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Former Virginia Offensive Lineman Eddie Pinigis Transfers To Liberty
Liberty University Head Football Coach Danny Rocco has announced that former Virginia offensive tackle Eddie Pinigis has transferred to Liberty and will join the Flames' roster for the upcoming 2006 season.
"I had the opportunity to get to know Eddie and his family during the recruiting process at Virginia and I have continued to follow his process over the years," stated Rocco. "We are certainly excited about him be a part of our program."
Pinigis (6-8, 295, R-Jr., Forest, Va.), who was slated to start this season at right tackle at Virginia, is coming off a career year for the Cavaliers as he played in all 12 games and started contests against Boston College, Florida State and Maryland to earn his first career letter.
On the offensive line, he was named the team's offensive player of the week against Boston College, while he also served as a member of the kick scoring unit. Pinigis redshirted his first season with Virginia in 2003, while he saw playing time in five games as a redshirt freshman in 2004.
The transfer to Liberty marks the return home for the offensive lineman as he graduated from Jefferson Forest High School in 2003. Pinigis was ranked as the 63rd-best offensive lineman in the nation as a senior by Rivals.com, while earning first-team Group AA all-state honors the same year. He was also a first-team all-district and all-region selection as a junior, while not allowing a sack during his final two years at Jefferson Forest.
Pinigis marks the fourth Division I-A transfer for Liberty since Rocco took over the football program last December. Pinigis joins Zach Davis (6-4, 275, R-Jr., OL) from East Carolina, Stevie Ray Lloyd (5-11, 235, R-Jr., LB) from Virginia Tech and Rashad Jennings (6-1, 235, R-So., RB) from Pittsburgh as I-A transfers that are new to the program this year.