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With 43 days left until the Virginia Tech Hokies square off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, we turn our attention to #43 on the roster Mr. Jeron Gouveia-Winslow. There’s an interesting situation brewing at the WHIP linebacker position this fall. Alonzo Tweedy ran with the first string this spring and played well in the absence of Gouveia-Winslow. However, the name everybody is talking about is Ronny Vandyke, who’s freakish size and athleticism makes him a perfect fit for the WHIP linebacker position. This could be a fun battle to watch when practice begins in August.
Weight: 212 lbs
Position: WHIP Linebacker
High School: Stone Bridge High School
How Did He Get Here?
Son of former NFL Linebacker Kurt Gouveia, Jeron found himself choosing between two scholarship offers from Virginia Tech and Stanford out of high school. GW was not highly touted but he did received interest from most of the schools in the region. He wound up picking Virginia Tech on May 29th, 2007.
2011 Season Rewind
GW was much improved during the first part of 2011 but suffered a Lisfranc injury during the Miami game in October. He finished the season with nine tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception, and five quarterback hurries in 150 snaps on defense.
The one fact that Virginia Tech fans can take solace in is that whoever starts at WHIP Linebacker this year is going to be experienced and talented. GW could win his starting job back this fall once camp heats up in August but it will be tough to steal it away from Tweedy, who played very well last year. Still, with Tweedy’s injury…uhh proneness… having two players with starting experience will prove very beneficial to Bud Foster’s group this fall.
I fully expect Gouveia-Winslow to finish off his career with a good season. I think that would be a proper send off after having a rough 2010 campaign. GW is too good and too savvy a player for anything else to happen.
Completely Made Up Fact
To improve his tackling over the summer, GW made it his mission to watch the movie “The Waterboy” 100 times. Let’s hope he’s found his “tacklin fuel.”
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