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With 28 days left until Virginia Tech takes the field against Appalachian State, we turn our attention to number 28 on roster, Mr. Alonzo Tweedy. So far in his career, Tweedy has been mostly a special teams player on our punt teams. He’s developed into our best gunner and has become a solid open field tackler during his time here in Blacksburg. However, this is a season where Tweedy could really make some noise on defense, especially with the one person ahead of him on the depth chart having a not-so-great year in 2010. The WHIP Linebacker competition will continue into camp and this is Tweedy’s last chance at earning that job.
Weight: 186 lbs
Position: WHIP Linebacker
High School: Hermitage High School
How Did He Get Here
Despite being just a two-star recruit on Rivals.com, the Hokies offered Tweedy during the summer of 2006. With no other scholarship offers in hand, the Hermitage star committed to Virginia Tech on July 31st, 2006. Tweedy’s offer was a greyshirt offer so he didn’t enroll until January of 2008 but so far, the coaches have proven that offering Tweedy was a good move in that class. He has developed into a fantastic special teams player and this fall could be a breakout season for the Virginia native.
Tweedy started as a gunner on the punt team last season and excelled in his role there. He finished the season with 18 tackles and one forced fumble. However, the surprising part is that Tweedy never really saw that many reps at WHIP linebacker even with GW’s known struggles. That will likely change this fall, even if Jeron does play better.
Spring practice is a major event for those who are looking to make a move on the depth chart and this past April was certainly a big month for Tweedy. Honestly, Tweedy looked more comfortable at WHIP this spring and developed into more of a playmaker at the position. Now, would I feel comfortable with him starting this fall? That remains to be seen but I was impressed with how much he improved over the offseason.
I do believe Gouveia-Winslow will have a much better season this fall so that may limit the amount of reps Tweedy gets but with his speed, he to be on the field somewhere. He’ll still start at gunner on special teams and hopefully, he can impress the coaches enough here in August to sure up that backup job at WHIP. If Tech has two reliable players at that position this fall, it will benefit this defense immensely.
Forcing a fumble against UNC during a critical juncture in that game.
Injuring his groin before fall camp started. That erased any chance of him beating out JGW at WHIP.
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Completely made up fact
Much like his look-a-like, most of Alonzo Tweedy's morning start off like this as well
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