Former Hokies working to lock down roster spots at Redskins training camp

Published: Jul. 25, 2019 at 6:12 PM EDT
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This offseason, the Redskins' 308-pound lineman Tim Settle set himself a goal: to get a six-pack.

"I don't know how long it's gonna' take though," Settle explained. "I'm not in a rush."

While the six-pack might still be in the works, Settle has still taken time since last season to re-focus.

"I had to slow things down," he said. "I was thinking too much and I feel like I had to find myself and just, the whole process this year was just stay healthy, work hard, get strong, eat smart and put everything together."

Settle is entering his second year on Washington's defensive line after leaving Virginia Tech in 2018.

He's one of a few former Hokies returning to the Redskins defense for their sophomore seasons with a full professional year under their belt.

"It feels a lot different," said cornerback Greg Stroman. "I feel comfortable, a lot. Just relaxed and comfortable. It's better than last year."

Stroman is fighting for a roster spot alongside Adonis Alexander, both alum's of the self-proclaimed 'DBU.'

Though nobody's spot is guaranteed, the Hokies are still looking out for each other.

"I'm gonna' push him," Stroman said about his competition with Alexander. "I'm gonna' push him to the end. I hang out with him every day so I'm definitely gonna' push him. We see each other a lot. Like I said, we're just gonna' push each other just to be the best we can and represent our school."

Settle also knows what the duo can accomplish behind him.

"I'm used to playing with them, so I know how they play, but I know they're going to hold their end down," he said. "What I'm really worried about is just destroying everything up front. That's how everybody else's mindset is on the D-Line is destroying everything up front."

And while Settle respects his VT roots, his focus now is crystal clear.

"Once a Hokie, always a Hokie," he said. "I got the lunch pail tatted on me. I got that blood, you know. I'm a Hokie. I'm full VT. Once a Hokie, always a Hokie, but right now it's HTTR."

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