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Virginia's duo at middle linebacker proved complimentary against Richmond

Virginia junior Aaron Taliaferro got the start at middle linebacker Saturday night against Richmond, though he and sophomore middle linebacker Steve Greer saw considerable playing time throughout the night. Taliaferro was involved in many of Virginia’s nickel packages, while Greer saw most of his action on plays where it appeared likely Richmond would attempt to run.

Coach Mike London said the middle linebacking duo played a large role in the defense’s success on third downs against the Spiders. Virginia held Richmond to converting on 5 of 15 third downs. London said Greer was in the game both times the Spiders went for it on fourth down. Richmond was 0 for 2 on fourth down conversions.

While neither Taliaferro nor Greer wracked up a huge number of tackles – Taliaferro was credited with two; Greer was credited with one – London said their varying skill sets jointly made for a nice effort.

“I thought the two of them combined being a starting middle linebacker did a nice job and complimented each other,” London said. “They both have different things they bring to the table. It's a good thing to have when you have two guys in the middle that can provide you with some leadership and provide you with some playmaking opportunities.”

By Steve Yanda  |  September 7, 2010; 8:04 AM ET
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