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Former team manager to hold kicks this season

Virginia junior wide receiver Jacob Hodges owns the Mountain View High records for most touchdown passes in a single game (5), most completions in a single game (24) and most passing yards in a single game (321).

So if at some point this season you see Virginia try a fake field goal or mismanage a snap on a field goal attempt, try not to fret. The Cavaliers' holder has scrambled to find an open receiver many times before.

Coach Mike London said Tuesday that Hodges -- who formerly served as one of the team's managers -- will be the holder on field goal and extra point attempts this season.

"There's a technique that he has, and there's a comfort level that (junior placekicker) Robert Randolph and our other kickers have with him that allows them to have complete trust in him," London said of Hodges. "Plus, he was a quarteback in high school, and so far, any fake (field goal) opportunities or any mishandling of the ball, being able to roll out and do something with the ball, he's athletic enough that he can do that also.

"He's been a pleasant surprise. Everybody's got a skill level, and his skill level is holding a ball and placing it for us."

By Steve Yanda  |  August 25, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
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