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With 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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Weight: 187 lbs
Position: Running Back
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.
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.
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.
Breaking off a 24 yard run against East Carolina.
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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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