Sunday teleconference notes
Some quick thoughts from Virginia Coach Al Groh one day after Saturday's loss to Georgia Tech...
- Groh did provide any more clarity about the personal foul penalty in the fourth quarter. He seemed to have as much curiosity about the call on Sunday as he did on Saturday.
- The reason why Rashawn Jackson received only one carry?
"He had the ball there right early, down on the goal line," Groh said. "They weren't very well-run plays. We only had the ball for, regrettably,  plays in the game. A number of those came when we had a margin to overcome ... That didn't leave room for a lot of running plays. And frankly, those plays that he had early in the game weren't particularly well-run."
- As for the team's health, Groh said Virginia came out of Saturday's game "pretty decent" other than the typical bumps and bruises.
- Defensive end Zane Parr ably filled in for Matt Conrath, registering 12 tackles.
"It was a good move up for him a week ago when he had to step in on an unexpected situation," Groh said. "Yesterday was not of a dissimilar nature in that he played so many more plays than he ever has before. He had a few in there that we'd like to change. But overall, given those circumstances, let's say if everybody in a Virginia uniform had had the same kind of day as Zane Parr did, we would have liked the looks of things a lot better."
- Virginia expected Georgia Tech to run the 52-yard passing play to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas at the end of the first half because it was the same play run on the previous snap. The long reception led to a field goal, and the play was not defended well either time. Safety Corey Mosley, who is listed at 5-foot-10, defended the 6-foot-3 receiver both times. The Cavaliers feature two 6-foot-2 cornerbacks who excel against big receivers, but Virginia remained in zone coverage.
"We wish, on both occasions, it played a little bit more like the playbook version," Groh said.
- Tight end Joe Torchia played despite a shoulder injury that had him questionable entering the game. The injury appeared to be serious earlier in the week.
"At one point last week, there was a feeling that he'd be having surgery early this week," Groh said. "And then further examinations ruled that out and enabled him to play. He went quite from one extreme to the other, so, certainly there was probably some discomfort involved in his circumstance."
- Backup tight end Colt Phillips has an emerging role for the Cavaliers. He caught two passes for 20 yards on Saturday.
"I was pleased with what he showed," Groh said. "And on the basis of that, he'll probably get some more time."
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