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Virginia senior RB Kevin Parks is believed to have suffered a calf injury during Medal of Honor bowl practices.

The news comes on the heels of Park's worst statistical season from a per carry standpoint, compiling 745 rushing yards on a 3.9 YPC average.
Jan 10 - 10:46 AM

Virginia senior RB Kevin Parks will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

The 5-foot-8, 208-pound Cavalier could have worked his way into draft consideration with a big year, but Parks regressed instead, struggling through arguably his worst season out of four (745 rushing yards on a 3.9 YPC average). Over the summer, CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote that "lack of ideal size and home run speed are the biggest knocks on Parks," criticisms which played out true in 2014, as Parks only had two games with more than 100-plus rushing yards.
Jan 8 - 6:18 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah tweeted the more he watches Virginia EDGE play Eli Harold, the more he likes him.

Harold "needs a runway but he can generate power and he has a tight inside counter move," Jeremiah tweeted. We are in agreement on Harold and he will test like an athletic freak at the Combine. However, do not count his athleticism twice, since it is already a major part of his on-field evaluation.
Jan 8 - 11:08 AM

Virginia true sophomore OLB Max Valles announced he will declare for the NFL draft.

A shocker, as Valles hasn't been spoken of as a high-round pick, and the prospect himself announced more than once this winter that he was returning to school. "I’m not going anywhere," Valles said after Virginia’s season-ending 24-20 loss at Virginia Tech. "For one thing, I’m still just 19." He later tweeted the same message. Valles is eligible jump because he spent a year at Fork Union Military Academy before enrolling at Virginia. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder had a team-leading nine sacks, ranked seventh in the ACC with 12.5 tackles for loss, led all non-defensive backs in the conference with eight passes defended, and tied for fourth in the ACC with three forced fumbles. Valles and Eli Harold led a dynamic defense which was tied for 24th in the nation with 34 sacks heading into bowl season (the 5-7 Cavs didn't qualify).
Jan 6 - 3:24 PM

The ACC approved a medical hardship waiver that grants Virginia senior CB Demetrious Nicholson a sixth season of eligibility.

Nicholson missed all but one game in 2014 with a turf toe injury. He also suffered a season-ending injury in the fifth game of the 2013 season. In his last fully-healthy season, Nicholson tied for the ACC lead with 15 passes defensed in 2012, and finished fourth on the Cavs with 56 tackles. Over the summer, CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote that Nicholson's "quickness and natural cover skills could earn him a spot on an NFL roster as a nickel option."
Jan 5 - 6:48 PM

Virginia junior DE/OLB Eli Harold has a "could be a major riser in the draft process," reports ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Big-time athlete with a long, solid frame who can provide a pass-rush and could be something special as he develops his skill set," Kiper wrote. "He could definitely land in Round 1 and could be a major riser in the draft process." Kiper's colleague Todd McShay wrote in late October that Harold is likely to be "off the board by the third round" if he declares. Harold has continued to improve, forcing a sunnier projection. In fact, Rotoworld's Josh Norris currently ranks Harold as the No. 18 overall prospect in the class.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 05:23:00 PM

Virginia junior edge rusher Eli Harold announced he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

We will say it right now, Harold will receive the draft "riser" label at some point in the process. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Harold as the No. 6 edge rusher in a loaded class at the position, which places him at No. 18 overall. Harold is a fluid athlete with a great frame and has already been used as an end or in a two point stance as a standup linebacker. He recorded seven sacks in 2014.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 11:29:00 AM

The Washington Post reports that Virginia redshirt junior QB David Watford has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer to another school.

The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Watford was the starting QB for the Cavaliers for all of the 2013 season, leading Virginia to a 2-10 record. Watford threw for 2,202 yards, eight touchdowns and 15 interceptions. This year, Watson has been passed on the depth chart by redshirt sophomores Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns as the Cavaliers finished with a 5-7 record this season. Watford saw time in four games this season, however, with Virginia dealing with injuries, Watford played two games at the wide receiver position.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 03:32:00 PM

Virginia senior S Anthony Harris accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Let's get this out of the way first: There was no way Harris was going to replicate his stats from last season. Even so, he was an all-ACC honoree who an AFC East scout called a "good player" earlier this year. Harris led the nation with eight interceptions in 2013, named a Walter Camp and Sports Illustrated All-American as a junior. This season, he had 108 tackles (two for loss), two interceptions and 10 breakups. Harris is a good athlete with ball skills who is likely to go during the draft's first two days.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 08:32:00 PM

Virginia announced that head coach Mike London will return next season.

London is 5-6 this season and 23-37 overall. If the Cavs lose to Virginia Tech on Friday, he will have missed a bowl game in four of five campaigns. Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage said he has "seen signs of progress in many areas" and added that "through the staff changes made over the last two years, we are better at teaching the game and in the overall development of the student-athletes." London has recruited well and will be in a good position to succeed next year with 15 starters returning.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 02:08:00 AM

Virginia senior RB Kevin Parks had 15 carries for 43 yards in Saturday's loss to Florida State.

Parks also had four catches for 27 yards. The running back doesn't have blinding speed and against a defense filled with athletes like Florida State's, he can find himself mired in a barrage of short runs. In this contest, he averaged just 2.9 YPC and didn't bust anything longer than 11. Over the summer, CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote that "lack of ideal size and home run speed are the biggest knocks on Parks," criticisms which have played out true in 2014, as Parks only has two games with more than 100+ rushing yards.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 11:39:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Virginia senior RB Kevin Parks has "some make-you-miss ability."

Brugler did start out his note on Parks with a bit of a backhand compliment, saying that the 5-foot-8, 208-pound Cavalier "doesn't look like much," but went on to write that the runner "is shifty." Parks has used that shiftiness to rack up 626 rushing yards in 2014. Parks had a breakout season a year ago in which he rushed for 1,031 yards. While he's averaging a relatively average 4.2 YPC this season, over the summer CBS Sports' Derek Stephens speculated that Parks might land somewhere in the mid-to-late rounds of the NFL draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 08:31:00 PM

Virginia senior WR Miles Gooch will miss the remainder of the year with a knee injury.

Gooch suffered the injury on October 25 against North Carolina. The receiver is not eligible for a medical redshirt. Prior to the injury, Gooch had caught 24 passes for 371 yards, good for third on the team. Gooch was rated as a three-star athlete coming out of high school.
Source: NBC Sports
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 06:36:00 PM

Virginia junior DE Eli Harold has a "long frame with room to add a lot more bulk," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay makes it clear that he isn't even sure if Harold will declare for the draft, but if the Cavalier does opt to bolt, McShay thinks it's likely he'll be "off the board by the third round." Harold is listed at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds and his strengths include "good upper-body power, recognition skills and playmaking instincts." Additionally, Harold has shown improvement in his pass-rushing moves this season. With added bulk, he has the potential to "play different roles in a multiple-front defense." In the preseason, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that the junior's film "oozes quickness, explosion and the ability to force the action."
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 06:07:00 PM

Virginia senior S Anthony Harris is a "good player," according to an AFC East scout.

"Harris' future looks bright," added NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis. "Harris is establishing himself as one of the better safeties in college football." Harris rode a nation-leading eight-interceptions in 2013 to the preseason Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List. He's a good athlete with ball skills who is likely to go during the draft's first two days.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 08:13:00 PM


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