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Cavaliers Journal: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Georgia Tech 34, Virginia 9

It's back to reality for Virginia, which followed a three-game winning streak with a performance that appeared more similar to the season opener against William & Mary than the previous ACC wins. As always, I'm curious to hear what you...

By Zach Berman  |  October 24, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Halftime Notes

Georgia Tech enters halftime with a 13-6 lead and possession of the ball. What cost Virginia was failing to score a touchdown when it had 1st and goal from the 2-yard line and mishandling a punt in its own red...

By Zach Berman  |  October 24, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Steady Rain at Scott Stadium

Seventy-five minutes until kickoff, and it was just raining hard at Scott Stadium. The rain has since died down. It will be interesting to see if it continues throughout the afternoon. For all the in-game updates, check twitter.com/CavsJournal. I'll keep...

By Zach Berman  |  October 24, 2009; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

We're hours from kickoff. Here are the final story lines for a crucial few hours of football... Virginia Coach Al Groh relishes opportunities like today's game against Georgia Tech. One defensive mistake against the triple-option offense can lead to a...

By Zach Berman  |  October 24, 2009; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Freshmen DEs Hill and Urban might play Saturday

Although the injury to Matt Conrath would likely slide Zane Parr into the starting role, freshman Will Hill was listed with the first-team defense on the depth chart. Hill enrolled at Virginia during the spring semester, so he had the...

By Zach Berman  |  October 23, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: who wins the Virginia-Ga. Tech game?

Who Will Win Saturday's Game? Virginia in a blowout Virginia in a close game Georgia Tech in a close game Georgia Tech in a blowout Created on Oct 23, 2009 View Results poll by twiigs.com...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  October 23, 2009; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

One day until kickoff. Here are the stories to get you in the mood... In this morning's Washington Post, you can read about how Brandon Woods's life changed in the span of one week -- and how he received Coach...

By Zach Berman  |  October 23, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Conrath out, Sewell probable

University of Virginia Football Injury Report Game 7 vs. Georgia Tech Issued: Thursday, Oct 22 This report is compiled by the University of Virginia Sports Medicine staff under the direction of Dr. David Diduch. Out Matt Conrath (ankle) Doubtful none...

By Zach Berman  |  October 22, 2009; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Online Chat, 1:30 p.m.

Same time, same place as usual. The college sports staff will hold our weekly chat. Virginia is on top of the ACC standings, so please send any questions about the Cavaliers -- or any of the other local teams and...

By Zach Berman  |  October 22, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Barker awaits rematch with Georgia Tech, Morgan

Before Virginia played Georgia Tech last season, Cavaliers right tackle Will Barker was underachieving in his third year as a starter. The player who showed significant progress from his freshman season to his sophomore season seemed to have hit a...

By Zach Berman  |  October 22, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

Two days until a game that might reveal whether Virginia's hot streak is legitimate or not. Here is an update on some of the top storylines: Michael Phillips from the Richmond Times-Dispatch provides a mid-term report card. ESPN.com looks at...

By Zach Berman  |  October 22, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Paul Johnson news conference

I'll have more in the next two days of specifics about Saturday's matchup against Georgia Tech. For now, here are Paul Johnson's comments from his weekly news conference: Opening Statement: I was proud of our football team Saturday. I thought...

By Zach Berman  |  October 21, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Red zone statistics misleading

A quick glance at Virginia's statistics reveals that Virginia has reached the red zone 17 times this season and scored all 17 times, if you include both touchdowns and field goals. But Virginia Coach Al Groh wants touchdowns whenever the...

By Zach Berman  |  October 21, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

ESPN.com provides a midseason report on the Cavaliers, with Jameel Sewell as the offensive MVP and Ras-I Dowling as the defensive MVP. Kicker Robert Randolph would be the special teams MVP if that award was handed out, and Randolph actually...

By Zach Berman  |  October 21, 2009; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Depth chart vs. Georgia Tech

Virginia released its mid-week depth chart, which must always be taken with a grain of salt because Virginia plays multiple formations and has some true freshmen in backup spots that are not listed. But this week's depth chart included one...

By Zach Berman  |  October 20, 2009; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Baseball brings in No. 9 recruiting class

Virginia's recruiting class that begins in the 2009 season was ranked No. 9 by Baseball America. It is the second-best class in the ACC after North Carolina and comes on the heels of the program's first-ever College World Series appearance....

By Zach Berman  |  October 20, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Verica might again face Georgia Tech

If Jameel Sewell cannot play Saturday, Marc Verica will start. Although many Virginia fans remember Verica for his interceptions during last November’s losing streak, he also quarterbacked the Cavaliers during a four-game October winning streak in 2008. That included a...

By Zach Berman  |  October 20, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Players nickname Groh 'Jeezy'

Reporters have started to call Virginia Coach Al Groh “Mr. October” for his October success. The nickname has not caught on with his players, though. What is the players’ nickname for Groh? “We call him ‘Jeezy,’ ” linebacker Denzel Burrell...

By Zach Berman  |  October 20, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia men's lacrosse to help open new Meadowlands

Virginia men's lacrosse will play North Carolina on April 10 at the new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., as part of the second-annual Konica Minolta Big City Classic, a college lacrosse tripleheader organized by Inside Lacrosse magazine. The even...

By Zach Berman  |  October 20, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning links

Virginia is improbably on top of the ACC standings, and the right leg of Robert Randolph has been a big help. The Cavaliers look ahead -- not behind. Virginia has emphasized turnovers and protecting the football. Nate Collins found the...

By Zach Berman  |  October 20, 2009; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Notes from Charlottesville

- The status of quarterback Jameel Sewell and defensive end Matt Conrath remain in question for Saturday’s game against No. 11 Georgia Tech. Both hurt their ankles in Saturday’s win over Maryland. “If I knew, I probably wouldn’t tell you,”...

By Zach Berman  |  October 19, 2009; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia vs. Duke at 3:30 p.m.

Virginia's Oct. 31 game against Duke at Scott Stadium will be played at 3:30 p.m. and broadcasted online on ESPN360. Here is the entire schedule for that week's games: Thursday, Oct. 29 (Previously Announced) North Carolina at Virginia Tech, ESPN,...

By Zach Berman  |  October 19, 2009; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Morning Links

In a few hours, attention will shift to Saturday's game against Georgia Tech. This will get you started... The two hottest teams in the ACC meet, and a Virginia win could go a long way to reaching a bowl game....

By Zach Berman  |  October 19, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sunday Teleconference Notes

Asking injury questions to Virginia Coach Al Groh is seldom a fruitful exercise. That seems even more the case when the injuries involve his starting quarterback and one of his best defensive players. How's QB Jameel Sewell feeling? "He's like...

By Zach Berman  |  October 18, 2009; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Links

Virginia has (at least one week) on top of the ACC. Here's why... Virginia's defense finally scored the non-offensive touchdown Coach Al Groh called for during the offseason. It gave the Cavaliers a win in an ugly game. The two...

By Zach Berman  |  October 18, 2009; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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