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With 43 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 43 on the roster, Mr. Jeron Gouveia-Winslow. GW experienced some ups and downs as a first year starter on defense last year. He struggled mightily early on in the season, especially against Boise State but seemed to improve with each and every snap. With a solid spring practice under his belt, GW should be an improved player this fall and should develop into a little bit more of a playmaker at the WHIP linebacker position.
Weight: 195 lbs
Position: WHIP Linebacker
High School: Stone Bridge High School
How Did He Get Here
Son of former NFL Linebacker Kurt Gouveia, Jeron found himself choosing between two scholarship offers from Virginia Tech and Stanford out of high school. GW was not highly touted but he did received interest from most of the schools in the region. He wound up picking Virginia Tech on May 29th, 2007.
I’m sure Jeron would love to receive a mulligan and restart the 2010 season from the beginning. Too bad this isn’t NCAA Football 12. GW struggled against Boise State and JMU, missing open field tackles and struggling on key assignments. However, the now junior linebacker did improve as the season went along and even scored a touchdown on an INT return against Florida State.
For the Virginia Tech defense to improve, they’re going to need improved play at defensive end, WHIP linebacker, Backer, and strongside safety. Three of those four spots are breaking in new players but even with that youth, the level of play should increase. The one spot where a starter will return is at WHIP linebacker, which will feature Gouveia-Winslow.
GW looked better this spring. He was more confident and he actually looked like he belonged out on the field. Now whether or not that will transition over to this fall remains to be seen but GW is a good athlete and a smart kid, the more reps he’ll get the better he’ll become at WHIP. Remember, Cody Grimm was a nobody until his junior season. Hopefully GW follows a similar career path.
His INT return against Florida State.
Let’s just go with the entire Boise State game.
Completely made up fact
To improve his tackling over the summer, GW made it his mission to watch the movie “The Waterboy” 100 times. Let’s hope he’s found his “tacklin fuel.”
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