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Cavaliers Journal: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

True freshman QB Michael Rocco played one series vs. B.C.

Following two first-half Virginia scoring drives that each lasted 13 or more plays, Virginia Coach Mike London replaced fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica with true freshman Michael Rocco. Prior to that point, Virginia's offense had operated fairly smoothly, and Verica...

By Steve Yanda  | November 20, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Boston College 17, Virginia 13: Three up, three down

Following Virginia's 17-13 loss Saturday at Boston College, first-year Coach Mike London said about all there is left to say about the 2010 Cavaliers: "One thing about this team is these guys play hard and they play fast, but we’re...

By Steve Yanda  | November 20, 2010; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dontrelle Inman: 'I thought I was in'

Trailing by four points, Virginia faced third and goal from the Boston College eight yard-line late in the fourth quarter Saturday. Cavaliers quarterback Marc Verica rifled a pass toward the back of the end zone, and wide receiver Dontrelle Inman...

By Steve Yanda  | November 20, 2010; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FS Corey Mosley did not travel with team, will not play vs. B.C.

UPDATED at 12:02 p.m. Junior free safety Corey Mosley did not travel with the Virginia football team Friday and will not play Saturday at Boston College. One of Mosley's uncles, James Patrick Mosley, was shot and killed Nov. 12 in...

By Steve Yanda  | November 20, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poll: How will Virginia fare at Boston College?

For Virginia, Saturday's game marks an opportunity to begin assessing the team more specifically for the future. Coach Mike London has said all week he plans to insert younger players more frequently into the final two games of the season....

By Steve Yanda  | November 19, 2010; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stanford 81, Virginia 60: Three up, three down

At this early stage, Virginia's confidence appears to be a very fragile thing. And when things fall apart in the form of defensive breakdowns, offensive miscues, ect., overall disintegration from an execution standpoint seems to take place in a hurry....

By Steve Yanda  | November 19, 2010; 2:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Joe Harris started over K.T. Harrell due to matchup issue

Freshman guard Joe Harris received his first collegiate start Thursday night at Stanford. Harris -- who finished with 12 points in 20 minutes -- took fellow freshman K.T. Harrell's place in the starting lineup due to an anticipated matchup issue...

By Steve Yanda  | November 19, 2010; 1:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tailback Keith Payne to sit out Boston College game due to injury

Virginia fifth-year senior tailback Keith Payne will miss Saturday's game at Boston College with what the team is describing as a "lower extremity" injury. Payne is Virginia's leading rusher, having gained 741 yards and 14 touchdowns on 153 carries this...

By Steve Yanda  | November 18, 2010; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ross Metheny, Michael Rocco to play Saturday at Boston College

While Mike London said Thursday there is no set plan on the number of snaps or series he wants reserve quarterbacks Michael Rocco and Ross Metheny to play Saturday, the Virginia head coach did acknowledge his intention to find opportunities...

By Steve Yanda  | November 18, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Corey Mosley expected to return to practice Thursday after loss of uncle

Junior free safety Corey Mosley is expected to return to practice Thursday after dealing with the recent death of the uncle who was instrumental in raising him. Mosley played Saturday against Maryland hours after learning that his uncle, James Patrick...

By Steve Yanda  | November 18, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Containing Montel Harris to be substantial task for Virginia defense

Boston College junior Montel Harris has rushed for more yards this season (1,128) than all but eight tailbacks in the nation. He is the Atlantic Coast Conference's lone player to have recorded more than 900 rushing yards. He is averaging...

By Steve Yanda  | November 18, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Boston College's defense used to air attacks this season

Opposing offenses like to pass the ball against Boston College. A lot. As in, only two Division 1-A teams in the nation that have played 10 games* this season have faced more pass attempts than the Boston College defense. The...

By Steve Yanda  | November 18, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Phillips brothers nominated for Orange Bowl Courage Award

Virginia sophomore tight end Colter Phillips and his two brothers -- both of whom play Division I college football -- have been nominated for the 2010 Orange Bowl Courage Award. The award is given annually to the player(s), coach or...

By Steve Yanda  | November 17, 2010; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scouting Stanford

Much like Virginia, Stanford entered the 2010-11 campaign with six freshmen on its roster. The Cardinal, however, have no seniors this season, which makes for an interesting dynamic on Coach Johnny Dawkins's squad. "There's a lot more teaching," Dawkins said...

By Steve Yanda  | November 17, 2010; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Virginia 74, USC Upstate 54: Three up, three down

For the second straight game, Virginia followed a sluggish start with a strong finish, which enabled the final margin of victory to turn out as it should have. But it's clear the Cavaliers are still a long ways from cohesive...

By Steve Yanda  | November 15, 2010; 11:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia to bring in official to referee practice Tuesday

In an effort to cut down on the high number of penalties that have plagued his team in the past three games, Virginia Coach Mike London said he has hired an official to referee Tuesday's practice. Only two of the...

By Steve Yanda  | November 15, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike London: 'guarded but optimistic' Keith Payne will play against B.C.

Virginia Coach Mike London said Monday he was "guarded but optimistic" that fifth-year senior tailback Keith Payne -- the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer -- will be available to play Saturday at Boston College. Payne suffered what London described as...

By Steve Yanda  | November 15, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ras-I Dowling to miss remainder of season with left ankle injury

Virginia senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling will miss the final two games of the season after suffering a left ankle fracture Saturday in the first quarter of the Cavaliers' 42-23 loss to Maryland. Dowling -- a two-time second team all-ACC selection...

By Steve Yanda  | November 15, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gametime announced for Virginia-Virginia Tech game ... kind of

Here's what we know: On Saturday, Nov. 27, Virginia will play at Virginia Tech. It will be the final regular season contest for both teams. Regardless of the outcome, Virginia Tech will play in a bowl game, and Virginia will...

By Steve Yanda  | November 15, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia's latest goal: Draw less than five penalties in a game

Out of the 120 Division 1-A college football teams in the nation, only two -- Southern Mississippi and Troy -- are averaging more penalty yards per game this season than Virginia. The Cavaliers tallied 16 penalties for 145 yards Saturday...

By Steve Yanda  | November 15, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scouting South Carolina Upstate

Virginia will host a South Carolina Upstate squad Monday night that is in its final season of transition from Division II to Division I. The Spartans are welcoming in 10 newcomers -- eight freshmen and two junior college transfers --...

By Steve Yanda  | November 15, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia to make 'concerted' effort to get younger players more experience in final two games

Virginia Coach Mike London said Sunday night that he and the other members of his coaching staff will make "a more concerted effort" over the next two weeks to find more playing time for the team's younger players. At 4-6...

By Steve Yanda  | November 14, 2010; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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China Crosby to undergo MRI on left knee Monday

Virginia women's basketball Coach Debbie Ryan said Sunday following the Cavaliers' 81-58 win over Mount St. Mary's that sophomore point guard China Crosby will undergo an MRI on her left knee Monday. Crosby did not play Sunday after re-injuring the...

By Steve Yanda  | November 14, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland 42, Virginia 23: Three up, three down

First-year Virginia Coach Mike London has had to discuss a wide array of his team's deficiencies during his postgame press conferences this season. He's discussed the run defense after it was porous, the offensive line after it provided poor protection,...

By Steve Yanda  | November 14, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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