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Virginia senior WR Canaan Severin accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is coming off a campaign in which he earned All-ACC second-team honors and was one of UVA's four team captains. Severin had 54 catches for 759 receiving yards and eight scores. The highlight was earning ACC Receiver of the Week honors after posting eight catches for 116 yards and a career-high three touchdowns at Louisville. Severin has the sickle cell trait, which means he’s a carrier of the gene for sickle cell anemia.
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Jan 5 - 7:22 PM

Virginia has hired BYU graduate assistant Shane Hunter to serve as DL coach.

Hunter had been part of the BYU staff alongside HC Bronco Mendenhall for the last three years, serving as a sounding board on the defensive line and in special teams. He'll stand by his man, joining Mendenhall at Virginia. Mendenhall called him a "rising star in the profession" and a "great addition to the staff." The Cavaliers were initially courting Navy DL coach Shaun Nua, but he'll be staying with the Midshipmen.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 03:13:00 PM

Virginia redshirt senior DT David Dean accepted an invite to attend the East-West Shrine Game.

Dean, a three-year starter and team captain, was recently named an All-ACC honorable mention pick by the media and coaches. The 6-foot-1, 290-pounder closes out his career No. 4 all-time among UVA DTs with 25.5 TFL.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 06:19:00 PM

Virginia has named BYU's Bronco Mendenhall as their next head coach.

Mendenhall's stepping in for Mike London, who resigned following the completion of the 2015 campaign. In his 11 years heading up BYU, Mendenhall held a 99-42 record. He guided the Cougars to a 9-3 record this season, despite losing QB Taysom Hill to injury in the team's opener against Nebraska. In a statement, Mendenhall indicated that he's excited to get started with the Cavaliers. "Professionally and personally I seek to embrace the highest standards in college sports, on and off the field, and I love the high standards both academically and athletically at Virginia." An introductory press conference is scheduled for Monday.
Source: USA Today
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 09:18:00 PM

Virginia senior CB Maurice Canady accepted an invite to play in the Senior Bowl.

Canady is on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list (given to the nation's best defensive player). He logged 39 tackles, three TFL and six pass breakups in 2015. The 6-foot-2 and 185-pounder was stamped him as a fifth-round prospect by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline over the summer.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 07:19:00 PM

Virginia senior WR Canaan Severin caught two passes for 34 yards and a touchdown in the school's 23-20 loss to Virginia Tech.

Severin finishes the season with eight touchdown grabs. This ends Virginia's 2015 campaign, as they are no bowl eligible. Expect to see Severin at some kind of all star game.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 03:54:00 PM

Virginia senior WR Canaan Severin is dressed for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech and was announced as a starter.

Severin has played very well this season, catching 51 passes for 713 yards and seven touchdowns. He has emerged as a tall receiving option who extends for contested catches and has a few circus grabs on his resume. Expect him to earn an all star and Combine invitation.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 11:38:00 AM

Virginia redshirt junior QB Matt Johns completed 24-of-33 passes for 344 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 42-34 win over Duke.

Johns finally, finally notched his first game with more than 300 yards passing. It comes with just one contest remaining on Virginia's schedule, but hey, at least he got it in under the gun. For the season, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound redshirt junior's thrown for 2,639 yards with a 19/15 TD/INT ratio. He's tossed an interception in 10 of 11 games and shouldn't be considered anything more than a filler DFS option.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 07:30:00 PM

BYU HC Bronco Mendenhall indicated that Saturday's 31-0 loss to Michigan was deflating enough that he asked AD Tom Holmoe to schedule a rematch.

Saturday's blanking by Michigan marked the first time the Cougars had been shutout since losing 3-0 to Utah in 2003. That's a span of 143 games. HC Mendenhall's squad couldn't even crack the 100-yard mark on offense until the final minutes of the game. This isn't all just woeful offense, of course. The Wolverines' defense has looked like one of the best units in the country over their last three games.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Virginia redshirt junior QB Matt Johns was horrific in Friday's 56-14 loss to Boise State, completing 12-of-25 passes for 199 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Johns' numbers are poor enough on the surface, but even the yardage total is somewhat hollow. 120 of his 199 yards came on passing touchdowns of 75 and 45 yards. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound redshirt junior had just 79 yards outside of those two flashy plays. Connor Brewer replaced him late in the game and Johns' starting job could certainly be in jeopardy following this disastrous performance. For the season, he's thrown for 989 yards with an 8/6 TD/INT ratio through four games.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 11:41:00 PM

Virginia senior WR Canaan Severin said that he "wouldn't want to play with [anyone other than redshirt junior QB Matt Johns]."

Johns beat out graduate QB Greyson Lambert for the starting gig at UVA in the spring, leading Lambert to transfer to Georgia. After Lambert posted a 24-of-25, 330-yard line against South Carolina on Saturday, the Cavaliers entered the unexpected position of having to defend the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Johns against a player who does not exist on their roster. HC Mike London was having none of it, saying that Johns "is the focal point. Players feed off his energy. He’s still improving." This season, the redshirt junior's completed 66.7% of his passes for 790 yards and a 6/3 TD/INT ratio through three games. He'll face a tough Boise State defense on Friday.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 07:49:00 PM

Virginia senior CB Maurice Canady "has next level ball skills but speed is a concern," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Watching Notre Dame junior Will Fuller out race Canady downfield for the game winning 40-yard reception with 12 seconds left will surely raise more red flags over the issue," Pauline wrote. The analyst stamped Canady as a fifth-rounder heading into the season. Canady, 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, started all 12 games last year, posting 12 pass breakups, three interceptions, a forced fumble and 37 tackles to earn second-team All-ACC honors.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 08:57:00 PM

Virginia redshirt junior QB Matt Johns completed 26 of 38 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 34-27 loss to Notre Dame.

Johns was quite impressive during the second half and putting Virginia out front. Johns' emergence forced Greyson Lambert to transfer to Georgia, where he is now starting. Virginia, now 0-2, plays William & Mary next.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 07:47:00 PM

Virginia sophomore S Quin Blanding's high school coach compared him to the football equivalent of a piano prodigy.

"It’s almost like you take a five- or four-year-old and put him in front of the piano and show him stuff, just a little bit, and they just get everything," said Blanding's high school coach Jon White, who added that "you never have to tell him anything twice." The 6-foot-1, 215-pound sophomore and former five-star recruit led the nation in tackles for a freshman last season when he racked up 123, which led to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter labeling him a "run-stopping machine." It's all the more remarkable for the fact that when his mom was pregnant with him, doctors told her that he would have no motor skills, as his cerebellum was not yet connected at the seven-month mark of the pregnancy.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 03:16:00 PM

Virginia senior WR T.J. Thorpe broke his collarbone in scrimmage and will miss at least 10 weeks.

Thorpe broke his clavicle in a scrimmage on Wednesday. A transfer from North Carolina, the senior is no stranger to injuries and the time they can cost. He missed the entirety of the 2012 season due to a broken foot. For his checkered career, the 6-foot, 210-pound receiver has caught 42 passes for 574 yards and five touchdowns.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 08:01:00 PM


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