Alford Has Made Speed A Priority In Offseason

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A rising senior at the time, Dewayne Alford ran the 40 in the 4.6-second range at Virginia Tech’s one-day camp in July of 2010. That’s an impressive time for a player who stands at 6’3″ and weighs 225 pounds. This offseason, Alford, now less than two months away from enrolling at Virginia Tech, has continued to work on his speed as he prepares for college football.

“I’d have to say I have improved my acceleration,” Alford said. “I got a speed ladder for a graduation gift. That’s all I wanted. I’ve been doing that a lot.”

Alford signed with the Hokies in February of 2011. A gray-shirt recruit, the former Nansemond River (Suffolk, VA) standout accepted Tech’s offer knowing he would delay enrollment until January of 2012. In addition to preparing physically for high-major college football, Alford is also taking an English course at a local community college this fall.

While the offseason has been a benefit, Alford is more than ready to be in Blacksburg. He reports on January 14.

“I’m anxious now,” Alford said. “It’s all I think about. It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up and it’s the last thing I think about when I go to sleep.”

Alford says he has done well in terms of working out consistently and eating healthy, but he looks forward to being in a college strength program full-time.

“That definitely will help,” Alford said, referring to the experience he’ll get next spring. “I’ll get more acclimated to the playbook and put on more weight. I’ll improve my speed. It’ll help in all aspects.”

Defensive end is where Alford will begin his Tech career, but another position could be in the cards.

“[The Virginia Tech coaches] told me defensive end,” Alford said when asked which position he would start out playing at Tech. “I don’t know if I have the frame to be a defensive tackle. I’ve heard I have the frame to be a linebacker. I feel I could adjust to that. I primarily played linebacker last year.”

Alford totaled 60 tackles including six sacks while playing D-end his junior season. At this point, he feels getting after the quarterback is his specialty.

“Pass-rushing is something I

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