Grove seen as potential cornerstone of line

Jake Grove's strength and technique, in addition to his nasty streak, have made him the top center prospect.

Updated: April 8, 2004, 3:03 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Casually engage Jake Grove in conversation, even for just a few minutes, and you come away convinced that the Virginia Tech center is an amiable enough young man. A good ol' farm boy, as conversant in matters of crop rotation as he is in cut-blocks, a self-made player who is about as nice a kid as you'd ever want to meet.

But dig a little bit more, plumb the depths of Grove's football mindset, and that's where the Mr. Hyde element of his persona lies. Ask teammates about Grove's dark side, ...

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