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Nick Jenkins Reacts, Looks Forward

Add Virginia’s football team to the latest in a cast of sports teams that considers the world against them.

“All of us have a chip on our shoulders,” nose tackle Nick Jenkins said. “Everybody in the whole football world [is against us]. They saw what happened.”

Asked whether he understood why fans would have a negative perception of the team, Jenkins declined comment.

The Cavaliers could use more performances like the one Jenkins delivered in Saturday's 26-14 loss to William & Mary. The starting nose tackle in Virginia’s 3-4 base defense blocked a field goal and registered five tackles.

The Cavaliers tallied only one sack, but that was more because the Tribe built its offense around quick passes to prevent Virginia from rushing the passer. The defense also was on the field for more than 35 minutes, partly because the Cavaliers' offense committed seven turnovers.

“We got to do whatever is called for – offense, defense, special teams,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins blocked a kick as a redshirt freshman last season. He said the key to blocking a kick from the inside position is the initial surge, and that he and Matt Conrath are big targets in the middle. However, Jenkins admitted blocking a field goal is not simply technique.

“It's just as much on the kicker,” Jenkins said, “if he’s kicking low.”

By Zach Berman  |  September 10, 2009; 8:23 AM ET
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Sorry Al..7 turnovers equals a poorly coached team. It is time for you to say so long, and the University then decides whether or not they want to actually compete at a BCS level. If so, it begins with a big name coach who can recruit nationally. UVa has the same ACC policy for admissions as all the other schools in the conference. Al has been able to lure a few good players each year..but not nearly enough to make a difference. Virginia used to be competitive with longer..and that is not acceptable!

Posted by: blazerguy234 | September 10, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Yes Coach Groh has done an admirable job but even when UVA was sending 4-5 players to the league every year (2002-2006) they grossly underachieved. No one expects UVA to even compete with Tech even though UVA has the recruiting base and money to invest to become a national powerhouse. Groh does NOT have a good reputation in the Tidewater area where most of the states talent resides.

GROH MUST GO after the season based on consistent underachievement and the despearte need for UVA to start fresh w/ "hopefully" a big name or very good hire.

Posted by: cwprice2 | September 10, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Nick Jenkins is a Good Counsel Falcon. This Terp is happy to cheer for Nick.

Posted by: keino83 | September 10, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

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