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Cavaliers Journal: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Virginia 48, VMI 7: Three up, three down

The final margin of Virginia's victory might not have come as a surprise for most people who follow the team, but some of the events that occured during the Cavaliers' 48-7 over 1-AA Virginia Military Institute were intriguing, to say...

By Steve Yanda  | September 25, 2010; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dowling, McLeod make their season debuts against VMI

Senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling and junior strong safety Rodney McLeod made their season debuts Saturday. Dowling (hamstring) and McLeod (knee) had sat out Virginia's first two games due to injury, and neither started against Virginia Military Institute. Dowling entered the...

By Steve Yanda  | September 25, 2010; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cavs respond quickly to VMI touchdown

With 2 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the first quarter, VMI quarterback Cam Jones found a wide-open Robbie White in the end zone for a one-yard touchdown pass to tie the score, 7-7. It was a rough defensive drive for...

By Steve Yanda  | September 25, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia gets on the board in a hurry

In fairness to VMI, this game was scoreless a lot longer than I thought it would be. Marc Verica just threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dontrelle Inman to put Virginia up, 7-0, with 11:02 remaining in the first quarter....

By Steve Yanda  | September 25, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live from Scott Stadium: Virginia vs. VMI

Hello everyone, we're less than an hour from kickoff here. Players are out on the field going through warmup drills, and cadets from Virginia Military Institute have begun to fill a corner of the upper deck. Senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling...

By Steve Yanda  | September 25, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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No shortage of running backs on Virginia's kickoff return unit

The five primary running backs that line up in Virginia’s backfield also make up nearly half of the team’s kickoff return unit. Sophomore tailback Perry Jones and fifth-year senior tailback Raynard Horne line up deep to return the kickoffs. Fifth-year...

By Steve Yanda  | September 24, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: How will Virginia fare against VMI?

"This game, you'd like to get guys who haven't played much in the game. We'd like to give them a chance to play, but we're not going to overlook VMI in terms of disrespecting them, as far as thinking I'm...

By Steve Yanda  | September 24, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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London 'would not be surprised' to see Dowling, McLeod play Saturday

Virginia Coach Mike London said Thursday that senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling and junior strong safety Rodney McLeod may play Saturday against Virginia Military Institute. Dowling (hamstring) and McLeod (knee) have missed the Cavaliers' first two games this season due to...

By Steve Yanda  | September 23, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tailback rotation working out for Virginia so far

Through three weeks and two games of the 2010 regular season, fifth-year senior tailback Keith Payne leads Virginia in rushing attempts (28), fifth-year senior Raynard Horne is the team's No. 3 tailback option and redshirt freshman tailback Dominique Wallace no...

By Steve Yanda  | September 23, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Decision on No. 2 quarterback looms for Cavaliers

It seems like a simple question: If the starting quarterback goes down, needs to be yanked or is no longer needed, who steps in to take his place? For Virginia Coach Mike London, however, that is a multi-layered question the...

By Steve Yanda  | September 23, 2010; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mike London: ACC will be viewed 'more positively' in long run

Earlier today on the ACC coaches’ teleconference, Virginia Coach Mike London was asked for his thoughts on the ACC’s performance thus far in non-conference play. The ACC is 17-11 through three weeks of the season against non-conference foes. “Well, you...

By Steve Yanda  | September 22, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Quick hits from Mike London's appearance on ACC coaches' teleconference

Virginia Coach Mike London spoke a short while ago in his weekly segment on the ACC coaches' teleconference. Not much in the way of news came out of it, though London did provide meager updates in a few areas of...

By Steve Yanda  | September 22, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Despite absence of two starters, Virginia secondary holding steady

Relying on several previously inexperienced players, the Virginia secondary has performed admirably through the first two games of the season despite the injury-related absences of two starters -- senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling (hamstring) and junior strong safety Rodney McLeod (knee)....

By Steve Yanda  | September 22, 2010; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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VMI coach would like to avoid 'catastrophe' against Virginia

Virginia Military Institute Coach Sparky Woods spoke on the Big South coaches' teleconference Tuesday morning and there seemed to be some resignation in his voice. Having coached at several different 1-A programs before, Woods is well aware of the steep...

By Steve Yanda  | September 21, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Injury update on Dowling, McLeod

Virginia Coach Mike London said Monday that senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling (hamstring) and junior strong safety Rodney McLeod (knee) returned to practice last week and are "moving around here pretty good." As for the pair's playing status for Saturday's contest...

By Steve Yanda  | September 21, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The ties that bind Virginia, VMI

Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid went through a list of all the Virginia Military Institute defensive starters Monday and recalled that he had recruited all but one of them. Reid served as VMI's head coach from 2006-07. When Reid left VMI...

By Steve Yanda  | September 21, 2010; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia to wear third different uni combo in as many games

When Virginia takes the field against Virginia Military Institute on Saturday, the Cavaliers will be wearing blue jerseys and blue pants. That will mark the third different uniform combination the team has donned in as many games. Coach Mike London...

By Steve Yanda  | September 21, 2010; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The downside to playing two 1-AA teams in the same season

On Saturday, Virginia (1-1) will host Virginia Military Institute, its second 1-AA opponent of the season. The Cavaliers defeated Richmond, 34-13, on Sept. 4. While it is common for 1-A programs to schedule 1-AA foes as part of their early...

By Steve Yanda  | September 21, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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VMI game might provide Cavs opportunity to test out other QBs

Virginia Military Institute represents the second 1-AA opponent Virginia will face at home this season, and while the team so far has said all the right things about not taking anyone lightly, this much is clear: The Cavaliers do not...

By Steve Yanda  | September 20, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More on Dom Wallace's departure from the Virginia football program

The second item Virginia Coach Mike London discussed during the opening comments of his press conference Monday concerned the decision by redshirt freshman tailback Dominique Wallace to leave the team for personal reasons. According to a release the team had...

By Steve Yanda  | September 20, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wide receiver Tim Smith to receive second opinion on injured ankle

Sophomore wide receiver Tim Smith this week will receive a second opinion on a lingering ankle injury, Virginia Coach Mike London said Monday. One of the Cavaliers' top returning wide receivers, Smith saw action as a reserve wideout in Virginia's...

By Steve Yanda  | September 20, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dominique Wallace leaves Virginia football team

Redshirt freshman tailback Dominique Wallace has left the Virginia football program for "personal reasons", Coach Mike London announced in a press release Monday. The release stated that Wallace remains enrolled at the school. Wallace played on special teams in Virginia's...

By Steve Yanda  | September 20, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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