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Cavs look for DE Cam Johnson to continue his emergence

Virginia junior defensive end Cam Johnson already has compiled more sacks and tackles for a loss through three games this season than he did in all of the 2009 campaign. Johnson tallied 6 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks Saturday against Virginia Military Institute. On the season, Johnson leads the team in tackles (17), tackles for a loss (5.5) and sacks (3.5).

But Coach Mike London would like to see Johnson have a breakout performance or two against a more imposing opponent than VMI before he gets too carried away with praising Johnson's progression.

"Well, anytime you can put pressure on a quarterback and get a sack, that's important because you're the defensive end," London said. "And defensive ends, you've got to get sacks, put pressure, hit the quarterback and create those opportunities. As the games go on and you know you’re a defensive end, it's third down or it's passing situations, a couple criteria measure you.

"One is the sacks and the pressures, QB hits, and the other is how well you play the run. We’ll see what type of player Cam will turn out to be, a guy that can sack the quarterback or a guy that can stuff the run and play the run well."

Florida State, the Cavaliers' opponent on Saturday, has allowed 10 sacks in four games, which is tied for the second-most sacks allowed in the ACC. On Saturday, Johnson likely will get some opportunities to match up against redshirt freshman left tackle Henry Orelus, who is filling in for injured junior Andrew Datko (shoulder).

Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters Monday that Datko likely will not play Saturday. Orelus has started at left tackle the past two games, though it is possible redshirt freshman Garrett Faircloth could start over Orelus.

By Steve Yanda  | September 28, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
 
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