By Zack Conway, sports staff writer
Note: As part of the Collegiate Times’ coverage of Virginia Tech football, we’ll be breaking down the 2012 football roster every weekday until March 28 when the Hokies begin spring practice
Weight: 302 pounds
Position: Offensive tackle
2012 Year: Redshirt-Sophomore
Mark Shuman has just finished his full season as a member of the Virginia Tech football team. He finished his redshirt freshman year playing a total of only 14 offensive snaps. Most of his playing time came against Virginia when he played a total of 11 snaps. Shuman did not see a lot of playing time this year due to the amount of experience in front of him; the Hokies had four seniors staring on the line this year.
Coming to Tech in 2010 Shuman was a highly recruited left tackle, but he knew he had to improve his footwork if he wanted to see the field at all during his time here. Throughout the season, Shuman worked hard and improved his mobility and footwork at the left tackle position. He worked with the scout team throughout the 2010 season, and during this time he was able to refine his skills and feel more comfortable at left tackle.
Spring practice and off-season workouts should just continue to help Shuman get better each and everyday, and hopefully when the season starts he is right where he needs to be. With all the seniors that leaving Tech on the offensive line, there is a good chance we could see Shuman on the field when September rolls around. Shuman has great size and with his improved mobility he could come right in and have an impact on this offensive line.