22 Stephan Virgil
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    • Cornerback
    • Senior
    • 5' 11"
    • 189 lbs.
    • Rocky Mount
    • Rocky Mount, N.C.
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    Tech’s most experienced cornerback … Ranks as the leading candidate to fill Macho Harris’ vacated spot at boundary corner … Missed time during the spring due to class conflicts, but the coaches know what he can do … A productive player who can change a game … Plays fast and hits hard … Started all 14 games at the field corner position last fall … Returned a fumble for a touchdown against East Carolina … Made a game-clinching interception at UNC … Blocked a punt for a safety at Nebraska … Had a big interception in the ACC title game … Tied for the team lead with six interceptions … Has made a lot of progress during his Tech career … Will be counted on as one of the leaders on the defense this season.

    2008: Won the starting field corner job during the preseason … Started every game … Also a member of four special team units … Posted 43 total tackles and tied for the team lead in interceptions with six … Added four breakups … Named ACC Defensive Back of the Week in his first start after posting a career-best six tackles and scoring eight points against East Carolina … Returned a fumble for a touchdown and a blocked extra point for a two-point defensive PAT … Intercepted a pass and had five tackles, two for losses, in the Furman game … Was in on four tackles against Georgia Tech … Insured the UNC win with an interception during the final minutes and added five tackles … Blocked a punt for a safety to start Tech’s scoring in the Nebraska game … Also forced a crucial fumble, broke up a pass and contributed five tackles … Contributed a tackle and broke up a pass against WKU … Added three tackles at BC … Played every defensive snap at FSU and against Maryland … Had three tackles against the Terps … Picked off two passes in the Duke game … Had three tackles and broke up a pass against Virginia … Returned an interception 36 yards against BC to set up a Tech touchdown during the ACC title game … Also chipped in with four tackles … Intercepted a pass and registered three tackles, including one for a loss, during the Orange Bowl win over Cincinnati … Earned Iron Hokie status during the off-season program … Switched to the boundary corner position during the spring … Picked up four tackles during the spring Maroon-White game.

    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 (residential property management).

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