Four Named to All-State Team
Suggs, Grove, Adibi, Pile honored
December 20, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Four Virginia Tech football players were honored Friday, being named to the Virginia Sports Information Director's 2002 Division I All-State team. Running back Lee Suggs and center Jake Grove were offensive team selections, while defensive end Nathaniel Adibi and free safety Willie Pile made the defensive team.

Suggs, a senior, started all 13 games for the Hokies at tailback this season after rebounding from an ACL injury in 2001. He rushed for 1,255 yards on the season and had 11 catches for 126 yards. Suggs broke a 32-year-old NCAA Division I-A record for consecutive games with touchdowns scored when he crossed the goal line versus West Virginia, scoring in 24 straight contests. Suggs extended the streak to 26 games with a touchdown against Virginia and Miami, while also breaking the NCAA record for most games in a season with a score (13). Suggs was named to the All-BIG EAST second team and brought home the Dudley Award, given to the best football player in the state of Virginia.

Grove, a junior, started 13 games at center in 2002, after playing at right guard in 2001. Grove is the only player ever to grade out above 80 percent in every game, and graded out at 90 percent or above in nine regular season contests. Grove had a team-high 43 knockdown blocks to clear the way for Tech's rushing attack. He was a nominee for both the Lombardi and Outland Awards, given to the nation's top lineman.

Adibi, a junior, started 12 of Tech's 13 games this season at defensive end and was a major part of Tech's end rotation. He had a career-high nine sacks on the season, including three against Texas A&M. Adibi registered 51 tackles, including 15 for loss and 16 quarterback hurries. On special teams, he blocked a kick for the first time in his career against Pittsburgh. Adibi was one of 10 semifinalists for the Hendricks Award, given to the nation's top defensive end, and was named an honorable mention All-American by CNNSI.com.

Pile, a senior, has started 37 consecutive games at the free safety spot, playing over 1,700 snaps for the Hokies. He registered a career-high 63 solo and 98 total tackles on the season. Pile joined three other Hokies with four interceptions, returning one for a 96 yard touchdown against Miami. He now stands third on the all-time interceptions list at Tech with 14 and third in BIG EAST Conference history. Pile was a second-team All-BIG EAST selection.