Western Albemarle's Luke Tenuta drafted by Bills
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (CBS19 Sports) -- From Friday Night Endzone to the NFL, Western Albemarle's Luke Tenuta was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
The 6'8" 319 pound Tenuta was the 209th overall selection in the 2022 Draft.
The redshirt sophomore from Virginia Tech started in 26 games at tackle, earning All-ACC Honorable Mentions. His versatility was on display with the Hokies, starting 14 games at right tackle and 12 at left tackle.
"My big thing, I came here, knew what I had to do," said Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Luke Tenuta. "I knew I was gonna redshirt, I knew I was gonna gain weight and learn how to play a position I really never played. Got to be with people, I made some of my best friends here and played with some great guys. It was really cool to have this year, my dad was coaching here so that was cool to have him around. I'm just really blessed to be able to be a Hokie and they always say, VT never comes off no matter where you are."
Even before college, Tenuta demonstrated how dynamic of an athlete he was. At Western Albemarle, Tenuta was a two-way player. He was named Class 3 All-State as a defensive end with 52.5 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. His dad, John Tenuta, played for Virginia from 1978-1980 as a defensive end.
Tenuta joins Louisa County native Brandon Smith as former high school players in Central Virginia to be drafted this year.