One of the non-local players coming into TPC on Monday is Virginia Tech safety Alonzo Tweedy, a player known for his special teams prowess. He could be a late round pick for the Giants or any other club looking to upgrade the quality of their specials.
Alonzo Tweedy/S/Virginia Tech has worked out for the New England Patriots and will be traveling to see the New York Giants next week…—
Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 12, 2013
Tweedy was not a regular starter at VT but he spearheaded the team’s punt coverage, and the Giants have been looking for a solid gunner on specials. David Tyree was the best they’ve had over the past decade or so and he was succeeded by Devin Thomas, whose play helped the Giants get to Super Bowl XLVI.
Tweedy has size (6’2″, 197) and speed (a 4.39 40 time) and can also be counted on to dial up a safety blitz. Against FSU last November Tweedy had six tackles, 1 1/2 that went for a loss.
From Andy Bitter of the Virginian-Pilot:
Of Tweedy’s 21 tackles this year, 16 have been on special teams. Eight of those are on punt coverage. The rest of the team has 11.
“(If) I put it right, it’s getting stopped; there’s no question in my mind,” punter A.J. Hughes said. “I could give him three seconds hang time, he’s already down there. He’s a freak. He’s insane.”
“I just run,” said Tweedy, who said he’s been timed at 4.39 seconds in the 40. “I think of it as a race. As soon as I see them hike the ball, I’m gone. I make one move and I’m out.”