BLACKSBURG - From walk-on to All-American. That’s a very brief synopsis of the collegiate career of Virginia Tech senior linebacker Cody Grimm. The Fairfax, Va., native was rewarded for an outstanding final season by being named a third-team All-American by The Associated Press, as released Tuesday. A panel of 14 AP college football poll voters picked the teams.
Grimm arrived in Blacksburg in 2005 as an invted walk-on who was deemed too small (5-11, 210) to play at many schools. His first few years, he earned playing time on special teams, but finished third on the team last year in tackles with 71 despite starting only one game.
This season, Grimm has a team-leading 99 tackles, including 9.5 for loss and three sacks, five PBU, an NCAA-leading (tied) seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
He saved his best game for his final game in Lane Stadium. He forced an NCAA-tying three fumbles - on the first four plays no less - and also had eight tackles, including two sacks, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry against NC State. Grimm was also a first-team All-ACC selection this year.
“I’m just really honored to be looked at that highly by members of the media,” Grimm said. “Coming in here as a walk-on and finishing things off by being named an All-American is a big accomplishment and I’m just really happy and honored for the recognition.”
Grimm keeps alive an impressive streak by defensive coordinator Bud Foster. He has had at least one All-American from the defense in each of his 15 seasons as either coordinator or co-coordinator at Tech. This includes 2004 when Sports Illustrated honored two players, even though that is not one of the five major All-America squads. The five nationally recognized All-America squads are the AP, Walter Camp, Sporting News, FWAA and AFCA.
“I’m very proud and happy for Cody,” said defensive coordinator Bud Foster. “He has worked extremely hard to get where he is today. He’s a dynamic football player and we’re all very, very happy for him. I think it also makes a statement about our program to have an All-American streak like this. But Cody is a guy who has earned all of his success and I’m very, very proud of him.”
Grimm becomes the second walk-on in program history to earn All-America honors, joining John Engelberger (second-team AP, 1999).
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