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With 13 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 13 on roster, Mr. Randall Dunn. Dunn’s stock has improved since spring practice and the Ocean Lakes standout now sits at 3rd on the depth chart at tight end. He also brings a different skill set to the position then the rest of that unit. Dunn is a more natural receiver, being a converted wide receiver out of high school. With two years left to make an impact, I expect Dunn to have a solid junior campaign this fall.
Weight: 243 lbs
Position: Tight End
High School: Ocean Lakes High School
How Did He Get Here
Dunn wasn’t a highly ranked kid out of Ocean Lakes but he did boast an impressive offer list with scholarships from the likes of Penn State, UNC, UCONN, West Virginia, UVA, and Virginia Tech. With his teammate, Marcus Davis, on board already in the 2008 class, the Hokies led for Randall Dunn all the way up until the end. He committed to the Hokies on Signing Day in 2008.
The Hokies were limited in tight ends last season but Dunn didn’t do everything the coaches asked of him, which kept him off the field. He recorded just one catch for nine yards in the Wake Forest game. Also, he saw a limited amount of work on special teams early on in the season but that was it as far as playing time goes for the now redshirt junior.
The tight end position was a major question mark back during spring practice but after watching this group in the scrimmage yesterday, I feel a lot more confident. Drager has adapted well to being the starter and the Hokies have a nice group to choose from behind him. Each player has their own strengths and weaknesses but I like this group as a whole.
Dunn is more of a true receiving threat that needs to continue developing as a blocker. He’s not a traditional tight end and could be used primarily as an H-back this fall. But, with Dunn’s speed, he could be a matchup nightmare for most linebackers this season. A safety with good size may be able to neutralize him but I don’t think you’re going to be able to cover him with a traditional outside linebacker. I don’t expect a ton of receptions from him but grabbing between eight and ten passes would be a successful season for the former Ocean Lakes star.
Making the 2nd team All-Tidewater team as a senior.
Suffering a broken leg at the end of his redshirt season. That caused him to miss some off-season workouts and slowed his development a bit.
Completely made up fact
Randall Dunn was once asked for an autograph because a fan thought he was Ronnie Dunn of the hit country music group Brooks & Dunn. After that fiasco, Randall will never visit the state of Alabama ever again.
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