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With 37 days left until the Virginia Tech Hokies square off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, we turn our attention to #37 on the roster Mr. Ronny Vandyke. Hot off a redshirt season, Vandyke was the star of this past spring, bursting onto the scene at WHIP linebacker with his unique blend of size and speed. Vandyke was originally expected to be a Rover but ended up at WHIP linebacker last fall. That move will prove beneficial in 2013 when he likely inherits the starting job.
Weight: 215 lbs
Position: WHIP Linebacker
High School: South County High School
How Did He Get Here?
The Hokies first ever Junior Day was an eventful day. Not because there were so many commitments but because that’s the day the Bud Light truck hit the fire hydrant outside Cassell Coliseum that delayed that game for a few hours. Nevertheless, the Virginia Tech coaching staff made the most of it and ended up securing a commitment from Vandyke. The Lorton native chose the Hokies over offers from UVA, Maryland, JMU, and a few others.
2011 Season Rewind
Vandyke redshirted in 2011.
Before writing this article, I did some light reading about this past spring practice just to refresh my memory on how good Vandyke was. In fact, this might be the hardest article I have to write in this countdown because I can’t offer up a prediction on how the coaches plan on using the former four star recruit. Vandyke has more upside than Alonzo Tweedy and Jeron Gouveia-Winslow but he lacks experience. Do you throw him out there against Austin Peay and see how he does?
Obviously, he’s not going to play against Georgia Tech. The option offensive is too vile and Alonzo Tweedy is a better fit against that scheme. But, why not give Vandyke the entire second half to prove himself against Austin Peay if the game is out of reach by halftime? If he plays well then put him in a rotation with the other two guys and give him a series or two in each game. That’s better than keeping a player of his caliber on the bench. Plus, he needs some playing experience before he likely starts his first game against Alabama in 2013.
Completely Made Up Fact
Due to the demoralization of American family values, the FCC has decided to make ESPN bleep Ronny Van (bleep)'s last name this fall.
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