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Cavaliers Journal: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Virginia defense features three new starters, large rotation

The Virginia defense featured three new starters Saturday night during the Cavaliers' 48-21 win over Eastern Michigan. Redshirt freshman Jake Snyder started at left defensive end in place of redshirt junior Zane Parr, fifth-year senior Darnell Carter started at middle...

By Steve Yanda  | October 23, 2010; 10:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live from Scott Stadium: Virginia vs. Eastern Michigan

Today will mark the seventh game -- and the seventh different uniform combination -- for the Virginia football team. The Cavaliers are warming up in orange jerseys and white pants, hoping to improve on their 2-4 record over the next...

By Steve Yanda  | October 23, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Former Virginia swimmer Fran Crippen dies during World Cup race (Updated)(Updated again)

9:07 p.m., Oct. 24: Mark Bernardino, Virginia's swimming and diving coach, released a statement Sunday night through the school's athletic department. It read as follows: "The University of Virginia swimming and diving family wishes to express our deep love and...

By Steve Yanda  | October 23, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Virginia DC Jim Reid: 'Big plays have done us in'

In the 19 scoring drives that the Virginia defense has allowed during the past three games, opponents have needed an average of 7.4 plays to either reach the end zone or kick the ball through the uprights. So when Virginia...

By Steve Yanda  | October 23, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A few quick hits from Virginia men's basketball practice

Virginia freshman forward James Johnson has been out recently with a sprained right ankle. He was at practice Friday, but was only able to ride a stationary bike and run in straight lines. Coach Tony Bennett said he is hopeful...

By Steve Yanda  | October 22, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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BCA: Virginia-Eastern Michigan game marks diversity milestone

Saturday's contest between Virginia and Eastern Michigan will mark the first Division 1-A game in which both teams were led by African American head coaches and athletic directors, according to the Black Coaches & Administrators. Virginia Coach Mike London is...

By Steve Yanda  | October 22, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poll: How will Virginia fare against Eastern Michigan?

Virginia and Eastern Michigan will square off for the first time on the gridiron on Saturday at Scott Stadium. The Cavaliers (2-4, 0-3 ACC) will look to regain some footing after having dropped three straight games. The Eagles (1-6, 1-3...

By Steve Yanda  | October 22, 2010; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More on David Watford's consideration of enrolling at Virginia a semester early

Future Virginia quarterback David Watford, who is in the midst of his senior season at Hampton High School, acknowledged recently that he is considering enrolling in college a semester early, which would put him on campus in Charlottesville for the...

By Steve Yanda  | October 21, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Keith Payne taking advantage of 'Dr. Phil sessions' with Mike London

Before the season began, first-year Virginia coach Mike London and fifth-year senior tailback Keith Payne drew up a contract of sorts that stipulated the standards Payne had to meet in order to remain in London's good graces. Payne had spent...

By Steve Yanda  | October 21, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Learning curve' differs for Verica, younger Virginia quarterbacks

With about two and a half minutes remaining in Virginia's 44-10 loss Saturday to North Carolina, true freshman quarterback Michael Rocco took the snap at the Tar Heels five yard line on fourth and four, scanned his options and then...

By Steve Yanda  | October 21, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Joe Torchia's rehab expected to take 4-5 months

At one point during Virginia's game against Florida State on Oct. 2, senior tight end Joe Torchia and a Cavaliers tackle were blocking a defensive end when Torchia noticed a Seminoles cornerback blitzing into the backfield. Torchia let go of...

By Steve Yanda  | October 21, 2010; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia men's basketball team predicted to finish No. 11 in the ACC

It was quite an entertaining day at the Virginia table at the ACC men's basketball media day. Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan gave his best Tony Montana impression from the movie "Scarface." Senior forward Mike Scott delivered an impersonation of Arnold...

By Steve Yanda  | October 20, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ras-I Dowling returned to practice Tuesday; status for Eastern Michigan game unclear

Earlier today during his segment of the ACC coaches' teleconference, Virginia Coach Mike London said senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling has not returned to 100 percent, but the player did practice Tuesday and is expected to participate in this afternoon's workout...

By Steve Yanda  | October 20, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia men's basketball team to fill point guard position by committee in Sammy Zeglinski's absence

Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said Wednesday at the ACC basketball media day that the Cavaliers will turn to several players to fill the point guard position recently vacated due to a knee injury to redshirt junior guard Sammy Zeglinski. The...

By Steve Yanda  | October 20, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia forced to prepare for two styles of Eastern Michigan offense

During its first six games of the season, Eastern Michigan operated a pro-style offense that averaged 17.5 points and 304.5 yards per contest. The Eagles lost all six of those games, continuing a losing streak that dated back to the...

By Steve Yanda  | October 20, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cavaliers held players-only meeting Sunday in attempt to refocus

Fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica and senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling -- two of the Virginia football team's captains -- led a players-only meeting Sunday in an attempt to get the 2-4 squad refocused, according to multiple sources close to the...

By Steve Yanda  | October 20, 2010; 6:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sammy Zeglinski expected to miss approximately eight weeks

Virginia redshirt junior guard Sammy Zeglinski is expected to miss roughly eight weeks of practice while recovering from the left knee surgery he underwent Tuesday, the men's basketball team announced in a press release. I'll provide a more extensive update...

By Steve Yanda  | October 19, 2010; 11:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike London's balancing act: present vs. future

In addition to having to worry about fixing the myriad issues plaguing his current team -- the one that's 2-4 overall and 0-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play -- first-year Virginia Coach Mike London also must concern himself with laying...

By Steve Yanda  | October 19, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mike London: Cavaliers' deficient red zone efficiency 'frustrating'

After scoring on 2 of 6 drives into the red zone Saturday during a 34-point loss to North Carolina, Virginia's success rate inside its opponent's 20 yard line now stands at 68 percent on the season, which ranks last in...

By Steve Yanda  | October 19, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia women's basketball team looks to move forward as 'a different kind of team'

Absent the program's all-time scoring leader, the Virginia women's basketball team understands that this season, more than any other in recent memory, the Cavaliers will have to focus on executing precisely to their strengths. Earlier this fall, gathered in their...

By Steve Yanda  | October 19, 2010; 3:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia's 2-4 record doesn't dampen Mike London's optimism

Virginia may have lost three straight games by double digit margins. The Cavaliers may rank No. 11 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring offense and No. 9 in the league in scoring defense. First-year Coach Mike London's squad may...

By Steve Yanda  | October 18, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Despite his struggles, Devin Wallace 'still wants to challenge players'

Sophomore cornerback Devin Wallace has started five of six games for Virginia this season while senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling has missed time due to various injuries. The unexpectedly enlarged role in the Cavaliers defense has enabled Wallace to gain valuable...

By Steve Yanda  | October 18, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike London: 'There is no quarterback controversy. Marc Verica is our quarterback.'

Following his three-interception performance Saturday during Virginia's 44-10 loss to North Carolina, fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica acknowledged that Coach Mike London had a decision to make about whether to keep him in the starting role. On Monday, London declared...

By Steve Yanda  | October 18, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia game Oct. 30 vs. Miami to start at noon

The Virginia football team will host No. 25 Miami (4-2, 2-1 ACC) at noon on Oct. 30, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday. The game will be broadcast on either ESPN or ESPN2. Virginia (2-4, 0-3) will take on Eastern...

By Steve Yanda  | October 18, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UNC's big first play sets tone for Virginia defeat

Saturday's game did not get off to a great start for the Virginia defense. North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates completed a short pass to Dwight Jones across the middle. Jones broke a tackle, turned up the sideline and raced 81...

By Steve Yanda  | October 18, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Busy day for Morgan Moses in his first career collegiate start

Morgan Moses became the third true freshman in Virginia football history to start at an offensive tackle position when he lined up at right tackle Saturday against North Carolina. Coach Mike London said Sunday that Moses "ended up playing every...

By Steve Yanda  | October 18, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Will a change at quarterback come this week for Cavaliers?

When the Virginia football team resumes practice Tuesday, fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica will continue to take the first-team snaps, as he has done all season. Whether he's the Cavaliers' No. 1 quarterback at the end of the week --...

By Steve Yanda  | October 18, 2010; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Injury status for Ras-I Dowling, Dontrelle Inman unclear entering week

Virginia Coach Mike London said Sunday that he hopes the knee injury that kept senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling out of Saturday's 44-10 loss to North Carolina is not "a lingering thing," but the coach was unsure of Dowling's availability for...

By Steve Yanda  | October 17, 2010; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike London: Marc Verica holds starting QB job 'right now'

Virginia Coach Mike London said Sunday night that fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica will hold the starting job entering this week's practices, though he acknowledged it is possible either redshirt freshman Ross Metheny or true freshman Michael Rocco could supplant...

By Steve Yanda  | October 17, 2010; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sammy Zeglinski to undergo knee surgery Tuesday

Virginia redshirt junior guard Sammy Zeglinski is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee Tuesday, the team announced in a statement Sunday. According to the statement, Zeglinski injured the knee during a workout earlier this month....

By Steve Yanda  | October 17, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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North Carolina 44, Virginia 10: Three up, three down

After the final whistle had blown, drawing a merciful end to the 44-10 loss Virginia suffered Saturday night to North Carolina, Cavaliers Coach Mike London summoned his players to the middle of the field for a group huddle. Some players...

By Steve Yanda  | October 17, 2010; 12:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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