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Old 04-27-2013, 02:00 PM   #3
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Article on Painter: http://articles.dailypress.com/2013-...pring-practice

Given how his career started and progressed for four years at Tech, Painter's rise up the draft board is surprising. After coming to Tech in 2008 considered by many recruiting analysts to be either one of the nation's top five offensive guard prospects or top 25 offensive tackles, Painter opened his career as a Hokie at defensive tackle.

He was moved to right guard during spring practice in '09, and then shifted to right tackle during spring practice a year later. A dislocated left knee that caused him to miss a portion of spring practice and the spring game in '10 didn't help his maturation as a player.

Though he played just 91 offensive snaps in his first three seasons combined, Painter still had a reputation for being perhaps the strongest player on the team. He finally got his chance to start last season when Tech had a vacancy at right tackle after the departure of four-year starter Blake DeChristopher.
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