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Defensive end Zane Parr to take on larger role in 2010

Redshirt junior defensive end Zane Parr played in all 12 games, earned two starts and ranked No. 2 on the team in sacks with 3.5 last season. He also recorded 33 tackles – 4.5 tackles of which were for a loss – in 2009.

Parr – listed at 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds – will start this season at one of the defensive end spots on Virginia’s new 4-3 alignment. While he might not be one of the team’s most vociferous players, Cavaliers coaches are expecting Parr’s play to speak loudly for him.

“Zane has kind of been kind of a quiet guy,” Coach Mike London said Monday. “He doesn't pound his chest or anything like that. He's just kind of very unassuming. But he plays the defensive end position and plays it well.

“And now he has to step up into more of the light of, hey listen, you've got to make sacks, tackles for losses, you've got to do well against the run, against the pass, because you're more so now, if not an every-down player, you're one of the guys we have to count on for making plays. You're not a reserve coming on or on just the nickel team. You've got to play as many plays as possible to help us.”

By Steve Yanda  |  August 31, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
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