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An outstanding defensive end who is expected to assume a key role for the Hokies this season as both a player and a leader ... Was listed as the No. 2 defensive end in Division I-A by The Sporting News and was selected a first-team preseason All-American by the publication ... Named second-team preseason All-America by Athlon Sports magazine ... Has started 34 games at end over the past three seasons, including three bowl games ... Moved to the stud end position during the spring, but could play either end spot ... Won the President's Award for outstanding leadership at the conclusion of 2002 spring practice and shared the award with center Jake Grove in 2003 ... A hard worker who has shown steady progress during his time at Tech ... Tied with teammate Cols Colas for fourth place among BIG EAST players in quarterback sacks last year with nine ... Combines good size with excellent strength and speed ... Is both intelligent and physical ... Focused on being successful both on and off the field ... Was a first-team Freshman All-America pick by The Sporting News following the 2000 season ... Tied for the team lead in sacks with five that season ... Has 15 career sacks ... A key figure in Tech's defensive plans for 2003 ...

2003: Has 21 solo tackles and 19 assists ... In those 40 tackles are seven tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks ... Also has five passes broken up, 18 quarterback hurries, a forced interception and a fumble recovery ... Also has a blocked kick ... Did not start against UCF, because of a sprained ankle, but still played 25 snaps on defense ... Recorded three solo tackle, a quarterback hurry, a sack, a pass broken up and recovered a fumble ... Started against JMU, recording two solo stops and three assists ... Included in that was a tackle for loss ... Also had a PBU ... Had three solo stops and an assist against Texas A&M ... Had a sack and two QB hurries ... Had a solo tackle and two quarterback hurries in the win over UConn ... Blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown ... Had an assisted tackles and four quarterback hurries at Rutgers ... Also had two passes broken up, two big hits and forced an interception ... Had a solo stop and a pass broken up vs. Syracuse ... Had five tackles and two quarterback hurries at West Virginia ... Recorded four solo stops, three assists, one sack and four quarterback hurries against No. 2 Miami ... Had two solo tackles and five assists, including a sack, as well as two quarterback hurries at Pittsburgh ... Had four solo tackles, including a sack, two assists and a quarterback hurry at Temple ... Had surgery on his right thumb on Nov. 16 ... Missed the Boston College game ...

2002: Started 13 of Tech's 14 games ... Recorded a career-high nine sacks ... Tallied 37 solo tackles and 18 assists ... Included in his 55 tackles were 15 tackles for loss ... Also had two passes broken up, three forced fumbles, a blocked kick and 16 quarterback hurries ... Recorded a solo tackle, an assist, a PBU and a quarterback hurry in just 19 plays during the opener against Arkansas State ... Had two solo stops and two quarterback pressures against LSU ... Turned in a sack against Marshall ... Had a big hand in shutting down Texas A&M's offense ... Recorded five solo stops, two assists, three sacks and caused a fumble in that road win ... Had two solo tackles, one for a loss, a sack and a forced fumble at Western Michigan ... His forced fumble against WMU was returned for a Tech touchdown ... Recorded five solo tackles, an assist, a tackle for loss, a quarterback hurry and a sack in the win at Boston College ... Graded higher than any other defensive player against Rutgers, recording two solo stops, an assist, a sack, a pass broken up and four hurries ... Also had a solo stop on special teams in that game ... Played on a sore ankle against Temple, but still registered two quarterback hurries ... Got the start against Pittsburgh and recorded a solo stop and two assists ... Also blocked a punt - the first of his career - which led to a Tech touchdown ... Had a big game at Syracuse, recording 13 tackles - eight solo - including two tackles for loss ... Also had two sacks and caused a fumble ... Recorded five solo tackles and an assist, including two tackles for loss, as well as a quarterback hurry against West Virginia ... Was in on four tackles against Virginia and added two quarterback hurries ... Posted three solo tackles and an assist in the San Francisco Bowl ... Earned Super Iron Hokie honors during the off-season, registering a personal-best 575-pound back squat in the process ... Contributed two sacks in Tech's final spring scrimmage ... Shared the President's Award for outstanding leadership during the off-season program and spring practice with center Jake Grove ...

2001: Recorded 18 solo stops, 23 assists, two tackles for loss and a sack in 11 games ... Also had 15 quarterback hurries and broke up two passes ... Started eight games during the regular season, plus the Gator Bowl ... Registered one assist and a hurry in the opener against Connecticut ... Had three total tackles and a hurry versus Western Michigan ... Recorded four solo stops, including one behind the line, broke up a pass and caused an interception at Rutgers ... Had two solo tackles, two assists and three hurries against UCF ... Registered a solo stop and three assists at West Virginia ... Recorded three assists and four quarterback hurries against Boston College ... Was in on six tackles during the Syracuse game and four at Pittsburgh ... Was credited with two solo stops, an assist and his first sack of the season against Temple ... Had three assists at Virginia ... Contributed six tackles and three QB hurries against No. 1 Miami ... Earned Iron Hokie honors during both preseason testing session and during 2002 spring max testing ... Bench pressed 410 pounds and squatted 560 pounds during the fall ... Turned in a personal-best 321-pound clean during the off-season ... His 4.28 time in the NFL shuttle run ranked second-best among the defensive ends ... Posted three tackles in the Maroon-White game, including two behind the line ... Also blocked a field goal during that game ...

2000: Earned Iron Hokie honors in preseason athletic performance tests ... Got his first collegiate start against Akron and contributed five tackles, including a sack and another tackle for loss ... Went on to start every game and averaged over 40 defensive plays a game ... Contributed two quarterback hurries against East Carolina and forced an interception ... Was in on five tackles at Boston College and added another hurry ... Had two tackles behind the line, including a sack, during a five-tackle outing versus West Virginia ... Collected another sack and a season-high six tackles in the Pittsburgh game ... Posted two sacks and returned a fumble 36 yards for a touchdown in Tech's win at UCF ... Was in on five tackles in wins against Syracuse and Virginia ... Played a season-high 52 defensive snaps against the Orangemen ... Saw action on over 75 plays as a starter on the punt and punt return teams ... Finished the season with 45 total tackles ... Had eight tackles for loss, including five sacks for minus 33 yards ... Hurried the passer five times and knocked down a pass ... Registered three tackles in Tech's Gator Bowl win against Clemson ... Won Iron Hokie honors again during winter workouts ... Turned in career bests with a 400-pound bench press and 550-pound squat during spring testing ... Averaged 4.55 seconds in the forty during Tech's pro timing day ... Had four sacks during the Hokies' spring scrimmages ... Also blocked a field goal ...

1999: Was redshirted while working at defensive end ... Added 16 pounds through his work in the strength and conditioning program ... Earned Iron Hokie honors during spring testing ... Bench pressed 380 pounds ... Posted a 530-pound back squat and a 304-pound power clean ... Returned a fumble 49 yards for a touchdown in one of the Hokies' spring scrimmages ... Fractured a bone in his right wrist during one of the scrimmages but returned to action ... Contributed four tackles and forced a fumble in the annual spring game ... Won the Paul Torgersen Award as the team's top defensive newcomer ...

High School: Played running back and defensive end for Coach Bill Dee at Phoebus High ... Listed as the No. 10 defensive lineman in the country by PrepStar and picked to its Dream Team ... Listed as the No. 4 jumbo athlete in the nation by SuperPrep and the No. 8 athlete by The National Recruiting Advisor prior to his senior season ... A first-team Group AAA all-state pick as a defensive lineman ... Named the No. 6 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Named district offensive and defensive player of the year as a senior ... Posted 101 tackles in 1998, including a school single-season record 16 sacks ... Finished with 35 career sacks ... Led the district in rushing ... Closed out his senior season with 855 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing ... Had 207 yards rushing in a game against Henrico ... Turned in 11 sacks as a junior ... Holds the school record with a 300-pound power clean ... Won the state Group AAA outdoor shot put championship as a junior and was second as a senior ...

Personal: Nathaniel Barnell Adibi ... Born 1/25/81 in Mississippi ... Son of Abiodun and Leanne Adibi ... Brother, Xavier, will be a freshman on the squad this year ... Majoring in residential property management.

TacklesGUTATTot.LossSacks
2000112817458-445-33
2001111823412-111-10
20021437185515-729-61
2003 12 22 19 41 8-41 5.5-36
Career 48 105 77 182 33-168 20.5-140
2003 Tackles Game-by-Game
UCF   3 0 3 1-5 1.0-5
James Madison   2 3 5 1-3 0.0-0
Texas A&M   3 1 4 1-17 1.0-17
Connecticut   1 0 1 0-0 0.0-0
Rutgers   0 1 1 0-0 0.0-0
Syracuse   1 0 1 0-0 0.0-0
West Virginia   1 4 5 1-2 0.0-0
Miami   4 3 7 1-5 0.5-5
Pittsburgh   2 5 7 1-2 1.0-2
Temple   4 2 6 1-5 1.0-5
Boston College Did Not Play
Virginia   1 0 1 1-2 1.0-2


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