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With 52 days left until the Hokies face the Yellow Jackets, we turn our attention to #52 on the roster Mr. Nick Acree. Acree was a very highly touted defensive tackle recruit out of high school. He was impressive physically but so far, he hasn’t lived up to those expectations. Now as an offensive lineman, Acree has a new lease on life of sorts. But, he’ll need to continue progressing if he ever wants to make an impact here at the FBS level. Acree will be the 3rd left tackle on the depth chart this fall and will be in line to become a backup in 2013.
Weight: 299 lbs
Position: Left Tackle
High School: Fork Union Military Academy
How Did He Get Here?
The behemoth defensive tackle was one of the highest ranked players in the 2010 recruiting class despite being the very first player to commit that year. His potential as a tackle was enough for most recruiters to take notice (or it could have been his he-man like physique). Either way, Acree was a huge pickup for the Hokies especially since he was the first to jump on board.
2011 Season Rewind
After struggling to grasp the defensive tackle position, the coaches decided to move him over to the offensive line last fall. He spent the majority of the season on the scout team.
Acree is a player that needs to get on the field and record some in-game snaps. However, with Mark Shuman being just as green in front of him, the likelihood of that happening is slim. However, it would be nice to have some film of Acree in a game situation to analyze just to see how far he’s come since his first open scrimmage as an offensive tackle last fall.
From a true prediction standpoint, I think Acree has the ability to become a starter as a senior. But, he still has a ways to go to get to that point. He needs to continue working on his technique and learn how to recognize different schemes on defense. Knowing what’s coming at you, as an offensive lineman is crucial to having success. Being able to recognize that the outside linebacker is blitzing could be the difference between a game winning touchdown and a game-ending sack. I think Acree is on a good development cycle but as a redshirt sophomore, he’s running out of time to make an impact.
Completely Made Up Fact
Nick Acree once fought Chuck Norris. It ended in a tie.
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