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Rutgers redshirt senior G Marcus Applefield transferred to Virginia as a graduate.

Applefield (6'5/308) started 10 games during the 2017 campaign, appearing in 27 total for his career with Rutgers. When he was choosing between colleges as a three-star recruit in the 2014 cycle, Virginia was one of his finalists before he ultimately opted for the Scarlet Knights.
Feb 8 - 6:52 PM

Virginia QB Kurt Benkert completed 4-of-11 passes for 90 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the South in a 45-16 victory over the North in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday.

Benkert (6'2/214) was hurt by some drops in his game time, but he also missed on some throws and made some bad decisions. One of his questionable decisions ended up being arguably the best throw of the game: A scrambling throw off his back foot that went between North defenders to Rashaad Penny for a 73-yard score. Benkert had the same consistency issues during the game that he showed during practices, and he showed those at his time at Virginia, too. Still, because he has good size and can make the throws you want to see from a quarterback, he has a chance to be a Day 3 selection.
Jan 27 - 6:18 PM

CBS Sports writer Chris Trapasso believes that Andrew Brown has the best week of any prospect at the Senior Bowl.

Brown (6'3/294) was far from an unknown coming into the week, but Trapasso's glowing report indicates that he's out performed all but the loftiest of expectations -- and maybe even that. He notes that he's made consistent penetration into the backfield, and lineman haven't been able to keep him from making plays. Consistency was an issue for Brown at Virginia and the gametape is sure to be heavily scrutinized, but if teams feel the way Trapasso did, he made himself some money this week in Mobile.
Source: CBS Sprorts
Jan 26 - 10:37 PM

Draft Analyst's Chris Tripodi calls Virginia LB Micah Kiser a name to watch for in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Tripodi mentions that Kiser didn't have much fanfare coming into his senior year -- caling him an "underrated" prospect -- but that the 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker built off his sophomore and junior campaigns to become a legit Day 2 prospect, in his mind. "He’ll have an opportunity to put his sideline-to-sideline speed, motor and instincts on display in Mobile," he writes, "and he could jolt his stock if he shows well in coverage -- an ability he’s flashed at times in his career."
Jan 22 - 6:54 PM

Virginia junior S Juan Thornhill will return to school for the 2018 school.

No hemming or hawing here. Thornhill (6'1/200) called it an "easy" call to come back to the Cavaliers for his senior year. He's fresh off his strongest year to date, having recorded 63 tackles (4.5 for loss) with a hearty four interceptions and 12 passes defended. Thornhill has picked off seven passes over the past two seasons.
Jan 5 - 6:35 PM

Virginia junior WR Olamide Zaccheaus caught five passes for 62 yards on Saturday in a 49-7 loss to Navy in the Military Bowl.

Zaccheus was essentially the only effective offensive player for the Cavaliers, which didn't mix well with the fact that Virginia couldn't stop the run. It ends on a down note, but it was a strong season for the junior wideout; catching 85 passes for over 900 yards and showing playmaking ability despite his small stature (5'8/185). There'll be a new quarterback in Charlottesville, but Zaccheaus still should put up solid numbers, and has a chance to be one of the better wideouts in the ACC in 2018.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 05:01:00 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert completed 16-of-36 passes for 164 yards and an interception in a 49-7 loss to Navy in the Military Bowl on Thursday.

This was not the way Benkert (6'4/230) wanted to end his UVA career. At least we hope not. Benkert took big strides forward in 2017, but he was inaccurate with the football, and probably should have had a few more passes picked. Still, he has a chance to be drafted because of his prototypical size and a strong throwing arm. The Senior Bowl will be key for his chances to go on Day 3 come spring.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 04:58:00 PM

Virginia senior S Quin Blanding accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Blanding (6'2/205) has been a stalwart on the Virginia defense in his time as a Cavalier, and led all safeties in tackles this year with 121. He also intercepted five passes. If Blanding shows he's adapt in coverage over the event, he could see his current early Day 3 draft stock move up into the first three rounds.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 06:26:00 PM

Former Arizona State redshirt sophomore Bryce Perkins transferred to Virginia.

This is a great story. In a 2016 practice at ASU, Perkins suffered a broken neck that was considered career-threatening. He believed he could still play quarterback at a major college, so Perkins transferred to the JUCO level and subsequently led Arizona Western College to a junior college national championship bowl this year. Perkins will apply for a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA to get three years to play. If he loses, he'll be considered a redshirt junior next year.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 12:25:00 PM

Virginia redshirt senior ILB Micah Kiser accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Kiser (6'2"/240) has been a consistent presence for the Cavaliers throughout his collegiate career and could potentially land as a Day 3 selection in the spring. He's proven particularly adept at defending the run as he's developed over the past four seasons. He's a tackling machine, with his 385 tackles since the beginning of the 2015 season the most by any player in the FBS in that space.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 10:32:00 PM

Virginia senior DL Andrew Brown accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Brown (6'4/284) has registered 42 tackles (9.0 for loss), three sacks and a forced fumble this season. While he probably has the athletic chops to hang in the NFL, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote in October that Brown "does not make enough plays on the field." He referred to him as nothing more than a "size/speed prospect." If he's drafted in the spring, it likely will not be until the later rounds.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 09:47:00 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Benkert (6'4/230) finished up the regular season throwing for 3,062 yards (59.6% completions) with a 25/8 TD/INT ratio. He's drawn a decent amount of draft buzz throughout the campaign, with three-of-five NFL execs polled by NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah deeming him to be the most underrated quarterback in the class back in October. Benkert possesses NFL tools and it would not be a surprise to see him selected near the tail-end of Day 2. If not then, early on Day 3.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 09:09:00 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert completed 17-of-34 passes for 186 yards in a 10-0 loss to Virginia Tech on Friday.

Benkert was extremely impressive in the near-upset of Miami last week. This one wasn't close to that effort. The Virginia Tech defense certainly came to play against their rivals, but he made things easy by missing easy intermediate passes and not able to connect on anything of the long variety, either. Benkert and the Cavaliers will finish their year in a bowl game next month.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 11:08:00 PM

Virginia redshirt sophomore WR Warren Craft (undisclosed) will miss Friday's game against Virginia Tech.

Craft has not been able to play since the third week of the year, and his season ends with five catches for 55 yards. We likely won't know his status for Virginia's bowl game for a while, but it'd be a surprise if he's able to play after missing the last nine games.
Thu, Nov 23, 2017 07:33:00 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert completed 28-of-37 passes for 384 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 44-28 loss to Miami.

The Cavaliers came out hot in this one, with Benkert connecting on a pair of early first-quarter scores to put UVA up 14-0. Miami would come back to tie the contest before Benkert returned fire with two more touchdown passes (one late in the second quarter, one early in the third). The Hurricanes took control from that point on, but it was a fantastic performance by Benkert nonetheless. This was the redshirt senior's sixth showing this year of at least three touchdown passes. He'll try for one more big performance against Virginia Tech on Black Friday to close out the regular season.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 03:55:00 PM


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