Surprise! You get one more category to vote on as we look back at the last decade of Virginia Tech football. Today, you decide who you think should be Mr. Hokie for the Aughts.
Basically, who you vote for Mr. Hokie should be the player that best represents the spirit and work ethic of Virginia Tech football. He should be selfless, a good leader and a hard worker. On-field accomplishments aren't the first think we're looking for here, but the winner is in your hands. Here are the nominees:
Justin Hamilton (2002-2005) - Hamilton played a different position just about every year he was with the Hokies. Wherever Tech had a need, that's where he was willing to play. He saw time at running back and wide receiver his first three years at Tech before moving to free safety his senior year. He helped quarterback statistically one of the best defenses we've seen at Tech that year. While Hamilton could have transferred to a school where he would have been given the ball more often, he stayed at Tech and did all that was asked of him.
Bryan Randall (2001-2004) - Despite struggling early in his career as Tech's quarterback, Randall put it all together his senior season and led the Hokies to the 2004 ACC championship. In 2003, Randall was forced to split time at quarterback with Marcus Vick. However, Vick was suspended for the 2004 season and Randall took the team on his back and led them to the Sugar Bowl.
Vince Hall (2004-2007) - Hall was at or near the top in tackles for the Hokies in all four of his years at Tech. He may not have been as gifted an athlete as his partner in crime, Xavier Adibi, but Hall made up for it in leadership and a strong football sense. He also seemed to be there whenever the Hokies needed a big play, including an interception at the Hokies' four-yard line with just over two minutes to go in the 2007 ACCCG with Tech clinging to a 23-16 lead over BC.
Cody Grimm (2006-2009) - The Deathbacker. Grimm came to Tech as a walk-on and gradually worked his way onto the field by working hard in practice and being a wild man on special teams. Grimm shared time with Cam Martin at whip linebacker in 2008, but still tied for second on the team in sacks with 7.5. He took over for the injured Martin in 2009 and through 12 games has three sacks, five pass break-ups and seven forced fumbles.