For D.C. area Hokies, a happy homecoming vs. Boise State
Virginia Tech sophomore linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow was sitting in a team meeting this week, preparing like he has all summer for his first career start, when the magnitude of Monday night's showdown with No. 3 Boise State finally hit him.
This will be bigger than the state championship he won at Ashburn's Stone Bridge High School in 2007. He'll have more of an impact than when he played in eight games and made three tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2009. And his debut as a starter will come in front of all his friends and family, on the same field his father, former Washington Redskins linebacker Kurt Gouveia, ended his career.
"This is definitely the biggest game of my life," said Gouveia-Winslow, an outside linebacker. "It's ... all I think about really. It’s exciting, and so overwhelming, but everything together is just something else.”
Gouveia-Winslow is one of 13 Washington area products on the Hokies' travel roster that will enjoy a homecoming of sorts when the team kicks off its 2010 season at FedEx Field. Besides Gouveia-Winslow, cornerback Rashad Carmichael (Gwynn Park), running back Ryan Williams (Stonewall Jackson) and tight end Andre Smith (Seneca Valley) will also be in the starting lineup.
The game will be particularly special for Carmichael and Smith, both fifth-year seniors. Carmichael said this week he had some trouble finding enough tickets because most of his family, almost all of his friends from high school and the Gwynn Park coaching staff plan to be in the stands Monday night. Smith also expects a strong contingent of family and friends from Germantown to make the trip to Landover.
"I’d like to have as many people as possible come and be there," said Smith. "This is probably gonna be my last time playing at home, so I’m definitely looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd.”
September 4, 2010; 1:31 PM ET
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