Today is May 31, 2019, which means we are officially 91 days away from the Virginia Tech Hokies opening the college football season at Boston College. In today’s edition of our countdown, we take a look back at number 91, Jason Lallis, who was a Hokie from 2001-2004.
A look at Lallis’ career stats, you don’t see a player who put up huge numbers. He came to the Hokies as an undersized defensive tackle from the famed Dematha High in Hyattsville, MD. When Lallis arrived in Blacksburg, he was 6’0” and 260 pounds. How many defensive tackles could play inside at that size in 2019? Lallis didn’t just play inside though, his versatility allowed Bud Foster to move him around and he played end, too.
Lallis redshirted his first season on campus before becoming a contributor in 2001, in part due to his brute strength. As a redshirt freshman, Lallis earned Super Iron Hokie honors, squatting 550 pounds, recording a 300-pound clean and 350-pound squat. He played in 11 games that season and finished with 15 tackles. As a sophomore in 2002, Lallis played in 12 games, recording 48 tackles, including four for loss and two sacks. He even blocked a punt and also took a fumble back for his first career touchdown.
As a junior in 2003, Lallis played in 11 games with 25 tackles and a sack. He also recorded an interception. In his redshirt senior year of 2004, Lallis was named a co-captain for Virginia Tech’s first season in the ACC. Lallis again played in all 13 games, helping lead a Hokie defense to the ACC championship and a 10-3 record. Lallis scored his second career touchdown in 2004.
Lallis had a solid career for the Hokies. He was a good, dependable player for Foster and Charley Wiles and also a strong leader. Much like Luther Maddy, he was considered an undersized player who made an early impact for the Hokies and was a consistent player for four seasons.
After his playing career, Lallis has had quite the successful career. He became a pharmaceutical sales rep and enjoyed major success before earning a law degree. He was also worked with the legislative staff of the U.S. Senate, per his LinkedIn profile. These days, Lallis is an associate broker for Real Living At Home and you can find his webpage here.
So, Hokies, if you live in the DMV area and are looking for a home, Jason is your guy.