Burd Leads Undistinguished WR Unit
None of Virginia’s wide receivers had a particularly impressive game in the opening loss to William & Mary, although the group had an unexpected leader: Kris Burd.
Burd, a sophomore, finished with five catches for a team-high 46 yards. He is not among the team’s top three receivers on the depth chart – those are Jared Green, Matt Snyder and Javaris Brown – but the receiving corps is undistinguished and offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon utilizes different personnel groupings.
“Clearly, we could have played better,” Burd said. “The receiving corps, we left plays out there. I feel like in practice we're just starting to getting back to basics."
Burd said the group needs to do a better job recognizing defensive coverage, watching for blitzes and knowing when to adjust routes. Groh said wide receiver is one of the positions he needs to be most patient with because it is a young group that is the most inexperienced on the team.
"There's a lot of refinement necessary there yet, in terms of the precision of the route running,” Groh said. “We’re looking for a lot more precision in that.”
Burd said the receivers understood they were a source of scrutiny entering the season and have made it their initiative to try to emerge as one of the best groups in the ACC. That would seem unlikely, although the Cavaliers have some intriguing prospects – particularly in the freshman class. Brown is a redshirt freshman, and there is much optimism about freshmen Tim Smith and Quintin Hunter.
But responsibility falls on such as Green and Burd, who have two full seasons of experience in the program, even without significant playing time.
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