Virginia Tech-bound senior Dewayne Alford won’t be the first college football player in his family. He has an uncle who played running back at Savannah State, and this same uncle has provided his nephew with a preview of what to expect on the next level.
“He told me about the physicality of the college level,” said Alford, a star defensive end at Nansemond River High School (Suffolk, VA). “He told be about the faster style of play, the toughness, the size and the speed.”
Alford has accepted a grey-shirt opportunity at Virginia Tech, so he won’t enroll in Blacksburg until January of 2012. He’ll have time before his freshman season arrives, and he plans to use the extra time wisely.
“I think grey-shirting will be a positive thing,” he said. “I’ll have more time in the weight room, to get down on the stuff I need to work on. I could possibly put on more weight. I can work one on one with a trainer. I can get more agile and be in better shape, so when I’m at Virginia Tech it won’t be too hard of an adjustment.
“Watching the Tech Spring Game, I can see the college level is a much higher speed than high school. The linemen are faster, so I need to get off the ball faster and be more physical.”
Since committing to Virginia Tech in July, “Things have been good,” Alford said. “I’ve actually had a lot of people come up to me. I guess people know more now. They heard I was going to Virginia Tech. Everywhere I go, someone asks where I play. One time, someone asked if I knew Dewayne Alford (laughs). I’ve been enjoying it. I’m just trying to enjoy my senior year.”
After two years at Portsmouth Christian, Alford transferred into Nansemond River before his junior season. A 61-tackle, 6-sack season and a terrific offseason, in which he earned the offer from Virginia Tech, had the standout feeling confident heading into 2010. He didn’t disappoint in two preseason scrimmages, racking up four sacks in total. Unfortunately, the 6-2, 220-pound senior is currently out with a sprained ankle.
“Before I rolled my ankle, I felt like my level of play was faster than it was last year,” said Alford, who expects to return for his team’s third...
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