Mike Wandey’s life revolves around Virginia Tech football.
The freshman tailback wakes up at about 7 each morning.
Wandey often stays up late with his five roommates, who also are members of the Hokies team.
He has an academic counselor who monitors his grades, strength coaches who pushed his bench press from 285 pounds to 320, and a nutritionist who taught him how to bulk up.
(Breakfast one recent morning consisted of four biscuits sopping with gravy, two plates packed with scrambled eggs, a couple fistfuls of bacon, a bowl of sausage patties and a glass of water.) Everything builds to Saturday’s game — at which point Wandey sits in the stands and watches his teammates play.
If it’s an away game, he watches on television, like any other student.
“You go from high school, from being that guy, the quote ‘star’ on the team, to here,” said Wandey, 19, who graduated from Oakton earlier this year and walked on to Tech’s football team.
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