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With 40 days left until the Virginia Tech Hokies square off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, we turn our attention to #40 on the roster Mr. Wiley Brown. Primarily a special teams player, Brown will likely resume his role of headhunter on the kickoff unit again this season. While Brown isn’t the biggest guy out there he does make up for it with passion and hard work. He’s also deceptively quick and is always one of the first players to the ball on the kickoff unit.
Weight: 207 lbs
Position: WHIP Linebacker
High School: Thomas Stone High School
How Did He Get Here?
Brown has hit a few stoplights on his way to Virginia Tech but he eventually wound up here in Blacksburg along side his brother Nekos. Brown started his post high school career at Hargrave Military Academy where he participated on the post-grad team. After that, he enrolled at Duquesne University and started as a linebacker there. Then in 2009, he transferred to Blacksburg as a walk-on.
2011 Season Rewind
The Maryland native saw action on 90 snaps last season, most of which came on special teams. Finished up with nine total tackles in 2011.
With so much depth at WHIP linebacker, it’s hard to expect Brown to receive many snaps there this fall. But, where Brown can be a major factor is on the kickoff coverage team where he is one of Virginia Tech’s best assets. Rarely outworked, Brown is a weight room warrior and a player who will do anything the coaches ask of him. He’s a winner on and off the field and one of Tech’s best walk-ons at the moment.
What I like most about Brown is his ability to out hustle a lot of players. There’s no ego, no self-entitlement, no “me, me, me” attitude, there’s just a team player that will do whatever it takes to help this team win.
Completely Made Up Fact
During the off-season, Wiley keeps busy by conducting his own Ghost Hunting service called “Wiley’s Ghost-B-Gone.” It is believed that Wiley just tackles the ghosts and sends them back to the 4th dimension where they belong.
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