The redshirt freshman from Nichole, Georgia, who recorded 24 tackles on the season, including 4.5 for a loss, will be making his third career start against the Hokies. Prior to the team departing for Jacksonville, Grady visited with InsideTheVille.com and talked about containing Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, playing alongside Elvis Dumervil and more.
How does it feel to be in the number one spot?
"I've been in the number one spot before, so it's not new to me. I'm pretty excited for the opportunity to show coach that I can play football."
What are your thoughts about stopping Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick?
"Well, first I think of Michael Vick, because I'm from Georgia and a big Atlanta Falcons fan. I'm just so happy to be able to go out there and play against him. I'm looking forward to it a lot. The game will only be an hour and half from my home, so I'll have a lot of family coming, so I can't wait."
What goes through your mind when you think about containing Marcus Vick?
What's the excitement level for everybody?
"You have to be excited. This is probably the biggest bowl that this school has played in awhile and everybody's excited and we can't wait. A lot of us are from the south – Alabama, Florida and Georgia – so there will be a lot of our families and friends there to watch us play."
Talk about how the rotation has changed with Montavious Stanley out for the game.
"I've been in this situation before when Amobi Okoye was down. It's nothing new for us. We do get a lot more reps in practice because he's down."
How do you see yourself and Elvis Dumervil working together?
"When you play with Elvis you know he's going to make his plays and that the spotlight is going to be on him. He tends to pick up double-teams, so that should free me up and allow me to make a few more plays."
You played well when you started two games earlier this year.
"It made me more comfortable with things when I got the start. It made me feel like coach had confidence in me and made me feel better about my position on this team. That helped me to go out and relax and do what I can."
You're smaller than Montavious Stanley – do feel that gives you an advantage with some things you'll need to do against Virginia Tech?
"I'm pretty strong for my size. I bench press 460 pounds. I'm undersized, but I'm a lot quicker."