Tim Settle and Ricky Walker Look to Anchor Virginia Tech's Defensive Line

A look at the twosome set to get serious burn for the Hokies at DT.

No. 8 Ricky Walker and No. 4 Tim Settle [Michael Shroyer]

With over 600 pounds between them, the impact Virginia Tech hopes defensive tackle duo Tim Settle and Ricky Walker will make for the Hokies' defense this season is, well, huge. The pair is tasked to replace first team All-ACC performer Woody Baron and stalwart Nigel Williams who combined last season for 23.5 tackles for loss and 73 total stops.

"It's time," Settle said about transitioning from understudy to center stage on the d-line. "I've waited for my time to come up... and I always played my role. I'm still gonna play my role as the player I need to be, and hopefully I can execute to the level I need to, to help the team win, and execute things that we need to execute. I'm not gonna look at it any different [than last year]. I'm gonna go hard every play, just how I'm supposed to, and I'm gonna help lead the team in areas that we need to be led, and I'm just gonna do my job."

Walker, primarily a reserve last season who also started four games in Williams' absence, is equally eager to take the reins full-time in the trenches for the Hokies.

"I'm anxious and hungry," Walker said. "It's finally my time to show out and show these guys what I'm capable of. It's not really no pressure, ya know, I kinda been doing this all my life. It's playing football. There's nothing really new, but I'm definitely anxious to show the team, my family, the world, everybody just what I'm capable of."

No doubt the Hokies are hoping the unique chemistry between Settle and Walker yield production that exceeds their predecessors'.

"When I say jump, he's like, 'how high you want me to jump?', and vice versa," Settle said.

Moreover, both admit to having their own line calls to keep themselves on the same page and offensive linemen in the dark.

Walker, a redshirt junior, has seemingly seized an opportunity for a leadership role.

"This offseason that's what I did. I'm more vocal, everybody's listening, coaches are noticing it and they're happy I'm doing it."

Settle agrees with the assessment.

"I bet you're gonna hear him [at practice, during winter conditioning] above everybody else," Settle said. "Ricky, Ricky makes sure he's heard out there. He keeps us going. Whenever we're tired or something like that Rick's always the one to speak up. He plays his role really well, he's up there, ya know. He leads the team, he's one of the older guys, and a lot of us look up to Ricky."

Though perhaps the loudest statement of the Hokies' offseason thus far was made in ink. Settle doubled down on his love for Virginia Tech — which stood by the Stonewall Jackson HS product through academic concerns during his recruitment — with a lunchpail tattoo on his bicep.

"All my tattoos have meanings," Settle explained. "Virginia Tech gave me a second chance after high school and stuff like that. I'm so dedicated and I love Virginia Tech with all my heart. Love coach Foster, I love the whole coaching staff, ya know, for them giving me a second chance, and for me to be able to play on a defense like this, I think that I should have it a part of something that I will never forget. So this is gonna be a part of me forever. ... I keep it with me so I can remember what I stand for, and who I represent every time I look at my tattoo right here."

Comments

How Charlie Wiles must feel coaching our DT's

Well one thing is for sure all our DTs are going to get a lot of 1 on 1 attention from him because we don't have many.

With over 600 lbs between them, so nice that we have a real D line meow!

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What sort of snap count do guys like this get? Are they every down or a few per series, etc?

will depends on timmy's conditioning. I would guess ricky will get upwards of 70% of the snaps as long as he can handle it due to our depth issues and the huge fall off between starters and potential backups. If timmy can play half the snaps I think it would be huge.

Half the snaps? I think you're significantly underestimating his conditioning. I think he will also play 70% of the snaps, and then when the game isn't close anymore probably 50% or less.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

I don't. Was mentioned he couldn't play more than 3-4 snaps in a row last year without needing a break. I think half or slightly more is optimistic if anything.

It was no secret that Settle was overweight and out of shape when he arrived on campus, but just from the videos and pictures this spring you can already tell a year of collegiate conditioning has done him very well. I don't think expecting him to triple that snap count is unrealistic.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

He's been on campus for two years at this point, no?

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

This will be 3rd summer in program. RedshirtSoph

Again:

Tim's run back at nd.

Where is Click?!

Man I couldn't be happier for 2 guys to get their time to shine and it's awesome to see them like brothers together. I've always been a big Ricky fan and I think many people forgot about him when we signed Settle. Can't wait to see them kick ass this year.

I think Ricky is cool with the underdog role.He is very confident in his abilities and has been overlooked since day 1. At least by fans/media. He had to go through the hype of Brown, Hand, Nnadi and fans disapointment in not getting those guys. Remember the SS going to play before him days. Then the Hype with Tim and he just keeps working. Good to see him at 295. I think he will eventually hit 300 as he continues to build more muscle. Hope he and Big Tim really show out this year. Will be huge for VT going forward.

Tim's gonna' need a new practice jersey. One with a few more X's in front of that L.

I was thinking he could get an X on the front like this

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

So his jersey will be nearly the same size as Boykin's gloves.

What the picture doesn't show is that the lunchpail tattoo on Settle's bicep is the same size as the actual lunchpail.

I think once they get SETTLED in it should be a WALKER in the park.

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I'd SETTLE for a WALKER into opposing backfields.

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All puns,aside, they will be meeting in the offenses back field a lot this coming season.

Nothing quite like pressure right up the middle to screw with an offense. This could be some serious fun.

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