38
      Wednesday
      35 / 16
      Thursday
      29 / 16
      Friday
      37 / 15

      Virginia Cavaliers Season Outlook

      Virginia Cavaliers
      Head coach: Mike London (5th year) Last year's record/postseason result: 2-10 Key Players: Greyson Lambert, QB, Kevin Parks, RB, Zach Swanson, TE, Eli Harold, DE, Henry Coley, LB, Anthony Harris, S, Taquan Mizzell, RB. PR, KR, Khalek Sheperd, RB, Darius Jennings, WR, Daquan Romero, LB Schedule: Aug. 30 UCLA (ESPN), Noon Sept. 6 Richmond (ESPN3), 3:30 pm Sept. 13 Louisville (ACCN), 12:30 pm Sept. 20 at BYU Oct. 27 Kent State Oct. 4 Pittsburgh Oct. 18 at Duke Oct. 25 North Carolina Nov. 1 at Georgia Tech Nov. 8 at Florida State Nov. 22 Miami Nov. 28 at Virginia Tech (ABC, ESPN, 2 or U) From the ACC: 2013 In Review In many ways Virginia, in head coach Mike London's fourth year at the helm, was much better than the team which posted a 2-10 record in 2013...The Cavaliers dropped five games by 13 or fewer points, all of which they had chances to win...RB Kevin Parks turned in one of top seasons by a running back in UVa history, rushing for 1,031 yards and 11 TDs while also catching 38 passes for another 329 yards for a total of 1,370 combo yards...Parks topped the 100-yard rushing mark in games six times...QB David Watford made some strides in his first full season as a starter, completing 57 percent of his passes for 2,202 yards...TE Jake McGee led Virginia with 43 catches...SS Anthony Harris tied for the nation's lead in pass interceptions with eight picks (0.67/gm) and DE Eli Harold ranked in the ACC with 15.0 tackles for loss....Harris earned first-team All-America honors and was also a first-team All- ACC honoree...Parks and T Morgan Moses were second team All-ACC selections. Who's Gone? Virginia loses 18 lettermen and six starters from last year's team including four starters on off ense in Moses, C Luke Bowanko, FB Billy Skrobacz and WR Tim Smith as well as TE Jake McGee, who though not a starter, was the team's leading receiver (43 catches)...Defensively, the UVa only loses two starters, but both were valuable veterans in DE Jake Snyder and DT Brent Urban...London also added experience to his defensive coaching staff , bringing in veteran defensive coaches Mike Archer and Jappy Oliver. 2014 Preview Virginia entered spring practice looking to rebuild its offensive line, solidify its quarterback position and develop playmakers on both sides of the ball...Th e Cavaliers return 54 lettermen including 17 starters, seven on off ense and nine on defense...Virginia returns three starters upfront on off ense in Gs Connor Davis and Jay Whitmire (who moves to tackle this spring) and T Eric Smith...Sophomores Jackson Matteo and Eric Tetlow are competing for the C position while junior Ross Burbank came out of spring as the starter at the other guard...Sophomore QB Greyson Lambert emerged from spring as the starter over incumbent David Watford.... Parks gives the Cavaliers a playmaker at TB with senior Khalek Shepherd and speedy sophomore Taquan Mizell also available...UVa returns 9 of its top 11 receivers from a year ago, including WRs Darius Jennings (38 catches), Keeon Johnson, Dominique Terrell, Kyle Dockins, Miles Gooch and Canaan Severein as well as TEs Zach Swanson and Rob Burns... Defensively, the Cavaliers should be improved in their second year under coordinator Jon Tenuta's attacking defense as Virginia actually returns 10 starters when you include senior CB Demetrious Nicholson who missed half of 2013 with an injury...He joins CBs Maurice Canady and Tim Harris, All-America SS Anthony Harris, FS Brandon Phelps and CB Drequan Hoskey to provide experience, quality and depth to the secondary...MLB Henry Coley had a team-leading 91 tackles including 10.0 TFLs and he is joined by OLBs Daquan Romero (89 tackles, 7.5 TFLs) and Max Valles...DE Eli Harold has developed into one of the top pass rushers in the nation, while junior DE Mike Moore is the other likely starter ...Inside at DT, junior David Dean, senior Chris Braithwaite, sophomore Donte Wilkins and highly-touted true freshman Andrew Brown should provide the Cavaliers with improved interior defense...P/PK Alec Vozenilek returns as does PK Ian Frye. Roster Breakdown Starters Returning OFFENSE .....................2013 Career Pos. Name ......................Starts ... Starts WR Keeon Johnson, So. .......... 7 ............ 7 TE Zach Swanson, Sr.-R ........ 9 .......... 12 T Eric Smith, So. .................. 8 ............ 8 G Jay Whitmire, Jr. ............. 12 .......... 13 G Conner Davis, Sr. ............. 9 .......... 20 QB David Watford, Sr.-R ..... 12 .......... 12 RB Kevin Parks, Sr. .............. 12 .......... 14 DEFENSE .....................2013 ..Career Pos. Name ......................Starts ... Starts DE Eli Harold, Jr. .................. 12 .......... 13 DT David Dean, Jr.-R ........... 11 .......... 11 OLB Daquan Romero, Sr. ...... 11 .......... 15 LB Henry Coley, Sr.-R ......... 12 .......... 21 CB Tim Harris, So, ................. 7 ............ 7 CB Maurice Canady, Jr. ......... 8 .......... 10 S Drequan Hoskey, Sr. ...... 10 .......... 20 *CB Demetrious Nicholson, Jr. . 5 .......... 30 S Brandon Phelps, Sr. ....... 10 .......... 22 S Anthony Harris, Sr. ....... 11 .......... 23 *2012 starter who missed 6 games in 2013 with injury SPECIALISTS (2) ..............2013 ..Career Pos. Name ......................Starts ... Starts P Alec Vozenilek, Sr. ......... 12 .......... 24 PK Alec Vozenilek, Sr. ........... 8 ............ 8 Starters Lost (6) OFFENSE (4) .....................2013 ..Career Pos. Name ......................Starts ... Starts WR Tim Smith ......................... 7 .......... 26 T Morgan Moses................12 .......... 43 C Luke Bowanko ...............12 .......... 37 FB Billy Skrobacz ...................7 ............ 7 DEFENSE (2) .....................2013 ..Career Pos. Name ......................Starts ... Starts DE Jake Snyder .....................12 .......... 38 DT Brent Urban ......................8 .......... 20 Why UVa will be good -It can't get much worse than last year. They went 2-10 and finished the season on a nine-game losing skid. -Mike London figured out that naming a concrete starting QB as early as possible is the way to go. His decision to choose David Watford just didn't pan out. Now he's going with Greyson Lambert. Every coach says it's the right choice. He's the clear-cut leader and has performed well in preseason camp. -Sixteen (really 15 since QB David Watford is unlikely to start) starters are back. Yes those starters were a part of a two-win team but there is no substitute for game experience and the Cavaliers have that. Tight End Zach Swanson admitted the obvious - the team didn't win "but there were a lot of moments [where we did good things]." - The new offensive and defensive schemes under coordinators Steve Fairchild and Jon Tenuta are now in their second year. Players say they were thinking a lot last year and now they're simply reacting. Why UVa may struggle -You know how coaches may say "We may have lost ten games last year but six of those losses were by seven points or less." Well that statement would not apply to UVa. Of their ten losses in 2013, only one (Maryland 27-25) was by seven points or less. Their nine other losses were by an average of 23.6 points. -Greyson Lambert has gotten playing time but has never had the label as THE GUY at the college level. How well will he handle that? -You could argue that UVa's defense was better than UVa's offense in 2013 but that defense still allowed an average of 403.6 yards per game. -The offensive line is a work in progress. Morgan Moses and Luke Bowanko are off to the NFL. Jay Whitmire is likely to miss early season games with an injury. That's three out of five spots that will have someone new in there. Mike London Head Coaching File Year School ........AP/ USA ..ACC Finish .........All ...Pct. 2008 Richmond .................................................13-3-0 .....812 2009 Richmond .................................................11-2-0 .... 846 2010 Virginia ..............................1-7 .T5thC ......4-8-0 .....333 2011 Virginia ..............................5-3 T2ndC ......8-5-0 .....615 2012 Virginia ..............................2-6 .. 6thC ......4-8-0 .....333 2013 Virginia ..............................0-8 ... 7thC ....2-10-0 .....167 Virginia: 4 yrs .......................8-24 .(.250) . 18-31-0 .. .367 Richmond: 2 yrs ........................................... 24-5-0 . .828 Overall Record: 6 yrs ................................. 42-36-0 . .538 Cavaliers Assistant Coaches Steve Fairchild (Colorado State '81) .........Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Jon Tenuta (Virginia '82) .............................Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers Mike Archer (Miami '76) .............................Defensive Assistant Marques Hagans (Virginia '05) ..................Wide Receivers Larry Lewis (Boise State '81) .....................Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs Tom O'Brien (Navy '71) ..............................Associate Head Coach, Off ense/Tight Ends Jappy Oliver (Purdue '78) ..........................Defensive Line Scott Wachenheim (Air Force '84) .............Offensive Line Chip West (Livingstone '93).........................Recruiting Coordinator/Cornerbacks

      ABC 13 Sports Prediction: The Cavaliers will finish the regular season 5-7

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