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Cavaliers Journal: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Joe Torchia to miss rest of season with shoulder injury

UPDATED at 8:00 p.m. Senior tight end Joe Torchia will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury suffered during Virginia's 34-14 loss Oct. 2 to Florida State, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Torchia...

By Steve Yanda  | October 9, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live from Bobby Dodd Stadium: Virginia at Georgia Tech

It's a gorgeous day here in Atlanta as players from both squads are beginning to sprinkle out onto the field here at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The last time Virginia (2-2, 0-1 ACC) played here, the Cavaliers came away with a...

By Steve Yanda  | October 9, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: How will Virginia fare against Georgia Tech?

"You know, we haven't talked about it. I've been peppered with questions since the day I got here about that, and it's like, 'I'm here and I'm getting the team ready to play this season and this particular game.' And...

By Steve Yanda  | October 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia football injury report: Torchia to miss Georgia Tech game

Senior tight end Joe Torchia will sit out Virginia's game Saturday at Georgia Tech with a shoulder injury, according to an injury report the Cavaliers released Thursday night. Torchia ranks third on the team in receptions (nine) and receiving yards...

By Steve Yanda  | October 7, 2010; 11:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Al Groh: 'Every coach has got different standards'

First-year Georgia Tech Defensive Coordinator Al Groh -- who served the previous nine seasons as head coach at Virginia -- said in a telephone interview Thursday that losing quarterbacks Peter Lalich and Jameel Sewell at the beginning of the 2008...

By Steve Yanda  | October 7, 2010; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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London: 'Right now, Marc is our starting quarterback'

Virginia Coach Mike London said Thursday that fifth-year senior Marc Verica remains the Cavaliers starting quarterback. He also said that while redshirt freshman Ross Metheny would be "the next guy in the game right now" if Verica were to be...

By Steve Yanda  | October 7, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Offensive efficiency will be more critical than usual for Virginia against Georgia Tech

It's no secret how a Paul Johnson-led offense will plan to attack an opposing defense. It will run. And then it will run some more. And then it will run a little more after that. Georgia Tech does not rank...

By Steve Yanda  | October 7, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Talk of large freshman class dominates discussion at Virginia men's basketball media day

Throughout the next few weeks we'll talk more about the upcoming Virginia men's basketball season, but for now, here's a sneak peek at the report that will appear in tomorrow's print edition on the squad's media day ... There was...

By Steve Yanda  | October 6, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Mike London agrees with Al Groh on Virginia's advantage ... sort of

In comments to reporters in Atlanta on Tuesday, first-year Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh -- Virginia's head coach for the previous nine seasons -- said the Cavaliers held an advantage because many of their players and members of their...

By Steve Yanda  | October 6, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Reid's hand on the mend after chalkboard punch before USC game

Virginia defensive coordinator Jim Reid is a fiery sort of guy, the kind of coach known for giving emotional pregame pep talks to his players. So it's not exactly shocking to hear that Reid broke his right hand punching a...

By Steve Yanda  | October 6, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Reid: Five Virginia missed tackles allowed Florida State to tally 172 rushing yards

As most of you are well aware by now, Virginia gave up 256 rushing yards against Florida State last weekend. But according to defensive coordinator Jim Reid, that number would have been much lower -- and thus easier to swallow...

By Steve Yanda  | October 6, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Familiarity with triple-option offense doesn't allow Jim Reid more restful sleep this week

The Virginia football team returned to practice Tuesday afternoon and continued its preparations for Saturday's contest at Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers spent three days during their bye week three weeks ago getting some initial looks at the triple option offense...

By Steve Yanda  | October 5, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Al Groh: 'Clearly, the advantage is on the Virginia side'

First-year Georgia Tech Defensive Coordinator Al Groh -- who served the past nine seasons as Virginia's head coach -- spoke with reporters in Atlanta on Tuesday in advance of Saturday's contest between the Yellow Jackets and Cavaliers. The game will...

By Steve Yanda  | October 5, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia looks to find ways to make Verica 'efficient again'

Fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica said after Saturday's 20-point loss to Florida State that he needed to operate more consistently at a faster tempo and that he needed to be more decisive in making his reads and throws. Verica was...

By Steve Yanda  | October 5, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cavaliers to prepare for Georgia Tech cut blocks

Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson's teams have developed a reputation for employing a tactic that, while technically legal, tends to get on the nerves of opposing defenders. During Johnson's tenure, the Yellow Jackets have become known for executing cut blocks,...

By Steve Yanda  | October 5, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Under new coaching staff, Mihota received opportunity to start

Every week last season, Virginia center Anthony Mihota said, he would approach then-Offensive Line Coach Dave Borbely with the same question: What do I need to work on in order to get more playing time? "He never really gave me...

By Steve Yanda  | October 5, 2010; 5:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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No word from London on McLeod's status for this week

Junior strong safety Rodney McLeod left Saturday's loss to Florida State in the first quarter after suffering what appeared to be a head/neck injury while attempting to make a tackle. McLeod did not return to the game, and on Sunday,...

By Steve Yanda  | October 4, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Al Groh? Who's that?

Al Groh has gone from the guy in the glass to the man behind the curtain. And just as the characters in the Wizard of Oz were instructed, the Virginia football players are paying Groh no attention this week. Not...

By Steve Yanda  | October 4, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Third-down inefficiency contributes to Virginia's early deficit against Florida State

Virginia did not convert on third down Saturday until midway through the third quarter. The Cavaliers were 3 for 13 on third down conversions on the day, and two of those came on a late fourth-quarter drive conducted by redshirt...

By Steve Yanda  | October 4, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia's Oct. 16 game against North Carolina to kick off at 6 p.m.

The Virginia football team's home game against North Carolina on Oct. 16 will kick off at 6 p.m. and be broadcast on the Internet at ESPN3.com, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday. Virginia (2-2, 0-1 ACC) will play at Georgia...

By Steve Yanda  | October 4, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'Silly' penalties add to Virginia's anxiety

Entering Saturday’s games, Florida State was tied with Maryland as the most penalized team in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles and the Terrapins averaged eight penalties and 71.3 penalty yards per game. In terms of penalty yardage, Virginia (67.7...

By Steve Yanda  | October 4, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Many factors contributed to Seminoles' sack party against Virginia

Florida State recorded six sacks Saturday against Virginia to push the Seminoles’ nation-leading total to 25 through five games. Depending on who you talked to afterward, Florida State’s seemingly constant presence in Virginia’s backfield could be attributed to: A) the...

By Steve Yanda  | October 4, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Despite early struggles, Cavaliers stay the course

With just more than 10 minutes remaining in the first half Saturday, Florida State tailback Jermaine Thomas scored on a 10-yard touchdown run to give the Seminoles a 24-0 lead. Virginia couldn’t run the ball, couldn’t pass the ball and...

By Steve Yanda  | October 4, 2010; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McLeod to undergo further examination Monday

Virginia junior strong safety Rodney McLeod will undergo further, more extensive examination by team doctors Monday after a collision involving McLeod's head/neck forced the player to leave Saturday's game against Florida State in the first quarter. McLeod did not return...

By Steve Yanda  | October 3, 2010; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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