Grove Voted a Unanimous All-American
Jones makes AP second team
December 15, 2003

BLACKSBURG - Jake Grove became just the third unanimous All-American in Virginia Tech football history Monday afternoon when he was named to the Associated Press' first-team All-America squad. Kevin Jones joined his center on the squad, making the second team.

For Grove, it marks the end of quite a few weeks. He has been named to the first-team of all five recognized All-America squads: the Football Writers Association of America, the American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News, the Walter Camp Football Foundation and now the AP. He was also named first-team All-BIG EAST and was presented the Rimington Trophy in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, honoring the nation's top collegiate center.

Grove joins center Jim Pyne (1993) and defensive end Corey Moore (1999) as the only other unanimous All-Americans in Hokie football history.

"This is a big honor and one that I humbly accept," said Grove. "It's a credit to the great players and coaches I have around me. And it doesn't hurt to have one of the best running backs in the nation behind me making us look good. To be in the same company as Jim Pyne and Corey Moore, knowing what great players they were at Virginia Tech, is truly amazing. I never thought when I came here that I would be where I am today and I owe it all to Coach [Frank] Beamer and this school for giving me a chance."

Grove, from Forest, Va., has graded out at 91.8 percent for the season on over 700 offensive plays and leads the offensive line in knockdowns with 48.

Jones, a junior running back from Chester, Pa., has broken three school records this year with one game remaining. He rushed for 241 yards at Pittsburgh and has rushed for 1,494 yards this season. He also has eight 100-yard games this year. All three are new school marks. One of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, Jones is a consensus All-American, making four first teams (FWAA, AFCA, Walter Camp and Sporting News) and the AP second team.