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Cavaliers Journal: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

Ras-I Dowling sits out North Carolina loss with knee injury

Senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling sat out Virginia's 44-10 loss Saturday to North Carolina with a knee injury suffered earlier in the week. Dowling, a two-time second team all-ACC performer, has missed three of the Cavaliers' six games this season due...

By Steve Yanda  | October 16, 2010; 10:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live from Scott Stadium: North Carolina vs. Virginia

Hello, everyone. It's a brisk day here in Charlottesville on homecoming weekend. The Cavaliers (2-3, 0-2 ACC) will wear orange jerseys and orange pants Saturday when they take on North Carolina (3-2, 1-1). Virginia hasn't lost to North Carolina at...

By Steve Yanda  | October 16, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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North Carolina reserve defensive end cleared to play vs. Virginia

North Carolina announced Saturday that junior defensive end Linwan Euwell is cleared to make his season debut against Virginia after missing the first five games while the school and the NCAA investigated his amateur status. The Tar Heels also announced...

By Steve Yanda  | October 16, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poll: How will Virginia fare against North Carolina?

"Obviously you've got to score. And in the ACC, you've got to score a little bit more than what we've been scoring in the last couple weeks, and we're working at that, and we know it." -- Offensive coordinator Bill...

By Steve Yanda  | October 15, 2010; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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North Carolina tailback Ryan Houston cleared to play against Virginia

North Carolina announced Thursday night that senior tailback Ryan Houston has been cleared to play Saturday at Virginia. Houston sat out the Tar Heels' first five games of the season while the NCAA and the school investigated his amateur status....

By Steve Yanda  | October 14, 2010; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dontrelle Inman questionable for North Carolina game

Virginia senior wide receiver Dontrelle Inman was listed as questionable on an injury report the team released Thursday night. According to the report, Inman is dealing with an ankle injury and there is a "50-50" chance he will not play...

By Steve Yanda  | October 14, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reshuffled Virginia offensive line striving to find cohesion quickly

Given that Virginia has given up more sacks than all but one Atlantic Coast Conference team this season and has struggled to produce points and yardage in the first halves of recent games, one would think that having to reshuffle...

By Steve Yanda  | October 14, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia turning to Oday Aboushi -- 'Plan B' -- at left tackle

Throughout training camp and the first six weeks of the regular season, Virginia coaches had sophomore Oday Aboushi take practice reps at left tackle, just in case. If junior starter Landon Bradley was to go down with an injury, they...

By Steve Yanda  | October 14, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Oday Aboushi to start at left tackle, Morgan Moses to start at right tackle against UNC

After spending a little more than a week at right guard, true freshman Morgan Moses has been moved back to right tackle for the time being and will start at that position Saturday against North Carolina, Virginia Coach Mike London...

By Steve Yanda  | October 14, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morgan Moses feels 'comfortable' at right guard

For the past two weeks, true freshman Morgan Moses has been practicing at right guard, one spot on the offensive line to the left of his original position of right tackle. Moses said Wednesday that the switch was a mutual...

By Steve Yanda  | October 14, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Matt Snyder working toward bigger role in Virginia offense

With two minues, 23 seconds remaining against Georgia Tech last Saturday, Virginia started a drive from its own two yard line. On first down, fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica lofted a pass down the right sideline, and junior wide receiver...

By Steve Yanda  | October 14, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Shawn Moore looks back on No. 1 ranking in 1990

Virginia wide receivers coach Shawn Moore didn't realize until earlier this week when someone mentioned it to him that Friday marks the 20-year anniversary of the Cavaliers being ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press and coaches' poll. Moore,...

By Steve Yanda  | October 14, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More players to be used on offensive, defensive lines against UNC

Virginia Coach Mike London said Monday during his weekly press conference that he and the coaching staff are trying to find ways to get more playing time for redshirt freshman defensive end Jake Snyder and sophomore defensive tackle Will Hill...

By Steve Yanda  | October 13, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Darnell Carter 'becoming a big part' of Virginia defense

With just more than five minutes remaining in the first half Saturday, Georgia Tech had first and goal at the Virginia 8-yard line. Yellow Jackets quarterback Joshua Nesbitt took the snap and turned to his left. It appeared as though...

By Steve Yanda  | October 13, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vincent Brown: Missed assignments the culprit against Georgia Tech

When the Virginia defense gave up 256 rushing yards during an Oct. 2 loss to Florida State, Cavaliers coaches pointed to five missed tackles that accounted for 172 yards that the Seminoles gained on the ground. On Saturday, the Virginia...

By Steve Yanda  | October 13, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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London would prefer not to burn any more redshirts

Virginia Coach Mike London said Sunday night he would not consider true freshmen Zach Swanson or Jake McGee as he searches for tight ends to feed into the domino effect created by the season-ending shoulder injury to Joe Torchia. Nearly...

By Steve Yanda  | October 12, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cavaliers struggling to surpass 'drop-off point' for field goal unit

When Virginia junior place kicker Chris Hinkebein's 50-yard field goal attempt Saturday at Georgia Tech sailed wide right, it marked the fifth time this season that the Cavaliers had missed on a three-point try. Virginia ranks last in the ACC...

By Steve Yanda  | October 12, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tar Heels defense performing adequately in face of off-field turmoil

Virginia will not face the vaunted North Carolina defense that many pundits were hailing as one of the best in the nation before the season began. An agent scandal has opened up the Tar Heels program to heavy scrutiny from...

By Steve Yanda  | October 12, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UNC offense designed to spread the ball to many different targets

On North Carolina's first offensive series Saturday against Clemson, Tar Heels quarterback T.J. Yates completed passes to five different targets. By the end of the first quarter, he had completed passes to six different Tar Heels. By the end of...

By Steve Yanda  | October 12, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rising costs of non-conference games factoring into ACC football and basketball schedule expansion talks

Athletic directors from the 12 Atlantic Coast Conference schools met last week in Blacksburg, Va. for their annual fall get-together, and one of the topics of discussion centered on whether to expand conference schedules in football and basketball. This is...

By Steve Yanda  | October 11, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia aims to get off to quicker start offensively against North Carolina

In the first halves of its past two games combined, Virginia has scored seven points and racked up 149 yards of total offense. The Cavaliers offense grew more productive during the second halves of each contest, but not enough to...

By Steve Yanda  | October 11, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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London: Landon Bradley to miss 'a couple of games' with hand injury

UPDATED at 4:00 p.m. Junior Landon Bradley, Virginia's starting left tackle, will be out of the lineup for the near future with a hand injury, Coach Mike London said Monday. Bradley injured the hand midway through the third quarter of...

By Steve Yanda  | October 11, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tar Heels dismiss Austin; Quinn, Little ruled permanently ineligible

This season has been a bit of a mess in terms of off the field matters for North Carolina. The Tar Heels (3-2, 1-1) will travel to Scott Stadium to take on Virginia on Saturday, but the game offers only...

By Steve Yanda  | October 11, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia-Eastern Michigan gametime set for 6 p.m.

The Virginia football team will host Eastern Michigan at Scott Stadium on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m., the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday. The game will be broadcast on the Internet at ESPN3.com. Virginia (2-3, 0-2 ACC) will take on...

By Steve Yanda  | October 11, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More carries for Payne in the Cavs' future?

Fifth-year senior tailback Keith Payne averaged 4.0 yards per carry Saturday against Georgia Tech. Per usual, it seemed like it required at least three or four defenders to wrestle him to the ground whenever he got the ball. And yet,...

By Steve Yanda  | October 11, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cavaliers lost steam after failed fourth down conversion

As poorly as Virginia played at times Saturday night, the Cavaliers remained in contention throughout most of their 33-21 defeat at Georgia Tech because the Yellow Jackets appeared intent on making enough mistakes of their own to compensate. With roughly...

By Steve Yanda  | October 11, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cavaliers look for options at tight end with Torchia done for the season

Virginia Coach Mike London confirmed Sunday night that senior tight end Joe Torchia will miss the remainder of the season with a lingering shoulder injury that was re-aggravated during the Cavaliers’ 34-14 loss Oct. 2 against Florida State. Torchia and...

By Steve Yanda  | October 10, 2010; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morgan Moses switches to right guard and other O-line shuffling

True freshman offensive lineman Morgan Moses lined up at right guard Saturday night during a fourth and goal from the two yard-line with just more than 11 minutes remaining in the game. This was notable for several reasons: 1) Starting...

By Steve Yanda  | October 10, 2010; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lazor 'didn't consider' replacing Verica late against Georgia Tech

Following Virginia's 33-21 loss Saturday at Georgia Tech, Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor said that at no point during the game did he contemplate replacing fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica -- the team's starter from the outset of the season --...

By Steve Yanda  | October 10, 2010; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Georgia Tech 33, Virginia 21: Three up, three down

It’s difficult to say whether Virginia’s loss Saturday seemed more like the one the Cavaliers suffered Sept. 11 at Southern California or the one they were dealt last weekend against Florida State. On the one hand, Virginia kept the game...

By Steve Yanda  | October 10, 2010; 1:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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