Coming off its Group AAA, Division 5 state championship title last season, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, VA) kicked off the 2008 season in fine fashion with a 42-28 win over West Springfield last week. Putting the clamps on West Springfield star quarterback Bryn Renner, a UNC commit, the Bulldogs held a 42-7 advantage at halftime.
Virginia Tech commitment David Wang certainly was pleased with his team’s play and feels good about the season that lies ahead.
“It is always hard to lose seniors, especially seniors like Jeron Gouveia and Ryan Moody, but we had good returners,” Wang said. “We had a lot of returning starters and we have great chemistry on the field.”
A first-team VHSCA all-state selection on the offensive line last season as a junior, the 6-2, 302-pound prospect will primarily play defensive tackle this season in Stone Bridge’s new 4-man front defensive scheme. Head coach Mickey Thompson ran a 3-man front last season.
“I’m migrating more towards the defensive side of the ball,” Wang said. “Coach [Mickey] Thompson thinks this will help me since I’m projected to play defensive tackle at Virginia Tech.
“I think I did pretty well [in the first game]. I didn’t have big numbers, but I think I did well.”
Wang worked hard this off-season, improving his strength and speed and showing off his strength and athleticism at two Nike camps. He also attended both of Virginia Tech’s summer camps, getting more of a taste for what gridiron life will be like at Virginia Tech. As has been the case each time he has visited Tech, he greatly enjoyed each experience.
“They are great people and really fun to work with,” Wang said, referring to Virginia Tech’s coaches. “I’ve been coming year after year to their summer camp. Every experience has been great. Coach Wiles is a great coach. He loves making jokes, but he is serious about what he does and he is a great coach.”
Having a chance to see the talented prospect up close at Tech’s July camp, it was clear that the future Hokie has a high motor and a good work ethic. His family has been a tremendous influence in helping him develop these positive traits, which should only help once his career begins in Blacksburg.
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