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Cavs lacking surehanded receivers

One of the reasons Virginia’s passing game has struggled this season has been the suspect hands from Virginia’s wide receivers and tight ends. Before the season, the coaching staff had optimism about the speed at receiver, which the Cavaliers lacked in the past. But speed does little good if the receivers cannot catch.

In the two most recent losses, the receivers have dropped key passes. Kris Burd dropped a touchdown pass against Georgia Tech. Tight end Joe Torchia bobbled a key first-half pass against Duke. Jared Green could not haul in a deep pass downfield in the fourth quarter of a comeback attempt against the Blue Devils.

“I would say, in consistency, it has certainly showed up Monday through Saturday with certain players,” Groh said.

The team keeps track of drops. Groh did not have numbers in front of him when asked on Sunday to assess whether it’s been more of an issue in the most recent games, but he said “it’s pretty much been an issue from the start.”

The receiving corps has been disappointing throughout the season. Running back Mikell Simpson leads the team in receiving with 22 catches for 178 yards, and he missed one game and barely played another. Kris Burd tops the wide receivers with 21 catches for 281 yards and one touchdown. The next best receiver is Vic Hall, who has only played the position in five of eight games.

By Zach Berman  |  November 3, 2009; 12:58 PM ET
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