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Cavaliers Journal: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Virginia 20, Maryland 9

Virginia is now 3-3 and in sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal Division. If you could have predicted this in the final hours of Sept. 5 after Virginia lost to William & Mary, you should move to...

By Zach Berman  |  October 17, 2009; 9:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Halftime Notes

An ugly first half by the Cavaliers concludes with a 6-3 deficit. - Think Virginia misses Mikell Simpson? The Cavaliers have -2 rushing yards, although that total is a bit misleading because sacks count as lost rushing yards. But Rashawn...

By Zach Berman  |  October 17, 2009; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Minutes Until Kickoff...

Tough day for Maryland to host a homecoming. It's been raining all day, the weather is cold and there are two losing teams. Kickoff is in 20 minutes and there are barely any fans in Byrd Stadium. Let's see how...

By Zach Berman  |  October 17, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Links

Gameday is here. Virginia will finish the day either .500 or fall to 2-4, which might be too tough to dig out of to reach a bowl game. Onto the morning stories... A story digging deeper into one of the...

By Zach Berman  |  October 17, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia's Locker Room Atmosphere

The product on the field through the first three games of the 2009 season was difficult for Virginia fans to watch, but the attitude in the locker room before the games was a concern to the players. “That was one...

By Zach Berman  |  October 16, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Jackson in Line for Opportunity

The last time Virginia visited Maryland, fullback Rashawn Jackson was left back in Charlottesville with a hamstring injury. Had Jackson made the trip, Mikell Simpson might not have been the featured running back. Simpson had a career performance, and the...

By Zach Berman  |  October 16, 2009; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Links

One day until gameday, and it looks like Mikell Simpson will not play. Check Cavaliers Journal today for an inside look at who might take the carries -- and it's not who you might think. Onto the links... Cam Johnson...

By Zach Berman  |  October 16, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Simpson Doubtful, Brown Out

Running back Mikell Simpson is doubtful, so he probably will not play in Saturday's game against Maryland. Wide receiver Javaris Brown is out. Here is the full injury report: University of Virginia Football Injury Report Game 6 vs. Maryland Issued:...

By Zach Berman  |  October 15, 2009; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Spontaneous Act of Kindness by Groh

On Virginia Coach Al Groh's Thursday teleconference with reporters, radio host Wes McElroy from WRNL-910 in Richmond shared that he was shaving his head this weekend as part of a fundraiser for breast cancer research. He was telling this to...

By Zach Berman  |  October 15, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Online Chat, 1:30

Same time, same place as every week. Join The Post's college sports staff for our weekly chat. The Virginia-Maryland game is the first meeting of the season between two area teams, so send any questions our way....

By Zach Berman  |  October 15, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Links

Mikell Simpson's status remains unknown, although if it were his decision and not the doctor's call, Simpson would be on the field. After opening the season with a cluttered receiving corps, Kris Burd and Vic Hall are now the top...

By Zach Berman  |  October 15, 2009; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia-Maryland Rivalry

Virginia and Maryland is a rivalry, which has been a subject of stories in both states this week. But the rivalry is not only because of proximity. Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak said the students are different, too. “It’s two different...

By Zach Berman  |  October 14, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Simpson Update

I spoke last night with John Culp, the father of Virginia running back Mikell Simpson. Culp said Simpson is eager to return to the field after suffering a neck injury in the third quarter of last week’s win over Indiana,...

By Zach Berman  |  October 14, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Morning Links

Jameel Sewell and Chris Cook are both excelling after their suspended season. Mikell Simpson's early-season success is the result of better decision making. The answer to Virginia's turnaround could be found in the locker room before the game. Meet the...

By Zach Berman  |  October 14, 2009; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hall to Start at WR

Virginia released its depth chart for Saturday's game at Maryland. The only major change is Vic Hall is now listed as a first-team wide receiver with Jared Green as his backup. Matt Snyder is no longer the depth chart. Also,...

By Zach Berman  |  October 13, 2009; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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True Freshmen and Emerging Contributors

Virginia has already played 12 true freshmen this season, a point of contention among fans who’d rather see a freshman redshirt. Coach Al Groh likes to prepare players who will take on larger roles the following season, but some of...

By Zach Berman  |  October 13, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Links

It's that time of year. Football has a big game for the season -- and Coach Al Groh's future -- against a border rival. Men's basketball begins practice during the first season of the Tony Bennett era. Women's basketball prepares...

By Zach Berman  |  October 13, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Football Notes

- Cornerback Ras-I Dowling was named ACC defensive back of the week. Dowling and senior Chris Cook combine for one of the best cornerback duos in the ACC and allow Coach Al Groh, who doubles as defensive coordinator, to call...

By Zach Berman  |  October 12, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia-Georgia Tech at Noon

The Virginia-Georgia Tech game on Oct. 24 will be played at noon at Scott Stadium, the ACC announced Monday. Here is that week's entire schedule: Saturday, Oct. 24 Georgia Tech at Virginia, RAYCOM, Noon Maryland at Duke, ESPN360.com, 1:30 pm...

By Zach Berman  |  October 12, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Links

It will be a busy day in Charlottesville today between the weekly football news conference and men's and women's basketball media day. It all means Cavaliers Journal will be busy this week. Here are some stories to stat the morning......

By Zach Berman  |  October 12, 2009; 6:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sunday Teleconference Notes

- The re-sodded field had “a little bit of impact” on the game, Coach Al Groh said. A couple players stumbled and the turf tore at times in the game. “We once has what was rated as the best field...

By Zach Berman  |  October 11, 2009; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Links

Some stories while you enjoy the day after a 47-7 victory... In this morning's Washington Post story, Mikell Simpson's injury was all that went wrong for Virginia. Now that the Cavaliers discovered the "scent" of winning, they do not want...

By Zach Berman  |  October 11, 2009; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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