Hokies set to strut their stuff for NFL Scouts at Pro Day

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech will conduct its annual Pro Day for NFL coaches, scouts and personnel men Wednesday. A total of 14 members from last year’s squad, including 11 seniors are set to participate, along with three juniors who have declared early for the 2017 NFL Draft, which takes place April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

Following weigh-in and measurements, the group of players will be tested in the bench press, broad jump and vertical jump at the Hokies’ weight room before on-field drills and the 40-yard dash take place in the Virginia Tech Indoor Practice Facility.

All six Tech players who participated in the NFL Scouting Combine – graduating seniors free safety Chuck Clark, defensive end Ken Ekanem and running back Sam Rogers, along with tight end Bucky Hodges (who earned his degree in December), quarterback Jerod Evans and receiver Isaiah Ford – are scheduled to work out Wednesday. Other graduating seniors set to attend include: defensive tackle Woody Baron, offensive guard Augie Conte, defensive end Seth Dooley, defensive back Der’Woun Greene, offensive tackle Jon McLaughlin, quarterback Brenden Motley, defensive back Curtis Williams and defensive tackle Nigel Williams.

Live coverage of Pro Day will be available on Twitter via @VT_Football starting at approximately 8:30 a.m., with results, highlights and more to be posted following the event on HokieSports.com.

Below is additional information on the six Hokies who participated at the NFL Scouting Combine, in addition to highlight links:

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Free safety Chuck Clark

The Suffolk, Virginia native played in 52 games (40 starts) at Virginia Tech and was part of the first class in school history to register three consecutive bowl victories. He accumulated 296 tackles (173 solo), 2.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, 23 passes defensed, 21 pass breakups and two intereceptions, including a game-clinching pick against Virginia in 2015. An ACC first-team selection by Pro Football Focus in 2016, Clark also registered a 20-yard fumble return for a touchdown at Purdue in 2015. Clark was named to the All-ACC Academic Football Team as both a junior and a senior.

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Defensive end Ken Ekanem

A three-year starter for the Hokies, Ekanem played in 50 games (39 starts) for the Hokies, accumulating 131 tackles (65 solo), 21.5 sacks, 34 tackles for loss, 36 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, six pass breakups and six passes defensed. An honorable mention All-ACC selection in 2016, Ekanem earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors registering five tackles, two sacks and a quarterback hurry in a 54-17 win against East Carolina. He also combined with Tremaine Edmunds for a sack in the end zone that resulted in a safety. The Centreville, Virginia native previously earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors in 2014.

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Quarterback Jerod Evans

During his one season in Blacksburg, Evans re-wrote the Virginia Tech record book for quarterbacks, setting eight single-season records in 2016. Those marks included touchdown passes (29), passing yards (3,546), total offense (4,392), completions (268) and rushing yards by a quarterback (846). Named the ACC Newcomer of the Year by both The Associated Press and Athlon Sports, he registered a season-high 406 passing yards in a 39-36 win at Pittsburgh and ran for a season-best 98 yards in a 37-16 victory against Miami. He compiled a 153.0 passer rating on the season and completed 63.5 percent of his passes, the second-best seasonal mark in Hokies’ history.

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Evans Highlights

Receiver Isaiah Ford

A consensus All-ACC second-team selection, Ford is the only player in ACC annals to hold sole possession of his school’s career marks for receptions (210), receiving yards (2,967) and receiving touchdowns (24). That feat is even more remarkable when one considers that he did it in only three seasons at Virginia Tech. He posted a school-record 79 catches for 1,094 yards with seven touchdowns in 2016 after registering 75 catches for a school-best 1,164 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2015. He is the only player in school history to register a 1,000-yard receiving season.

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Ford Highlights

Tight end Bucky Hodges

Hodges earned his degree in December after a stellar three-year playing career for the Hokies. His 133 career receptions, 1,747 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns are the best totals by any tight end in Virginia Tech history. The

Virginia Beach, Virginia native was a consensus third-team All-ACC selection after setting personal bests with 48 catches for 691 yards in 2016, while tying a seasonal high with seven touchdown catches. He produced a pair of 100-yard receiving games during his time in Blacksburg, including a career-best 145-yard effort at Pittsburgh in 2016. He registered four career multiple-touchdown games, hauling in a career-high three touchdowns against Duke in 2015.

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Hodges Highlights

Running back Sam Rogers

Rogers represented the Hokies in the Senior Bowl and earned first-team All-ACC and second-team All-America honors from Pro Football Focus. The former walk-on played in 53 games (25 starts) for the Hokies. A versatile performer on offense and special teams, the Mechanicsville, Virginia native finished his career with 165 carries for 692 yards (4.2 avg.) and four touchdowns. He also hauled in 72 receptions for 802 yards and seven scores during his career. He completed three of four passes as well, including a 13-yard touchdown pass to Steven Peoples against Miami in 2016. In addition, the Hanover High School product registered a career-high 72 receiving yards in that contest against the Hurricanes. He earned a spot on the All-ACC Academic Team as a senior.

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Rogers Highlights

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