Grove Named Lombardi Semifinalist
Senior center one of 12 up for award
A great leader who really sets the pace for the rest of the offensive line ... Rated the No. 1 center in the Division I-A ranks by The Sporting News ... A relentless warrior on the field ... Has everything you want a center to have ... Is tough, physical, aggressive and possesses the intangibles needed to play the game at the highest level ... Started all 14 games at center last season and graded out at over 90 percent for the year ... Reached the Winners' Circle every game ... Tech's strongest player with a 490-pound bench press ... Has good athletic ability to go with his strength ... Knows the Tech system and plays with great leverage ... Saw action on 565 snaps while starting 10 games at right guard in 2002 ... Played the last eight games of the 2001 season, including the Gator Bowl, with a broken hand ... Still managed to lead the team in knockdown blocks with 48 ... Averaged 25 plays a game at center as a redshirt freshman in 2000 despite having trouble with his back ... Will anchor the Hokies' offense this season ...
2003: Named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers
Association of America ... Was a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award ... Has
played 637 offensive snaps, grading out at 90.9 percent ... Has 43 knockdown
blocks, tops on the team ... Played 70 snaps on offense against UCF, grading
out at 86 percent ... Had three knockdown blocks ... Was in for 55 offensive
snaps against James Madison, grading out at 90 percent with three knockdown
blocks ... Played 60 snaps against Texas A&M, grading out at 92 percent with
four knockdown blocks ... Played 35 snaps against UConn, grading out at 94
percent with three knockdown blocks ... Was in for 65 snaps at Rutgers,
grading out at 92 percent with three knockdown blocks ... Played 51 snaps
against Syracuse, grading out at a team-high 96 percent with three
knockdowns ... Added long snapping to his resume, snapping for all six PATs
and three field goals ... Was in for 55 snaps against West Virginia, grading
out at 89 percent with five knockdown blocks ... Played 52 snaps against No. 2
Miami, grading out at 88 percent with three knockdowns ... Was in for 61
snaps at Pittsburgh, grading out at 93 percent with a season-high six
knockdown blocks ... Also handled the four PAT snaps ... Played 67 snaps on
offense at Temple, grading out at 84 percent with six more knockdown blocks
... Again handled the PAT and field goal snapping duties ... Was in for 66 snaps
on offense against Boston College, grading out at 93 percent with four
knockdown blocks ...
2001: Played in all 11 regular-season games, averaging 51 offensive snaps per game ... Graded out at 84.9 percent for the year with a team-high 48 knockdown blocks ... Recorded a team-high 10 knockdowns on 37 snaps in the opener against UConn ... Graded out at 86 percent with four knockdowns at Rutgers ... Did not start against West Virginia due to a broken hand, but played 20 snaps ... Came back to get the start at right guard against Boston College ... Saw action on 68 snaps and graded out at 92 percent in that game ... Saw action on all 68 offensive snaps against Syracuse ... Played 53 offensive snaps and had six knockdowns at Pittsburgh ... Graded out at 93 percent with a team-high three knockdown blocks at Virginia ... Graded 85 percent against No. 1 Miami on 48 plays with four knockdown blocks ... Switched back to center during the spring ... Earned the George Preas Award as the most valuable offensive performer during the spring ...
2000: Saw action in every game ... Worked a season-high 46 snaps against Temple and played 35 downs in the Miami game ... Earned a winning grade in seven of the 11 regular season games ... Also played against Clemson in the Gator Bowl ... Moved from center to guard during the spring ... Finished spring workouts as the starter at right guard ...
1999: Made the most of a redshirt year, adding strength and gaining familiarity with the center position ... Set a position record with a 376-pound power clean during spring testing ... Tied for the team's top push jerk at 375 pounds ... Bench pressed 420 pounds during the fall ... Made a big push for the center duties during spring practice ...
1998: Enrolled at Tech in January ... Made an immediate impact in the weight room ... Bench pressed 380 pounds during spring testing ... Set a record for the best power clean by a Tech center with a lift of 360 pounds ... Also set a position mark in the vertical jump at 32.5 ... Made a strong challenge for the starting center duties during spring practice ...
High School: Lettered two years as a center and defensive tackle for Coach Bob Christmas at Jefferson Forest High ... Played his senior year at guard and defensive tackle for Coach Ed Landis ... A postseason first-team All-America pick by PrepStar ... Rated the No. 20 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Named the Region III and Seminole District defensive player of the year in 1997 ... Was an all-district and all-region pick on both offense and defense ... Picked first-team all-state as a defensive tackle by both the coaches and AP ... Helped the team to the state Group AA championship game in '97 ... Registered 48 solo tackles and 53 assists for the season ... Added nine sacks and three fumble recoveries ... Had three sacks, caused two fumbles and made 13 tackles in a game against Appomattox ... Grew two inches and added 40 pounds between his junior and senior seasons ...
Personal: Charles Jacob Grove ... Born 1/22/80 in Johnson City, TN ... Son of Chuck and Ruth Grove ... His dad is a Tech graduate ... Enrolled in residential property management.