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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 a lot of other guys who played last night," Groh said. "It was a pretty rugged game. We got a lot of other guys who are sore, and we'll just see how this week goes."

And how about DE Matt Conrath? "About the same as Jameel," Groh said.

Here are some other notes from the call to wrap up Saturday's win over Maryland...

- Conrath was injured while Maryland kneeled to end the first half. It was the first time Groh had seen a player injured on such a play. Groh called Conrath one of Virginia's best players.

- Mikell Simpson did not play because of a neck injury, a decision made because of both his current health and his long-term health.

"Clearly, there are more important things in life than just football," Groh said. "Especially with a young guy like that who has everything in front of him. So we'll strictly go on what the medical people say, but at the same time, if forced to make any decision on it, we'll certainly be on the cautious side."

- Punter Jimmy Howell had a rugby punt that actually went backwards, a play that confused even his coach.

"Far be it for me to explain," Groh said. "It was our attention that he would punt the ball."

- In the second quarter, Rashawn Jackson caught a screen pass and ran for what appeared like a critical first down. Wide receiver Kris Burd was flagged for a personal foul, and the penalty was assessed from the spot on the play. But the next play was a 3rd-and-12 -- not a 1st-and-25. Groh did not have an explanation, nor did he have an explanation for the penalty, which was hitting a defenseless player.

"I kind of always thought everyone on defense was on the defense," Groh said. "If I understood the rule on defenseless players, it was mainly for receivers who were stretched out and literally didn't have the ability to defend themselves, or quarterbacks who couldn't protect themselves. I didn't realize it was guys running who were fully padded and had the opportunity to do so."

- Groh changed his hat in the second half. It wasn't for luck. "One got real wet so I put a dry one on," Groh said.

By Zach Berman  |  October 18, 2009; 11:15 PM ET
 
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