jayvee game against Fork Union to pick up some extra reps ... Scored touchdowns in the game on a 46-yard interception return and a 22-yard fumble return ... Also saw special team duties against BC, Southern Miss and Clemson ... Did not play at Miami, but returned to special team duty against Kent State ... Had seven special team plays at Wake Forest ... Downed two punts inside the 20 against Virginia ... His 470-pound back squat was the second-best among the defensive backs during spring max testing ... Also had the second-fastest time in the 40 at 4.39 ... Had three tackles, two behind the line, in the first scrimmage of the spring. 2005: Entered school for the second semester and went through the off-season program ... Worked at the field corner position during spring practice ... Contributed a tackle in the Hokies' first spring scrimmage ... Posted three tackles in the Maroon-White game, including one for a 2-yard loss. High School: Played in a school-record 47 games during his career and was the only freshman to start for Rocky Mount ... Helped Coach B.W. Holt's team to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the 4A state semifinals in 2004 ... Played on offense, defense and special teams ... Posted 31 career touchdowns - 14 rushing, 10 receiving, three on kickoff returns, two on interception returns and two on punt returns ... Had 13 career interceptions and 363 tackles ... Contributed 98 tackles with two sacks and four interceptions, and also had 293 yards receiving his senior season ... Tallied 900 yards (rushing and receiving) and 13 touchdowns as a junior ... Earned first-team all-state defensive honors after totaling 81 tackles, four interceptions and four fumble recoveries as a junior ... Ranked the No. 25 player in the state of North Carolina by SuperPrep ... Ranked the No. 30 high school player in the state of North Carolina by rivals100.com ... Ranked the No. 45 safety in the nation and the No. 29 player in the state of North Carolina by scout.com. Personal: Stephan Denard Virgil ... Born 4/3/87 in Rocky Mount, NC ... Son of Richard and Sandra Virgil ... Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management.