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 sent out earlier in the day, Wallace will remain enrolled at the school.
"He decided that he did not want to pursue football as a career anymore," London said. "He’s going to stay here and be a student. Dom has decided to leave for personal reasons, and I’ll respect his personal reasons and just say that he’s a good young man. I wish him the best of luck in all his endeavors, but we’re going to move on like we do with any other player that’s injured or that can’t participate."
Wallace played mostly on special teams in each of Virginia's first two games this season. He totalled two carries for five yards. Wallace was part of a pack of reserve tailbacks stuck behind sophomore Perry Jones and fifth-year senior Keith Payne on the depth chart. Jones and Payne have played well and taken a majority of the snaps in the backfield thus far.
Last season, Wallace played in three games before suffering a foot injury and missing the remainder of the season. The team applied for -- and received -- a medical redshirt for Wallace. Prior to his injury in 2009, Wallace had rushed for 49 yards on 14 carries.
With Wallace gone, the team's logjam at tailback clears up, but only slightly. Fifth-year senior Raynard Horne likely will continue to be the first option to spell Jones and Payne. Other options include redshirt sophomore Torrey Mack and true freshman Kevin Parks, though London has indicated he would prefer to redshirt Parks this season, if possible.
During its bye week, the Cavaliers conducted a scrimmage for players who had not seen much action during the first two games of the season. Mack, who has yet to play this season, took part in that workout and "did a nice job," according to London.
"Torrey’s a guy that can give us special teams help," London said. "He’s a very capable running back. Torrey will be on the field in a special teams role. We’ll just have to see how it plays out, whether it's as a regular down as a running back."
| September 20, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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