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Virginia junior RB Jordan Ellis rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Saturday's 38-18 win over UConn.

Ellis (5'11/215) notched a seven-yard touchdown run with about 30 seconds remaining in the first half. That score boosted UVA to a 24-0 lead. UConn would not seriously threaten them after halftime. The junior back has posted 219 rushing yards and three touchdowns in three contests this season.
Sep 16 - 3:22 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert completed 30-of-40 passes for 455 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 38-18 win over UConn.

The 455 passing yards are a career-best for Benkert, who tossed a scoring pass in each of the final three quarters to help the Cavaliers salt the game away. Benkert has done a nice job through three games, having now thrown for 976 yards with a 7/1 TD/INT ratio. He fired off 21 touchdown passes a year ago. The redshirt senior and the rest of his Virginia crew will try for the upset against Boise State next Friday as they look to improve to 3-1 on the year.
Sep 16 - 3:17 PM

Virginia redshirt freshman WR De'Vante Cross will serve as a backup cornerback during Saturday's game against UConn.

Cross (6'2/205) was listed as both a backup receiver and a backup corner in the two-deep depth chart released this week. The Cavaliers are looking to pad out their secondary depth after losing starting CB Tim Harris to injury for the season. "It’s a great opportunity to help the team and a great opportunity for myself," Cross said, "so I’ll try to take advantage of it. I’m pretty comfortable with both [wideout and cornerback]. You just learn what you’ve got to do, and the rest is up to you."
Sep 15 - 6:51 PM

Virginia junior WR Olamide Zaccheaus caught 12 passes for 72 yards in Saturday's 34-17 loss to Indiana.

Zaccheaus (5'8/185) had it going in terms of volume, at least, but did not post a reception of longer than 20 yards. UVA's most accomplished receiving threat, the junior logged a 51-584-7 line last season. He is up to 17 catches through two games this time around.
Sep 9 - 7:45 PM

Virginia redshirt junior ILB Micah Kiser suffered an apparent left knee injury in Saturday's game against Indiana.

Kiser already had a brace on that left knee, so there could be reason for concern here. We'll pass along updates as they become available. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder is a potential Day 3 selection in next spring's draft.
Sep 9 - 4:26 PM

Virginia senior CB Tim Harris will miss the remainder of the season due to a wrist injury.

The injury was described as "significant" and required surgery. Harris might be able to gain an extra season of eligibility if he applies for a medical redshirt. He missed the bulk of 2016 due to injury as well.
Sep 5 - 12:07 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert went 27-for-39 for 262 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 28-10 win against William & Mary.

Benkert calmly and efficiently carved up the Tribe, allowing his top three receivers (Doni Dowling, Andre Levrone and Olamide Zaccheaus) to each surpass 55 yards receiving. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Benkert threw for 2,552 yards (56.2% completions) with a 21/11 TD/INT ratio last season. The Cavs take on Indiana next week.
Sep 2 - 6:33 PM

Virginia redshirt freshman WR De'Vante Cross is feeling an increased comfort level at wideout.

Cross (6'2/205) moved from quarterback to wide receiver last spring and subsequently took a redshirt for the past campaign. "Every day I’m learning. Every day, I learn something new about myself and about the position. It’s just a learning process," Cross explained. Virginia HC Bronco Mendenhall has taken note of his improvements, saying, "He is somebody I’ve noticed all through our practices, in terms of his ability to make plays. He’s emerged and done a really good job."
Aug 24 - 6:24 PM

Virginia junior Jordan Ellis is expected to start.

A three-star recruit, the 5-foot-11, 215-pound Ellis thought about leaving Virginia last year at this time because he was stuck behind veterans like Smoke Mizzell and Albert Reid. Good thing he didn't, because Ellis is now the team's clear No. 1 back. Ellis is a relative unknown with only 135 career rushing yards. He's backed up by Daniel Hamm. "It’s going to be whoever’s hot and doing what we need them to do," said running backs coach Mark Atuaia. "Both of them, we know what their strengths are and we’ll put them in positions to be successful."
Aug 23 - 4:56 PM

Virginia suspended redshirt senior T Jack English for the season-opener against William & Mary.

"Just violation of team rules. That’s as far as I’ll go," said HC Bronco Mendenhall. English (6'5/305) started 11 games at left tackle for the Cavaliers last season. Dillon Reinkensmeyer, Osiris Crutchfield and John Montelus are a few of the options that Mendenhall ticked off when asked who would replace English for the opener. This suspension is not expected to last beyond that first game.
Source: Diehards
Aug 22 - 9:46 PM

Virginia sophomore WR Cole Blackman sustained a broken left tibia and fibula during practice on Saturday.

Blackman (6'1/210) will miss the 2017 season while rehabbing from the severe injury. As a true freshman last season, he saw the field in four of 12 contests but did not record any statistical production. Consider his loss a depth blow for the Cavaliers. He was not an expected starter for the coming season.
Aug 13 - 3:58 PM

Virginia senior S Quin Blanding is a "defensive back who's best playing downhill," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"He has the size and mentality of a linebacker and viciously attacks opponents," Pauline wrote. "What he lacks are ball skills, which will make Blanding less attractive on draft weekend." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Blanding has already posted 358 tackles over his three-year career. Last year, he had 118 tackles, two picks and two TFL.
Aug 9 - 5:35 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says Virginia redshirt junior ILB Micah Kiser is "forceful up the field" and will "sacrifice his body to make the play."

"Kiser has been a consistent defender at Virginia and is a tough run stuffer with an inside linebacker's build," Pauline wrote. The analyst sees Kiser as a Rd. 7 value. Last fall, NFL Media Draft analyst Chad Reuter called Kiser a "prototypical 3-4 linebacker prospect."
Aug 9 - 3:06 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert said that sophomore WR Joe Ross' ability to gain yards after the catch is "crazy."

Ross (6'3/215) played in all 12 of Virginia's games last season, but was used sparingly. He did make his mark when he happened to catch the ball -- his four catches on the year went for 19.3 yards per reception. Given Virginia's extreme offensive woes last season, Ross (a three-star recruit in the 2016 class) could carve out an expanded role with strong work during preseason camp.
Aug 8 - 4:38 PM

Virginia junior S Juan Thornhill "comes with adequate size and next level ball skills," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"The junior is very effective facing the action and easily covers pass catchers that come across the middle," Pauline wrote. Last year, Thornhill (6'1/200) appeared in all 12 games with 11 starts. He led UVA with three interceptions
Aug 6 - 1:53 PM


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