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Cavaliers Journal: November 7, 2010 - November 13, 2010

Plenty of injuries to go around for Virginia in loss to Maryland

In addition to losing senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling to a left foot injury after Dowling had played just five snaps Saturday, Virginia saw several other players get hurt and be forced to leave the game for varying amounts of time....

By Steve Yanda  | November 13, 2010; 9:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ras-I Dowling starts, leaves game with left foot injury in first quarter

Senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling left Saturday's contest against Maryland less than six minutes into the first quarter after making his first start since Oct. 9 at Georgia Tech. Dowling retreated to the locker room with two members of the Virginia...

By Steve Yanda  | November 13, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live from Scott Stadium: Virginia vs. Maryland

In a show of appreciation to the military, Virginia coaches are sporting camoflauge pants and hats today. Right now, 32 fourth- and fifth-year seniors are being recognized on the field with their loved ones. Shortly, the Cavaliers will take the...

By Steve Yanda  | November 13, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia 76, William & Mary 52: Three up, three down

As far as introductions go, Billy Baron and the most of the rest of the Virginia freshmen did a pretty nice job Friday night. In addition to helping the Cavaliers earn a 24-point victory over a team that made a...

By Steve Yanda  | November 12, 2010; 11:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Freshman forward James Johnson to redshirt this season

Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said after Friday night's 76-52 season-opening win over William & Mary that freshman forward James Johnson will redshirt this season. Johnson will have four years of eligibility remaining at the start of next season. "James and...

By Steve Yanda  | November 12, 2010; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Landon Bradley to undergo season-ending knee surgery Nov. 16

The good news for junior offensive tackle Landon Bradley was that doctors recently had fitted him for a smaller cast that would allow him full movement of the fingers in his surgically repaired right hand. He previously had been forced...

By Steve Yanda  | November 12, 2010; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia men's basketball team signs three players for Class of 2011

Virginia will add three players to its men's basketball team next fall after signing a trio of recruits in the past few days following the start of the NCAA's early signing period. Darion Atkins, a forward from Clinton, Md., Malcolm...

By Steve Yanda  | November 12, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scouting William & Mary

William & Mary turned in one of the best seasons the program ever has had last year. The Tribe went 22-11 and earned a berth in the National Invitational Tournament for the second time in school history. William & Mary...

By Steve Yanda  | November 12, 2010; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poll: How will Virginia fare against Maryland?

"When you come into a new situation, you always want your senior leadership to buy in because they're the ones that set the tone and the pace for some of the young guys that are in the program." -- Virginia...

By Steve Yanda  | November 12, 2010; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia's weekly injury report

No big surprises on this week's injury report. Here it is: Out -- Junior offensive tackle Landon Bradley (lower extremity), sophomore wide receiver Tim Smith (ankle), senior tight end Joe Torchia (shoulder) Probable -- Senior middle linebacker Darnell Carter (upper...

By Steve Yanda  | November 11, 2010; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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OT Landon Bradley to miss remainder of season with lower leg injury

Virginia Coach Mike London said Thursday that junior offensive tackle Landon Bradley will miss the remainder of the season due to a lower left leg injury the player suffered early in the second quarter of last Saturday's 55-48 loss at...

By Steve Yanda  | November 11, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In retrospect, Virginia secondary underwent too much shuffling against Duke

Junior cornerback Chase Minnifield was able to play just more than a dozen snaps Saturday at Duke before having to leave the game due to an ankle sprain suffered in practice earlier that week. With Minnifield unavailable and senior cornerback...

By Steve Yanda  | November 11, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DL Coach Jeff Hanson to move 'up top' while DC Jim Reid transitions to sideline

Virginia Defensive Line Coach Jeff Hanson will observe the remainder of the Cavaliers' games from the coaches' box, Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid said Wednesday night. Coach Mike London announced Monday that Reid -- who coached the first nine games of...

By Steve Yanda  | November 11, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jim Reid: Virginia defense 'more inconsistent than I thought that we would be'

Duke needed 86 seconds to drive 91 yards during a late fourth quarter drive Saturday that produced the game-winning touchdown against Virginia. Despite recording sacks on consecutive plays and at one point forcing a fourth and 20, the Cavaliers could...

By Steve Yanda  | November 10, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia enters regular season with 'two-headed monster' at point guard

Sophomore Jontel Evans and freshman Billy Baron will handle the point guard duties for Virginia while junior Sammy Zeglinski recovers from recent knee surgery. Coach Tony Bennett said Tuesday that senior Mustapha Farrakhan could play point guard "if we're in...

By Steve Yanda  | November 10, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tony Bennett: Frontcourt rotation undecided, redshirt decision looming

Several spots in the Virginia frontcourt rotation remain up for grabs as the Cavaliers prepare for their regular season opener Friday night against William & Mary, Coach Tony Bennett said Tuesday. That rotation will be affected by a meeting Bennett...

By Steve Yanda  | November 10, 2010; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ACC reviewed LoVante Battle's helmet-to-helmet hit on Duke WR Conner Vernon

The Atlantic Coast Conference reviewed on Monday a helmet-to-helmet hit initiated by a Virginia player during Saturday's game at Duke. Conference officials determined that the hit made by sophomore linebacker LoVante Battle on Blue Devils wide receiver Conner Vernon during...

By Steve Yanda  | November 8, 2010; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ras-I Dowling continues to practice, sit out on Saturdays

For the past month, senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling has participated in practices throughout the week only to declare himself unfit to play on Saturdays. Dowling has been dealing with a lingering right knee injury that has prevented him from competing...

By Steve Yanda  | November 8, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid to coach from the sidelines the rest of the season

Through the first nine games of the season, Virginia Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid performed his game day duties from the coaches' box high above whatever field on which the Cavaliers happened to be playing. Beginning Saturday -- when Virginia hosts...

By Steve Yanda  | November 8, 2010; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike Scott, Mustapha Farrakhan, Will Sherrill named Virginia men's basketball team captains

Seniors Mike Scott, Mustapha Farrakhan and Will Sherrill will serve as the Viginia men's basketball team captains this seaon, according to a release issued Monday by the school's athletic department. Coach Tony Bennett made the selections. "Mustapha, Mike and Will...

By Steve Yanda  | November 8, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia's game Nov. 20 at Boston College to kickoff at noon

The Virginia football team (4-5, 1-4 ACC) will play Nov. 20 at Boston College (4-5, 2-4) in a game that will kickoff at noon and be broadcast on ESPNU....

By Steve Yanda  | November 8, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Some guys want to make plays; other guys just want to make sure they don't get beat'

In the past five quarters of play, Virginia (4-5, 1-4 ACC) has allowed a combined 74 points. Statistically-speaking, there have been only two defenses in the Atlantic Coast Conference that have played worse on a consistent basis than the Cavaliers...

By Steve Yanda  | November 8, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Day-one, self-inflicted' penalties haunt Cavaliers

Penalties have been a persistent issue for the Virginia football team this season. In one-third of their games so far this season, the Cavaliers were charged with more than 100 penalty yards. Virginia was called for 11 penalties in each...

By Steve Yanda  | November 8, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'You just look at it and you're like, Oh no, this is not happening'

There were a lot of big plays Saturday during Virginia's 55-48 loss at Duke -- 33 by Coach Mike London's count. But none were as crucial or momentum-swinging as the fourth and 20 play that the Blue Devils converted, trailing...

By Steve Yanda  | November 8, 2010; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chase Minnifield's ankle injury forces shuffling of roles in Virginia secondary

Junior cornerback Chase Minnifield sprained his ankle during practice early last week, but he elected to try to play through the injury Saturday at Duke. Minnifield -- who entered the game tied for the national lead in interceptions (six) --...

By Steve Yanda  | November 7, 2010; 8:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike London considered replacing QB Marc Verica after third interception against Duke

Virginia Coach Mike London said Sunday night that he considered replacing Marc Verica after the fifth-year senior quarterback threw his third intercepion during Saturday's 55-48 loss at Duke. Verica threw for a school-record 417 yards and four touchdowns on 24...

By Steve Yanda  | November 7, 2010; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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