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With 92 days remaining until we kickoff the 2012 season, we turn our attention to #92 on roster Mr. Luther Maddy. Maddy was thrust into action last fall after Antoine Hopkins tore his ACL and played effectively for a true freshmen. Obviously, he does need to improve his strength but that will come in time. As for his skillset, Maddy has the potential to be one of the most effective defensive tackles we’ve ever had here at Virginia Tech. To my knowledge, not many before him have grasped the system this quick and become a playmaker as a true sophomore. Maddy is special and he is set for a big year in 2012.
Weight: 288 lbs
Position: Defensive Tackle
High School: Atlantic High School
How Did He Get Here?
The 2011 class was a disappointing class for Virginia Tech fans. Not only did the Hokies miss out of a trio of talented linebackers in the Hokies own backyard, but the class faltered down the stretch. However, there was a silverlining to the ending of the class and that silverlining resided in Delray Beach, Florida. Luther Maddy and Dadi Nicolas were offered after the Hokies failed to land a few of their higher ranked targets and you have to admit that the Hokies were very lucky to land both of those prospects. Maddy was an under the radar recruit with offers from Western Michigan, Florida Atlantic, FIU, and a few others. But, he committed to Virginia Tech after the Hokies officially offered him on February 1st, 2011.
2011 Season Rewind
Maddy was forced into action last season and held his own for a true freshman. Not many freshmen can step in and actually become a playmaker in their first year on the field but Maddy was able to record 19 tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack on the year.
There are going to be a bunch of different combinations on the defensive line this fall. The Hokies will use a 4-DE set against spread teams in certain situations. You’ll also see some sort of 3 DE, 1 DT hybrid set that we’ll use against Georgia Tech in week one. But, the one thing we do know is that all of the defensive tackles in the two-deep will play a lot this fall.
Maddy probably isn’t going to start this fall if Antoine Hopkins returns to full strength. However, if Hopkins doesn’t return to his oldself then I could see Maddy being the starter alongside Derrick Hopkins for most of the season. If that is the case then you would have to expect Maddy to have a lucrative season statistically in 2012.
Completely Made Up Fact
Being a frequent visitor to the Blacksburg Cookout, the restaurant has decided to name a cheeseburger after him. The "Mad Burger" features Lettuce, Onion, Tomato, Hot Sauce, Ketchup, and a the souls of all the quarterbacks Maddy has sacked over the years.
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