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Virginia Tech's all-decade bowl team
Virginia Tech's All-Decade Bowl team OFFENSE
WR | Andre Davis | In Tech's 41-20 win against Clemson in the Gator Bowl to conclude the 2000 season, he had two catches for 70 yards, and he added five catches for 158 yards and a touchdown the following season in Tech's 30-17 Gator Bowl loss to Florida State.
WR | Ernest Wilford | He caught five passes for 50 yards in 2002 in Tech's 20-13 win against Air Force in the San Francisco Bowl, and improved the next season with eight catches for 110 yards in Tech's 52-49 loss to California in the Insight Bowl.
OL | Sergio Render | If he starts against Tennessee, the guard will be the only Tech offensive lineman this decade to start in four consecutive bowl games.
OL | Jason Murphy | A 2005 first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection at guard who was part of a line that helped hold Dumervil, who led the nation with 20 sacks in '05, without a sack in Tech's 35-24 Gator Bowl win.
OL | Jake Grove | After earning 2003 consensus All-America honors at center, he helped pave the way for an offense that amassed 551 yards in just 22 minutes and 45 seconds of possession time in the Insight Bowl.
OL | Will Montgomery | Another first team All-ACC choice in '05 who started at center in both the '04 Sugar Bowl and '05 Gator Bowl.
OL | Jaymes Brooks | A Denbigh High graduate who got his first career start in last season's Orange Bowl, opening holes for a rushing attack that produced 258 yards in a 20-7 win against Cincinnati.
TE | Greg Boone | In the last two Orange Bowl games (against Kansas and Cincinnati), he had a total of four catches for 85 yards, and added two carries for 19 yards against Cincinnati.
QB | Bryan Randall | The Bruton High product played in four bowl games from '01 to '04, completing a combined 63 of 96 passes for 874 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions, including 398 yards and four touchdowns in the '03 Insight Bowl.
RB | Darren Evans | After running 28 times for 153 yards and a touchdown last season against Cincinnati, including 101 yards in the second half, he took Orange Bowl MVP honors.
RB | Lee Suggs | Though he had 20 carries for just 73 yards in Tech's win against Clemson in the Gator Bowl, he also had three touchdowns, and added 19 carries for 70 yards and two more touchdowns two years later in the San Francisco Bowl victory against Air Force.
DL | Chris Ellis | The Bethel High product harassed Louisville quarterback Hunter Cantwell from his defensive end spot in Tech's Gator Bowl victory, logging 11/2 sacks, forcing a fumble and breaking up two passes, and added another sack and a forced fumble in '06 in Georgia's 31-24 win in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
DL | Orion Martin | A great big-game player who had seven tackles at defensive end, including two sacks, in a 24-21 Orange Bowl loss to Kansas two seasons ago, and a fourth quarter interception in last season's Orange Bowl win against Cincinnati.
DL | Nathaniel Adibi | In four bowl games from '00 to '03, the Phoebus High graduate had a total of three sacks at defensive end, including two in Tech's Gator Bowl loss to FSU
DL | Jim Davis | He turned heads from the defensive end position as a freshman against Clemson in the Gator Bowl when he registered two sacks of backup quarterback Willie Simmons on back-to-back plays.
LB | Vince Hall | He led Tech in tackles in three consecutive bowl games with nine tackles and a sack against Louisville in the Gator Bowl, 13 tackles against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and eight tackles against Kansas in the Orange Bowl.
LB | James Anderson | Anderson scored Tech's only defensive touchdown in a bowl game this decade on a 39-yard interception return with 5:04 left in the fourth quarter to help put away the Gator Bowl victory against Louisville.
LB | Cody Grimm (below) | After coming through two years ago with six tackles against Kansas in the Orange Bowl, he returned to the Orange Bowl last season against Cincinnati with five tackles, including a sack, and an interception with 2:18 left in Tech's 20-7 win.
DB | Jimmy Williams | His bowl career resulted in a series of highs, including a team-high nine tackles against Air Force in the San Francisco Bowl, nine tackles against California in the Insight Bowl and a team-best 10 tackles and an interception against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl to conclude the '04 season, and one huge low — getting ejected in the Gator Bowl win against Louisville.
DB | DeAngelo Hall | The cornerback had a team-high 13 tackles in the Insight Bowl loss to California, and finished on a dramatic note by announcing his intentions to turn pro after his junior season in the postgame press conference — at about 1:45 a.m. eastern time.
DB | Willie Pile | A consistent player at free safety who had five tackles and an interception in the Gator Bowl win against Clemson, added six tackles in the Gator Bowl loss to FSU and had seven tackles in the San Francisco Bowl win against Air Force.
DB | Aaron Rouse | There may have been no more ferocious hitter at strong safety for Tech during the decade than Rouse, who had four tackles against California in the Insight Bowl, five tackles against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl, four tackles against Louisville in the Gator Bowl and six tackles against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
K | Dustin Keys | It's tough to find a great bowl game kicker for Tech this decade, but Keys earns the distinction by connecting on two of three field goals in last season's Orange Bowl win against Cincinnati — the second successful kick coming from 35 yards and giving him the school record for most successful field goals in a season (23).
P | Nic Schmitt | Against Louisville in the Gator Bowl, and Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Schmitt blasted a total of 10 punts for an average of 49.5 yards per attempt and put three of the punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
RS | DeAngelo Hall | His 52-yard punt return for a touchdown to tie California 49-49 with 3:11 left in the Insight Bowl gives him the edge over Justin Harper, who had an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown two seasons ago against Kansas in the Orange Bowl.
— Norm Wood
Virginia Tech's All-Decade Bowl team