Checking In With DE/TE Seth Dooley

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Glenvar (Salem, VA) product Seth Dooley knew grey-shirting was an option, so he wasn’t surprised when the Virginia Tech staff asked him to delay enrollment until January of 2013.   The extra time should be a benefit as Dooley only played two years of high school football.

All set academically, Dooley will take a few courses at a local community college this fall.  His main focus athletically is to continue to add good weight and strength, which he has been successful in doing so far this offseason.

“I played at about 215 pounds last season.  I’m 245 pounds right now,” said Dooley, who signed a letter of intent with the Hokies in February of 2012.  “I’m getting more weight and maintaining my speed.”

Consistent weight room work has been a key to Dooley’s physical development.  His self motivation in the weight room certainly helps.

“I’ve been doing the workout [the Virginia Tech coaches] gave me.” Dooley said.  “I’m in a good routine working out and practicing.  That’s my thing.  I love getting in there, going at it.”

When he isn’t working out, the 6’5″ Dooley is busy eating… a lot.

“I’ve been eating like a dog,” Dooley said with a laugh.  He had eight hotdogs at one sitting this offseason.  “I eat constantly.  I take in a lot of protein.  I have a big breakfast.  I’m snacking until lunch.  Apples, PB&Js, peanut butter crackers… whatever I can get my hands on.  I go all day.  I burn so many calories that I have to take in the calories to keep up.”

Athletically gifted, Dooley posted a 34-inch vertical leap and ran the 40 in 4.6 seconds last summer.  What is also impressive is the fact that he led Glenvar in rushing his senior season, totaling 782 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Dooley’s junior season, which was his first playing high school football, he played defensive end and tight end.  He moved to middle linebacker for his senior season and is credited with 93 solo tackles including 22 tackles for loss and four sacks.  Defensive end is the position he admits he is most comfortable playing, and that is likely where he will start out at Tech (though tight end has been mentioned as a possibility).

“I like d-end.  My junior year, it just felt natural,” said Dooley, who tallied 28.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks