2011 Numerical Roster Countdown: No. 22 Tony Gregory

by JustinC on August 12, 2011 · 4 comments

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Picture 110 2011 Numerical Roster Countdown: No. 22 Tony GregoryWith 22 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 22 on roster, Mr. Tony Gregory. As it stands today, Gregory is third on the depth chart at running back behind David Wilson and Josh Oglesby. Barring an injury, Gregory will likely be the mop up duty guy again this season before taking on a much larger role in 2012, especially if Wilson jumps to the NFL.

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Stats

Height: 6’0”
Weight: 187 lbs
Position: Running Back
Year: R-Sophomore
High School: First Colonial High School

How Did He Get Here

Gregory had a bit of an odd recruitment. Despite being a 5.7 three star on Rivals.com, Gregory held only one known offer from Virginia Tech out of high school. He did attend Fork Union Military Academy for a semester before enrolling in the spring of 2009.

2010 Season

An ACL injury cut Gregory’s 2010 season short but before that injury, Tony’s numbers weren’t bad. In 24 attempts, Gregory rushed for 104 yards last year. That’s good for 4.33 yards per carry. Not bad for a redshirt freshman.

2011 Prospectus

The Hokies have two talented running backs filling the top two spots on the depth chart but the coaches normally have a top three that they use throughout the year. Right now, the coaches are still searching for that third running back. Gregory has the upside and potential to win it but he needs to stay healthy throughout this fall camp. He also needs to show the coaches that he is 100-percent back from that ACL injury that he suffered last November.

With Dominique Patterson still in a walking boot, Gregory will likely be the final RB on the depth chart really by default. True freshman Michael Holmes and walk-on Daniel Dyer are the only other challengers at this point. So, unless something drastic happens, Gregory will likely be the 3rd running back this fall.

Career Highlight

Breaking off a 24 yard run against East Carolina.

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Career Lowlight

Being another VT running back to suffer an ACL injury. Those things are way too common now days. Thankfully, the amount of time to recover from them has shrunk from one full year down to between six and ten months.

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Dr. MacGyver was a busy surgeon this past fall as he too was called in to repair Tony Gregory’s ACL. Needless to say, the surgery lasted all of 20 seconds and Gregory’s knee is held together by some shoe laces, a toothpick, and a “VT United” bracelet.

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Mark August 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

Any more news out of practice on Michael Holmes? Seems like he was a little under the radar when we picked him up and there wasn’t much buzz (almost like he was just filling a needed hole, a.k.a. JuJu). But now people are talking about the numbers he put up in high school and it sounds like he could put some pressure on the other RBs. What is your take? Do you think he has a chance to make a name for himself at VT or will he be overshadowed by JC Coleman when he gets here?

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justinc August 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

He’s headed for a redshirt year IMO. It’s tough to join practice a week late, have to go through a 5 day warm up period, or whatever the NCAA calls it before taking your first live action. That’s just too late into fall camp to get much accomplished. But, Holmes is a bigger back. I saw him at the welcome back picnic and he’s every bit of 6’0″ and 212 lbs. Definitely could play between 220-225 without much problem.

As for his future, I honestly don’t know. He had the benefit of running behind Landon Turner at Harrisonburg so those stats are probably a tad inflated by that alone. I do think he has the potential to be a Brandon Ore type of runner (although Ore was a very instinctual runner). But, a redshirt year would be best. I do think if we get Coleman and say Drew Harris, that would damper his chance at PT in the short run. I don’t see Coleman redshirting and Harris may be a tough redshirt as well, especially if Wilson jumps to the NFL. But, I do like Holmes we’ll just have to wait and see him in some live action first before I can really pass judgement.

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Mark August 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

I am also surprised at how little buzz there is about TGregory after the pretty decent numbers he put up during mop-up duty. Personally I think its harder at times to get yards during those times because you are running behind scrub lineman against the opponents first team. He had a nice YPC last year.

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hokiegrad August 13, 2011 at 8:35 am

I think you’d hear a lot more buzz if he wasn’t coming off a torn ACL.

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