A third-team All-ACC selection by the coaches and an honorable mention All-ACC selection by ACSMA ... Started all 13 games ... Was in on 711 plays, 656 at defensive end and 55 on special teams ... Led the team with 34 hurries, also adding 44 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and 6.0 sacks ... Had a quarterback hurry in the season opener against Alabama ... Made four tackles, including one for loss, against Western Carolina ... Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after making three tackles, two of which were sacks for a 9-yard loss and forcing a fumble at East Carolina ... Had five tackles and five QB hurries against Marshall ... Made five tackles including one for loss at Georgia Tech ... Tallied four hurries to go along with five tackles in the win over North Carolina ... Had a sack and two hurries in the win over Pittsburgh ... Made four tackles and added a hurry against Duke ... Had three hurries and two tackles at Boston College ... Made two tackles for loss, including a sack, and added two hurries in the win at Miami ... Made four tackles, including a sack for a 4-yard loss against Maryland ... Had seven QB hurries and made three tackles in the win at Virginia ... Had five tackles, including half a sack, in the Sun Bowl.
2012 Coaches All-ACC Second Team ... A second-team All-ACC selection at defensive end ... Earned Coaches All-ACC Second Team honors ... Played in all 13 games, making 11 starts ... Played 601 plays, including 557 at defensive end and 44 on special teams ... Tallied 43 tackles on the season, including 11.0 for loss and 5.0 sacks ... Also had 27 quarterback hurries ... Made three tackles, including one for loss in limited action on defense in the season-opener against Georgia Tech ... Had two quarterback hurries against Austin Peay ... Made three tackles, including a sack at Pittsburgh ... Broke up a pass and helped on a TFL against Bowling Green ... Had two QB hurries against Cincinnati ... Made seven tackles, including 1.5 for a loss of 4 yards, at North Carolina ... Had two QB hurries and a sack while leading the defense with nine tackles against Duke ... Made four tackles, including a sack for an 8-yard loss at Clemson ... Had four QB hurries at Miami ... Sacked the quarterback for a 10-yard loss as part of his three tackles against Florida State ... Tallied six QB hurries to go along with four tackles at Boston College ... Had three tackles and three hurries against Virginia ... Made three tackles, including one for a three-yard loss, in the win over Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
A second-team All-ACC selection at defensive end ... Started all 13 games he played in ... Played over 575 snaps on defense and 36 on special teams ... Had 38 tackles, including 12.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks, along with 20 quarterback hurries on the season ... Had two tackles and a sack against Appalachian State ... Registered three tackles, a QB hurry and a sack for nine lost yards at ECU ... Picked up two hurries in the win over Arkansas State ... Earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors after posting seven tackles, three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three QB hurries in the win at Marshall ... Picked up 1.5 TFL, three total tackles, and three hurries against Clemson ... Was injured early in the Miami game and was limited to only six defensive snaps ... Missed the Wake Forest game due to injury ... Started the BC game but re-injured his ankle on the first series.Returned for Duke and picked up six tackles, including half a tackle for loss on 62 snaps ... Added two hurries ... Racked up 1.5 sacks and six total tackles at Georgia Tech ... Added two tackles and two hurries against UNC ... Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the second time on the season after posting five solo tackles, three tackles for 18 lost yards and two sacks to go along with three hurries at Virginia ... Had a hurry in the ACC Championship Game against Clemson ... Had four tackles and two quarterback hurries in the Sugar Bowl against Michigan ... Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in the spring testing ... Turned in a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump to go with a 400-pound bench press and a 4.44 second clocking in the 40.
Picked up two starts while playing in all 14 games ... Posted 13 total tackles, including 6.5 behind the line and four sacks ... Added 12 QB hurries ... Played briefly at end in the Boise and JMU games ... Started the ECU game for injured starter Chris Drager ... Had three tackles behind the line, including a sack, against Boston College ... Picked up a QB hurry in limited action at NC State ... Posted a sack, another tackle behind the line, two QB hurries and three tackles during 45 plays against Central Michigan ... Picked up a tackle in brief action against Georgia Tech ... Started at UNC and collected two sacks and six total tackles ... Played just 10 snaps at Miami, but had two QB hurries ... Picked up 12 plays in the ACC title game against FSU ... Won the Excalibur Award during the off-season, the highest honor in the Hokies' strength and conditioning program ... Had a 420-pound bench press, a 420-pound front squat, a 366-pound clean and a 341-pound jerk ... Also posted a 38-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.45 in the 40 ... Had one or more tackles behind the line in each of Tech's five spring scrimmages, including at least one sack in four of the five ... Had six sacks for the spring with one coming in the Maroon-White game ... Won the George Preas Award as the defensive MVP of the spring.
Redshirted while practicing at the stud end position ... Benched 375 pounds during off-season testing and posted a 36-inch vertical jump, tops among the ends ... Clocked at 4.58 in the 40 ... Contributed a pair of sacks during the first Saturday scrimmage of the spring ... Added another sack in the final scrimmage ... Collected three tackles, including a sack during the Maroon-White game ... Earned the Paul Torgersen Award as the top defensive newcomer of the spring.
An all-star player for Coach Jeff Nelson ... Listed as the No. 26 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times ... Rated the No. 25 strongside defensive end in the nation and the No. 22 player in the state by Rivals ... Ranked the No. 27 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep ... A member of SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic Team ... Named to PrepStar's All-Atlantic Region Team as a defensive lineman ... A second-team member of The Daily Press Football All-Stars team ... A second-team All-Peninsula District member as a defensive end ... Registered 96 tackles (60 solo) and 12 sacks as a defensive end his senior season ... Tallied 56 solo tackles and 10 sacks as a junior.
James Rashaan Gayle ... Born 2/15/91 in Los Angeles, CA ... Son of James and Michelle Gayle ... Uncle, Shaun Gayle, played for the Chicago Bears ... Enrolled in sociology.