Hokie Football Outlook, Part II
Offensive Line
July 14, 2006

Outlook Schedule on hokiesports.com:
General OutlookWednesday, July 12
Offensive LineFriday, July 14
Wide Receivers/Tight EndsMonday, July 17
Tailbacks/Fullbacks/QuarterbacksWednesday, July 19
Defensive LineFriday, July 21
LinebackersMonday, July 24
SecondaryWednesday, July 26
SpecialistsFriday, July 28
Headlines
  • Three full-time starters and another part-time starter along the line all departed due to graduation, so a new nucleus of linemen must be built.

  • Duane Brown returns at right tackle after moving over from tight end last preseason. He ended up starting all 13 games for the Hokies at his new position.

  • Senior Danny McGrath, who started seven games last year at center, returns after missing all of spring ball (surgery on his shoulder following the season).

  • A new coach has taken over the line duties this year as Bryan Stinespring has moved over to coach the tight ends, while still serving as the coordinator. Tech has welcomed new line coach Curt Newsome, who served the last five years at James Madison University.

RETURNERS
No.NameCl.Pos.
68Mason BaggettSr.OT
71Aaron BrownFr.OT
76Duane Brownr-Jr.OT
79Eric Davisr-Fr.OG
74Brandon Fryer-Sr.OT
77Brandon Gorer-Sr.OT
64Richard Grahamr-Fr.OT
66Brandon HollandFr.OG
62Zac LoweSr.C
67Nick Marshmanr-So.OG
69Danny McGrathr-Sr.C
63Robert Norrisr-Fr.OG
65Antonio Northr-Fr.OG
70Sergio RenderFr.OG
58Ryan Shumanr-So.C/OG
51Matt Welshr-Jr.OG
NEWCOMERS
No.NameCl.Pos.
Clark CrumFr.OT
The Players
Left Tackle
Brandon Frye - Stepped in at the last minute and played exceptionally well during the bowl game ... Has approached a new level in confidence and in the weight room ... Is excited every day about this opportunity ... Is a key guy for the line this year.

Mason Baggett - Coaches call him "a terrific man and a good worker" ... Is a very intelligent player.

Aaron Brown - A true freshman who enrolled in January after graduating high school a semester early ... Is very athletic ... Redshirting is not out of the question.

Left Guard
Ryan Shuman - A move to guard will be helpful to the line ... Could move to either guard spot ... Coaches think he will be an exceptional player.

Sergio Render - A true freshman who can play either guard spot ... Is strong and powerful ... Moves well and has all the tools ... Will battle for the starting right guard spot if Shuman moves out to left guard.

Robert Norris - Has a chance to be a good player ... Is still learning the offense.

Center
Danny McGrath - Returns after missing spring ball with a shoulder injury ... A key player on the line, allowing Shuman to move to guard.

Ryan Shuman - Is a very tough player ... Is now in a position where he can vie for the starting job ... He is on pace to be a starter somewhere.

Right Guard
Nick Marshman - A big, strong athlete ... Is critical inside for Tech right now ... Finished spring on a high note ... Needs to be more consistent.

Matt Welsh - Put himself in the mix with a good spring ... Needs to keep developing.

Right Tackle
Duane Brown - Tech's most athletic lineman ... Started all 13 games at right tackle a year ago ... Has the size and talent to be a great player ... Gets better every time he is on the field.

Brandon Gore - A big player who missed all of spring with an injury ... Needs to have a good summer ... Will be counted on for a lot of productivity this fall.

Coach Newsome On the Line
"I thought we had some growing pains this spring, but I think everybody does when you've got a young group. I was very impressed by their willingness to work. When we get Gore and McGrath back, we become much deeper, and we become a better offensive line. When it's all said and done, I think by this fall, we'll be fine at that position."