2006 Virginia Tech Football Season Preview: Offensive Line

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After losing three full time starters and a backup with starting experience
off the 2005 team, the 2006 offensive line is in rebuilding mode. That isn’t
limited to the players. The Hokies got a new offensive line coach in the
offseason as well. Curt Newsome came to Virginia Tech after developing the
offensive line at James Madison and helping the Dukes win a national
championship.

Newsome has his work cut out for him. The Hokies have limited experience up
front and may have to rely on a true freshman in the starting lineup. But they
do have some talent, and this is a group that can gel by the end of the season.

Offensive Tackle

This will be Virginia Tech’s most athletic group of offensive tackles in
the history of the program. Tech should be fine at this position, provided they
can stay healthy. There is absolutely no experience among the backups at tackle.

LT Brandon Frye, 6-4, 311, r-Sr.

Frye is an excellent athlete who is probably the most impressive player in
Mike Gentry’s weight room. Because he spent his first three years behind the
dependable Jimmy Martin, nobody knew much about Frye until he dominated
Louisville’s All-American defensive end Elvis Dumervil in the Gator Bowl last
season when Martin went down with an injury.

Because Frye is a senior and he has started one career game, that makes him
one of Tech’s most experienced linemen. His hard work has gotten him to where
he is today, and if he has a good year on the field combined with his athletic
ability, he could have a chance at the next level.

RT
Duane Brown, 6-5, 290, r-Jr.

Like Frye, Brown is one of the most athletic players Tech has ever had at
tackle. Brown was a tight end his first two years, before being moved to tackle
approximately two weeks before the season opener last year. He had a solid 2005
campaign,

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