- Defensive End
- 6' 4
- 250 lbs.
- High School/Other
- Hampton, Va.
A second-team All-ACC selection on the defensive line … Emerged as a playmaker … Leads the team with 8.5 sacks … Started all 13 games, recording 64 tackles, including 15 for loss … Also has two forced fumbles … Has played a major role for the Hokies.
2010: Made his first start in the Boise game … Contributed a sack and two tackles …Had a sack and shared a tackle for loss during a seven-tackle showing against JMU … Registered a pair of sacks and forced a fumble in the Boston College game … Had five tackles, including one for a loss at NC State … Was in on six tackles, one for a loss, against Central Michigan … Had two hurries and four tackles in the Wake Forest game … Picked up four hurries in the Duke game … Piled up a career-high 12 tackles and a sack in the Georgia Tech game … Shared a sack, was in on six tackles and had two hurries at UNC … Had four tackles against Miami with three going for losses, including two QB sacks … Also broke up a pass and had three hurries … Posted five tackles against Virginia … Contributed a sack among his three tackles in the ACC title tilt versus FSU.
2009: Played in all but one game … His 11 total tackles included 3.5 sacks … Also had seven hurries and two pass break ups … Saw action on nine plays at end and two on special teams against Alabama … Was in on a tackle for loss and broke up a pass … Posted a sack and a QB hurry during 19 defensive plays against Marshall … Played 11 downs at end against Nebraska … Had a sack in the Duke game for a 6-yard loss … Registered two tackles and a hurry against BC … Played 11 downs at end at Georgia Tech … Contributed two tackles during 15 plays against North Carolina … Was in for 14 plays at ECU, picking up a QB hurry and two tackles … Posted a QB sack during 23 plays at Maryland … Had a hurry in the Virginia game … Saw action against Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl … Had a 505-pound back squat and 35 1/2-inch vertical jump during off-season testing … Turned in at least one sack in each of the four scrimmages he participated in during the spring … Had a total of six sacks and eight tackles for loss during spring scrimmages and added three more TFLs, including two sacks in the spring Maroon-White game … One of his sacks in the spring game resulted in a safety … Won the Dr. Richard Bullock Award as the most improved defensive player during spring workouts.
2008: Played 79 downs on defense, collecting six tackles … Was credited with five tackles in the ECU game … Contributed a quarterback hurry while playing 31 downs at end against Furman … Had a tackle in eight plays against Georgia Tech … Was in on a play at end at Nebraska … Played five defensive downs against WKU … Played six downs on defense at BC and six more at Florida State … Saw some action in nine games, including the Orange Bowl … His 465-pound back squat was the second best among the defensive ends during off-season testing … Had the top 40 time at the position (4.59) … Was in on a tackle during Tech’s first scrimmage work of the spring, but missed the bulk of the workouts with an elbow injury.
2007: Turned in a 400-pound bench press during preseason testing … Was one of eight players to make all six of his strength and conditioning goals … Saw his first collegiate action with four defensive plays against Ohio … Was in on two tackles and had two hurries while playing 29 defensive downs against William & Mary … Had three hurries during the three games he played in … Turned in three tackles, including one for a loss, in one spring scrimmage and two sacks in another.
2006: Practiced at defensive end while redshirting in the fall … Posted a personal-best 33 1/2-inch vertical jump during spring testing … Put on some weight, but not enough to stay at end … Worked at outside linebacker during the spring.
2005: Entered school at the beginning of the second semester in January … Participated in the winter program … Worked at the stud end position during the spring … Posted a pair of tackles, including a quarterback sack, during the spring Maroon-White game.
High School: Helped Phoebus to the state championship game his sophomore and junior seasons … Missed two games his senior season because of a bruised knee but finished with 89 tackles, including 21 for loss and 17 sacks … Also had three forced fumbles and three blocked kicks … Had over 30 sacks his final two seasons for Coach Bill Dee … Named to the Virginia All-Group AAA first-team all-state team by The Associated Press as a defensive lineman … Named to the AAA all-state first team as a defensive end by the VHSCA … Named to the Newport NewsDaily Press all-star team … Ranked the No. 11 player in the state by The Roanoke Times … Ranked the No. 9 weak-side defensive end in the nation and the No. 7 player in the state by rivals.com … Listed as the No. 11 player in the state by scout.com … Ranked the No. 11 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep … Named an All-American and an All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar.
Personal: Steven J. Friday … Born 8/9/86 in Melbourne, FL … Son of Cynthia and Delmont Friday … A 2010 Tech graduate in apparel, housing and resource management (residential property management) … Plans to take classes toward a second undergraduate major.