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Mike London: Ras-I Dowling has 'still got a story to write'

On Sunday, Virginia Coach Mike London described senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling as a player who would admit that "even if he was 80 percent he'd probably be like, 'Coach, I know that a 100 percent Mike Parker or a Devin Wallace is probably better than me right now.'"

During his Monday press conference, London was asked whether Dowling -- who has missed nearly all of the past three games with a knee injury -- at 80 percent is better than one of Virginia's reserve cornerbacks at 100 percent.

"We play a lot of bump-man coverage," London said. "You're up on a guy; you're pressing him. He moves; you move. You got to move quickly. Last year we played a lot of off-coverage, back pedal, where that may have been true.

"Ras-I wants what's best for the team. People will be looking at him, if he plays this year, and I think he will. I feel pretty good about that. But NFL teams will be looking at his junior year. He'll still be a high draft pick because of who he is, what he means to our team, what he'll mean to any other team.

"Right now, he's still got a story to write. He's not finished. He told me, ‘Coach, don't let anybody count me out.' If he says that, then I believe him."

By Steve Yanda  | November 2, 2010; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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