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Cavaliers Journal: October 24, 2010 - October 30, 2010

Big hit by DT John-Kevin Dolce changed course of Miami game

With just less than 12 minutes remaining in the second quarter, Miami lined up for a first and 10 from its own 39-yard line. Virginia lined up in its base 4-3 defense, and at the snap, fifth-year senior defensive tackle...

By Steve Yanda  | October 30, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Virginia's victory preserved by late third down conversions

Virginia had converted on just 4 of 15 third downs Saturday prior to its final offensive possession. And after building a 24-0 lead, the Cavaliers had allowed Miami to score 19 unanswered fourth-quarter points. So when fifth-year senior quarterback Marc...

By Steve Yanda  | October 30, 2010; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Live from Scott Stadium: Virginia vs. No. 22 Miami

It's been more than a year since Virginia defeated an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent and more than two years since the Cavaliers took down a ranked Division 1-A foe. Should Virginia end both of those streaks today against No. 22...

By Steve Yanda  | October 30, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poll: How will Virginia fare against No. 22 Miami?

"It's always a big deal when you're on television, particularly, you know, the package that the ACC has with ESPN. And being nationally televised, you're going to be auditioning for or playing in front of potential prospects that you've been...

By Steve Yanda  | October 29, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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OT Landon Bradley listed as questionable on Virginia injury report

Virginia junior offensive tackle Landon Bradley was listed as questionable on an injury report released by the team Thursday night. Bradley returned to practice this week after undergoing surgery Oct. 11 to repair a broken right hand. Coach Mike London...

By Steve Yanda  | October 28, 2010; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike London hopes message has been received regarding class attendance expectations

Junior free safety Corey Mosley, junior defensive end Zane Parr and junior center Anthony Mihota -- all starters -- were among the players Virginia Coach Mike London disciplined during last week's game against Eastern Michigan for previous class attendance issues....

By Steve Yanda  | October 28, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Several scenarios' in place for how Virginia offensive line will shake out Saturday

Virginia Coach Mike London said Thursday that the extent to which junior offensive tackle Landon Bradley will be available Saturday against No. 22 Miami has not yet been determined. Bradley -- who sat out the past two games with a...

By Steve Yanda  | October 28, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cavaliers in need of big effort from pass rush against Miami

Virginia Coach Mike London knows as well as anyone that Miami junior quarterback Jacory Harris can be forced into making bad passing decisions. Five of Harris's 10 interceptions this season have come in the Hurricanes' two losses. But in order...

By Steve Yanda  | October 28, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bill Lazor: No. 2 QB battle ongoing; Rocco has practiced better of late than Metheny

Virginia Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor said Wednesday night that the search for a definitive No. 2 quarterback behind fifth-year senior starter Marc Verica remains ongoing, though he noted that true freshman Michael Rocco has performed better in practice in recent...

By Steve Yanda  | October 28, 2010; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia women's swim team to skip SMU Classic, attend Fran Crippen's funeral

The Virginia women's swim team will not be represented this weekend in the Southern Methodist Classic in Dallas as originally planned, according to a release issued Wednesday by the school's athletic department. The Cavaliers had planned to send eight swimmers...

By Steve Yanda  | October 27, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Marc Verica recording his own album playing acoustic guitar

Last Friday, fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica posted two audio files on YouTube and wrote that he is "putting together a little album right now using an acoustic guitar and Logic software." Verica, who plays several instruments, got some help...

By Steve Yanda  | October 27, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Position switch proves beneficial for Terence Fells-Danzer

The embrace redshirt junior fullback Terence Fells-Danzer shared with his grandfather underneath the goalposts Saturday at Scott Stadium following Virginia’s 48-21 victory over Eastern Michigan represented the conclusion of a conversation they began last December. Previously a linebacker in former...

By Steve Yanda  | October 27, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Miami true freshman Seantrel Henderson practicing at left tackle

Virginia is not alone in trying to sort out who will play where along its offensive line as it prepares to host Miami on Saturday. The Hurricanes also are undergoing some shuffling on its offensive line due to injury, and...

By Steve Yanda  | October 27, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Darnell Carter: 'It definitely feels good to be back at middle linebacker'

Being a fifth-year senior and all, Darnell Carter admittedly was a little concerned when a new coach came on board last winter at Virginia. New coaches sometimes tend to want to rely on younger players that will remain in the...

By Steve Yanda  | October 27, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Earning ACC win next step in Virginia's progression

Countless times this season, first-year Virginia Coach Mike London has called his squad a "work in progress," and that's certainly true. The Cavaliers are introducing a new offense, a new defense and -- more broadly -- a new culture, and...

By Steve Yanda  | October 26, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cavaliers reap benefits of pared down defense

Following Virginia's 48-21 win Saturday over Eastern Michigan, Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid explained that the Cavaliers' ability to limit the Eagles to 81 rushing yards in the second half -- after allowing 209 in the first -- in part stemmed...

By Steve Yanda  | October 26, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Freedman, Mathis take strides as reserve tight ends

When senior tight end Joe Torchia was lost for the season earlier this month due to a shoulder injury, redshirt freshman Jeremiah Mathis was converted from defensive end to the position he played on offense at DeMatha High School. Mathis...

By Steve Yanda  | October 26, 2010; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike London hopes Fells-Danzer example becomes infectious

When it became clear last spring that the fullback position was going to be a significant component of the pro-style offense Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor was implementing, Terence Fells-Danzer approached first-year Coach Mike London and asked for the opportunity to...

By Steve Yanda  | October 26, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Miami poses concerns for London, Cavaliers on many fronts

First-year Virginia Coach Mike London paused briefly after the question was asked: What concerns you about Miami? "Let's see," he said, "where can I start on that one?" The Cavaliers (3-4, 0-3 ACC) will ride a nine-game conference losing streak...

By Steve Yanda  | October 25, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia offensive line 'by committee' as Landon Bradley returns from injury

Junior offensive tackle Landon Bradley returned to Virginia's depth chart Monday after missing two weeks with a broken right hand. Bradley, who started the first five games of the season at left tackle, was listed as interchangeable at the position...

By Steve Yanda  | October 25, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia to play Duke at noon Nov. 6

The Virginia football team will play at Duke at noon Nov. 6. The game will be broadcast on either ESPNU or ESPN3.com. The Blue Devils are 1-6 overall and 0-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Virginia (3-4, 0-3) will host...

By Steve Yanda  | October 25, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Expect large defensive rotation to continue as Virginia's season progresses

Many players on the Virginia defense that had not consistently received a whole lot of snaps per game prior to Saturday night were given ample opportunities to showcase their skills against Eastern Michigan. And as the season wears on, Coach...

By Steve Yanda  | October 25, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia run defense ranks No. 114 in the nation

It was another rough weekend in regards to Virginia's efforts to contain its opponents rushing attack. Eastern Michigan utilized a jet sweep and a quarterback zone option keep to thrash the Cavaliers for 209 rushing yards in the first half....

By Steve Yanda  | October 25, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Marc Verica rebounds from sour outing against North Carolina

This time a week ago, Virginia Coach Mike London was having to answer questions about who his starting quarterback would be come Saturday. Fifth-year senior Marc Verica had thrown three interceptions in a 34-point loss to North Carolina, and it...

By Steve Yanda  | October 25, 2010; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ras-I Dowling's knee injury frustrating on many levels

Senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling has missed nearly all of the past two games due to a right knee injury. Dowling sat out the first two games of the season and played sparingly in reserve in the third and fourth contests...

By Steve Yanda  | October 24, 2010; 9:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike London: OT Landon Bradley to 'find a way to play' against Miami

Junior offensive tackle Landon Bradley was cleared to play Saturday night against Eastern Michigan and would have been available in an emergency situation, Virginia Coach Mike London said Sunday. Bradley underwent surgery Oct. 11 to repair a broken right hand...

By Steve Yanda  | October 24, 2010; 9:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Several Virginia players disciplined Saturday for class attendance issues

Virginia Coach Mike London said Sunday that junior center Anthony Mihota was one of several players disciplined during Saturday's 48-21 win over Eastern Michigan for recent class attendance issues. Sophomore reserve center Mike Price tallied his first career start Saturday...

By Steve Yanda  | October 24, 2010; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia 48, Eastern Michigan 21: Three up, three down

Well, the final margin of victory was about what most people thought it would be entering Saturday's contest. How Virginia and Eastern Michigan arrived at that final margin, though, was more than a little shocking. Midway through the third quarter,...

By Steve Yanda  | October 24, 2010; 12:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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