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Jameel Sewell's post-measurement reaction

Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell started Saturday's game against Boston College despite practicing just one in the previous two weeks. Sewell finished 21 for 41 for 221 yards and an interception. He also could not gain the first down on a crucial fourth down to end the game in the 14-10 loss to the Eagles.

Following the final measurement, Sewell could be seen screaming at the officials. His teammates needed to hold him back.

After the game, Sewell was contrite about his reaction.

"You guys were doing your job," Sewell wanted to convey to the officials after the game. "I just lost my cool. Much respect to you guys. You were doing your job. I should of just did my job a little better."

On Monday, Coach Al Groh was asked what he tells a player in those situations. Groh said he does not leave the player alone because "he's important to us as a person as well as a player."

"We have some of the same feelings as he does, but those moments when players are hurt by what happened, it's when you're in that position of being in charge, it's incumbent upon you putting your feelings aside and offering the type of counsel that they need just as you would do within your family situation," Groh said. "But not be overbearing about it. Just let them know that you're there and that you care. Just let them handle -- sometimes just do that, and let them handle it in their own way."

By Zach Berman  |  November 16, 2009; 2:03 PM ET
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Maybe if he hadn't been put in a shotgun for a 4th and 1, Sewell could have celebrated instead.


Posted by: TheSuperhoo | November 16, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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