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With 28 days left until the Virginia Tech Hokies face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, we turn our attention to #28 on the roster Mr. Alonzo Tweedy. In all likelihood, Tweedy will be our starting WHIP Linebacker this year after his exceptional play in spots last season and during the spring practice session here in 2012. The WHIP has been an easy target for criticism ever since Cody Grimm graduated back in 2009. Jeron Gouveia-Winslow has struggled to play the position well and his play alone may have cost us a win against Boise State back in 2010. That may seem harsh but the WHIP LB is a crucial playmaking spot in Bud Foster’s defense. We need a playmaker there and I think Tweedy has the ability to end his career on a very high note if he earns the starting job.
Weight: 189 lbs
Position: WHIP Linebacker
High School: Hermitage High School
How Did He Get Here?
Despite being just a two-star recruit on Rivals.com, the Hokies offered Tweedy during the summer of 2006. With no other scholarship offers in hand, the Hermitage star committed to Virginia Tech on July 31st, 2006. Tweedy’s offer was a greyshirt offer so he didn’t enroll until January of 2008 but so far, the coaches have proven that offering Tweedy was a good move in that class. He has developed into a fantastic special teams player and this fall could be a breakout season for the Virginia native.
2011 Season Rewind
After Gouveia-Winslow went down against Miami, the Hokies shifted to more of a Nickel look for the remainder of the season. Tweedy only received one start last year and that came against Boston College. Despite that, he still managed to rack up 23 tackles, four tackles for loss, and one sack in 2011.
If all goes well this fall, I think you’ll see Tweedy enter the Georgia Tech game with his name atop the depth chart. Honestly, I like Tweedy a lot. He runs a sub 4.5 40 and he has increased his strength every year since he’s enrolled. For a player who was thin as a rail coming out of college, that’s going to go a long way towards helping him lock down that starting role this year.
The Hokies rely on the WHIP linebacker to blitz off the edge, cover the 3rd receiver in some cases, drop back into zone, and play containment on screens. There are a lot of duties and responsibilities that come with playing this position. It’s often why it takes somebody three full years to truly understand how to master it. With Tweedy entering his final season, I think he’s on the right track. He’ll need to beat out GW and RVD for the starting job, which he should be able to do if he can stay healthy. Once that happens, it’s up to Tweedy to follow in Grimm’s, Brenden Hill’s, and James Anderson’s footsteps. All three of those guys had tremendous senior seasons at the position.
Completely Made Up Fact
Much like his look-a-like in last year’s countdown article, most of Alonzo Tweedy's morning start off like this as well
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