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Virginia senior RB Taquan Mizzell said that in regards to HC Bronco Mendenhall's new offense, he has "definitely bought in."

"The coaches keep saying, ‘Just remember we’ve still got other stuff coming, so make sure you lock in and focus because we’re going to throw you as much as you can handle,'" Mizzell explained. Last season, the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder broke the single-season ACC record for receiving yardage by a running back, racking up 721 yards on 75 catches. He also rushed for 671 yards. Mizzell has always been a pass-catching weapon out of the backfield -- he logged 29 as a freshman and 39 as a sophomore before exploding for the 75 last season -- but has yet to find an equal level of success on the ground. Prior to 2015, his previous career-best for rushing yards in a season was just 280 yards.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 5 - 2:02 PM

Virginia DL coach Ruffin McNeill said that he is "excited to be coaching and teaching."

East Carolina somewhat unexpectedly fired McNeill after the end of the 2015 season. The 57-year-old subsequently landed on his feet as a DL coach under new Cavaliers HC Bronco Mendenhall. "I love teaching and coaching, coaching and teaching, and coach Mendenhall is a great man to work with and for," McNeill said, "and these kids here at UVA are excited and energized and wanting to have a great 'coach me, coach' mentality." For his part, Mendenhall said that McNeill offers a "tremendous" complement to his own coaching style and personality.
May 30 - 1:24 PM

Virginia redshirt junior ILB Micah Kiser was named to the Lott IMPACT trophy watch list.

Kiser broke out in a huge way last year, leading the ACC with 117 tackles and earning first-team All-ACC honors. Of those tackles, 82 came on run plays. But Kiser isn't a two-down linebacker. The former four-star recruit also recorded 7.5 sacks.
May 21 - 2:00 PM

Arizona State graduate DE Jack Powers transferred to Virginia.

Powers will have two years of eligibility remaining after he joins the Cavaliers this summer. With Arizona State, the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder was listed on the offensive line and appeared mostly on special teams in 2014. He was not with the football program in 2015, but finished out his undergraduate degree and will be eligible to play immediately once he settles in with HC Bronco Mendenhall's new squad.
May 18 - 12:13 PM

Virginia HC Bronco Mendenhall says graduate QB Kurt Benkert is one of three quarterbacks competing for the starting job.

On Monday, Benkert officially joined the Cavs as a grad transfer from ECU. First and foremost, Benkert will have to beat out the incumbent Matt Johns, who was great in 2014 and dreadful in 2015 (17 interceptions). The third horse in this race is 2015 backup Connor Brewer. Of the latter two quarterbacks, Mendenhall said: "I really liked Matt Johns’ leadership, he’s exceptional at that. Connor Brewer, I liked his decision-making. Those two things off and on gave us about the same result through all of spring, but we’re going to need to increase productivity and consistency at the quarterback position."
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 7:29 PM

Steelers signed Virginia WR Canaan Severin.

Severin (6’2/205) runs polished routes and used a sturdy frame to box out smaller collegiate corners, at which point flypaper hands took care of the rest. His Combine snub can be attributed to deflated stats via Virginia's McLovin offenses the past few years. What hinders Severin's NFL outlook is 4.59 speed and an inability to consistently separate that comes from athletic stiffness. Consider him a homeless man's Laquon Treadwell without the blocking or the guns. For all his limitations, Severin does have a chance to stick, with the Steelers in particular. Having lost Martavis Bryant to suspension, Pittsburgh's depth chart is wide open behind Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates, Markus Wheaton and Darius Heyward-Bey. Severin will compete with the likes of Eli Rogers, Issac Blakeney, Shakim Phillips and seventh-rounder Demarcus Ayers for a spot.
May 11 - 7:53 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Virginia edge rusher Trent Corney could do some "damage up in the CFL and [generate] NFL looks in a few years."

The Winnipeg Bombers plucked Corney with the No. 8 selection in the second round of Tuesday's CFL Draft. Corney ran a 4.6 40-yard dash at the Houston Regional Combine in February and tested well in the other athletic drills as well. He's an interesting long-term 4-3 DE/3-4 OLB deep developmental sleeper project to keep tabs on.
May 11 - 1:55 PM

Virginia freshman RB Tre Harbison will transfer.

Well that was fast. Harbison was a member of the 2016 recruiting class and enrolled at Virginia in January. Part of this land-speed-record transfer is likely due to the Cavaliers' coaching changes. The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder was recruited by Mike London's regime, with the expectation being that he would play running back in a pro-style offense. After London's exit stage left, new HC Bronco Mendenhall moved Harbison over to fullback. Should the freshman-to-be transfer to another FBS school, he will have to sit out a year due to NCAA regulations.
May 10 - 8:54 PM

Pro Football Focus' Zoltan Buday wonders which version of Virginia redshirt senior QB Matt Johns will show up in 2016.

Johns was superb in 2014, accruing a PFF grade of +9.0 (9th in the 2017 class). Handed the starting job last fall with the expectation of another forward step, Johns instead face-planted, posting one of the lowest PFF grades of any quarterback in the nation (-13.9, 48th). The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder won't get another opportunity to post a 20/17 TD/INT rate, because new HC Bronco Mendenhall won't hesitate to supplant him with a QB who will stick around campus longer.
May 10 - 5:28 PM

Virginia sophomore QB Nick Johns will transfer.

Johns announced his decision on Twitter, with Virginia confirming that he had received an unconditional release from his scholarship. Perhaps playing into his decision, several days ago, ECU graduate gunslinger Kurt Benkert opted to transfer to the Cavaliers. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Johns did not see game action in 2015. For those wondering, he is not related to incumbent junior starter Matt Johns.
Source: ESPN.com
May 5 - 8:57 PM

Bengals signed Virginia DT David Dean.

Dean (6'1/295) made 35 career starts on the Cavs' defensive line, notching 25.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was an honorable mention All-ACC pick as a fifth-year senior. Dean's tendency to play too high despite his short, stocky frame is a flaw that should be able to be ironed out, though his lack of length (31 1/2" arms) and limiting stature will likely prevent Dean from becoming more than a rotational reserve.
May 3 - 3:40 PM

ECU graduate QB Kurt Benkert will transfer to Virginia.

Because he will be transferring as a graduate, Benkert will be eligible to play immediately. He announced his decision via Twitter, writing, "I'm ready for the next chapter, it's going to be a great [two] years!" The 6-foot-3, 225-pound gunslinger did not play in 2015 due to a knee injury. One possible reason for the transfer to Virginia, specifically -- former ECU HC Ruffin McNeill (who was fired at the end of the 2015 campaign) was hired as an assistant with the Cavaliers earlier this offseason.
May 2 - 8:36 PM

Ravens selected Virginia CB Maurice Canady with the No. 209 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Canady (6'1/193) made 32 starts for Virginia, compiling 29 pass breakups, five interceptions, and four forced fumbles. Canady's draft stock received a boost at the Combine, where he ran 4.49 with a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Canady's game tape is more worrisome; he was torched for ten TD passes the last two seasons and shows an aversion to contact in run support. Canady has some starting-caliber traits, but was a fringe-NFL prospect at UVA. He's a boom-bust pick who appears more likely to bust.
Apr 30 - 5:15 PM

ECU redshirt junior QB Kurt Benkert will transfer.

Doff of the cap to 247Sports' Stephen Igoe on this one. We don't yet know where Benkert will transfer. Last season, a serious knee injury suffered late in August camp sidelined the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder for the entirety of the 2015 campaign. He was cleared for spring practice in early March.
Apr 25 - 8:13 PM

Former North Carolina sophomore G Jared Cohen transferred to Virginia.

Cohen appeared in 13 contests (two starts) in 2014, but left the program prior to the start of the 2015 season. Because the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder sat out last season, he will be eligible to play for the Cavaliers during the coming campaign. He made his announcement on Twitter, writing, "All of the paperwork is signed, sealed, and delivered. I will be attending the University of Virginia! #HoosRising." Cohen will have three years of eligibility remaining at his new home.
Mar 31 - 5:31 PM


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