Virginia 16, North Carolina 3
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Here are some post-game leftovers from outside the locker room...
- Virginia played four more true freshman on Saturday: Defensive backs LoVante Battle, Corey Lillard and Javanti Sparrow and kicker Drew Jarrett. Ten true freshmen have now played for the Cavaliers this season. That is the most since 2005, when 11 true freshmen played. The most freshmen to play during Coach Al Groh’s tenure is 14 in 2002.
- Marc Verica played one drive at quarterback in the second quarter while starter Jameel Sewell was being tended to on the bench. Although the injury only held Sewell out for one series, there was a brief scare on the Cavaliers’ sideline.
“The information we got was that it could be awhile,” Groh said of the injury.
Sewell hit his hand and the pain extended to his neck.
“I had a couple symptoms that [they] might have thought something wasn’t right,” Sewell said. “Mentally, I was good. Physically, my body felt good. Just a little sore in my neck and things like that. They took the proper precautions and almost held me, but I was capable of going.”
- Kicker Robert Randolph connected on 3 of 4 field goal attempts last season, with a long of 37 yards. The offense allowed for only two attempts in the first three games this season, and Randolph hit them both. On Saturday, Randolph connected on all three of his attempts – including kicks of field goals of 36, 38 and 43 yards.
Randolph did not attempt the extra point, though. Jarrett was sent in for the extra point, hitting the first kick of his career.
“Our plan was to use Drew on extra points today, try to get him broken in,” Groh said. “When we’ve had the opportunity to do it, that’s kind of how we’ve done with young kickers. We did that with Connor Hughes for a few games, got him comfortable with it, and then he was able to expand. So, he did a nice job with it, was in the game, made his. Robert did a nice job with his. So we’ll just see where that goes. Competition is a good thing.”
- Brandon Woods started at safety for Rodney McLeod, who missed Saturday's game with an injury. Woods made the fourth start of his career. He started the first three games last season but lost his job to Corey Mosley.
- Virginia started in a two-tight end formation, which gave redshirt freshman Colt Phillips (Georgetown Prep) his first career start.
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