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Virginia football players earn grades on weekends too

When Virginia's players walked into their respective position meetings Sunday morning, everyone who played the previous day was given a grade for their performance against Virginia Military Institute. According to junior left tackle Landon Bradley, it's usually either he or junior left guard Austin Pasztor who acheives the highest grade among the offensive linemen. And certainly there are bragging rights and a good amount of pride on the line when grades are handed out.

This time around, Pasztor won the battle. He graded out at 87 percent and, consequently, was named the team's co-offensive player of the week along with senior wide receiver Dontrelle Inman. Virginia Coach Mike London said Pasztor registered a good number of pancake blocks and knockdowns and performed well when the Cavaliers ran the ball.

"When you grade the players and have a chance to watch the tape, we give them a technique grade -- the techniques of the position, how well they did," London said. "And then you also grade them on play‑making opportunities, a sack or pressure, a catch or things like that. You can also grade them on production. The technique grade asks, 'Are they doing the things that the position calls for?'

"A production grade allows you to start adding things up as the season goes on and you see these two or three players are the most productive guys. Then as you go along, you start to evaluate and assess your players from that standpoint, and that determines the depth chart moves or that determines who we should get the ball to more, things like that."

By Steve Yanda  | September 28, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
 
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