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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.
Nov 18 - 3:55 PM

Virginia junior WR Olamide Zaccheaus caught nine passes for 98 yards in a 40-36 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

It's the fifth time this year that Zaccheaus (5'8/185) has now caught at least eight passes in five games this year. He didn't get into the end zone, but his ability to make plays from the slot set up several of the Cavalier scores on Saturday. He's one of the better "little" receivers in the conference, and should have another big game next week against Louisville.
Nov 4 - 6:42 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert completed 21-of-43 passes for 260 yards and threes scores with an interception in a 40-36 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

This was a terrific football bame. Benkert struggled with accuracy most of the day, but came up clutch when the Cavaliers were in need. His third touchdown was the game-winning score; a 27-yard dart to Andre Levrone to with just 1:22 left to make it 40-36. Benkert still frustrates from time to time, but he's made big improvements from the last year. Virginia will take on Louisville next week.
Nov 4 - 6:36 PM

Virginia redshirt senior T Jack English (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech.

This will be the first game that English has missed due to injury this season. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder also sat out the opener, but that was on suspension for a violation of team rules. There's no immediate timetable for English's return to action.
Nov 2 - 1:58 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert completed 22-of-42 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 31-14 loss to Pitt.

Benkert managed a 19-yard touchdown pass near the end of the first half and a two-yarder to start the fourth quarter, but otherwise was unable to find much traction through the air. We still view him as an intriguing prospect for draft purposes due to his accuracy and overall arm talent. He could potentially land as a Day 2 pick next spring depending on how he progresses through the evaluating process this winter.
Oct 28 - 4:30 PM

Virginia senior DL Andrew Brown "is a terrific athlete yet does not make enough plays on the field," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-4, 284-pounder entered the season with late-round grades, Pauline continued, but he's "done nothing to disprove the belief that he’s just a size/speed prospect." After posting 13 TFL and six sacks last year, Brown has just 18 tackles, four TFL and one sack this fall. "Brown is a terrific athlete yet does not make enough plays on the field. In seven games this season," Pauline wrote.
Oct 27 - 3:32 PM

In a poll of five NFL executives by NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, three tabbed Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert as the most underrated quarterback in college football.

"He has good size, athletic ability and arm strength. He gets the ball out. He's accurate on three levels," said one executive. Another noted that Benkert (6'4/230) "makes all the throws." Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, the redshirt senior gunslinger is starting to draw "early- to mid-round grades." Benkert has thrown for 1,806 yards (62.3% completions) with a 15/4 TD/INT ratio in seven games as he's helped the Cavaliers work out to a 5-2 record for the campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 25 - 5:24 PM

Virginia hired Georgia deputy athletic director Carla Williams to serve as athletic director.

Williams' hiring is a landmark one, as she becomes the first female African-American to serve as athletic director at a Power Five program. She had been with Georgia for 13 years prior to being hired over by the Cavaliers. UVA president-elect Jim Ryan said in a statement, "She is exceedingly well-prepared for this role, but more than that, she is fiercely committed to excellence in both athletics and academics and has a track record of success in both arenas."
Source: 247Sports
Oct 22 - 1:44 PM

Virginia junior WR Olamide Zaccheaus caught six passes for 57 yards in Saturday's 41-10 loss to Boston College.

Zaccheaus led the team in receptions and receiving yardage, but there was really nothing doing for the Cavaliers in this one. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound junior had gone over 65 yards receiving in four of six contests prior to being quieted on Saturday. Pitt shows next on Virginia's schedule as they look to improve to 6-2 and achieve bowl eligibility.
Oct 21 - 5:21 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert is "now receiving some early- to mid-round grades around the league."

"Expect Benkert to be invited to a major postseason All-Star game (Senior Bowl?) as well as the combine," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Benkert has flown up draft boards this fall after entering the campaign with zero NFL hype. In a similar vein to Pauline's report, NFL Media's Chad Reuter recently reported that Benkert "has earned mid-round grades."
Oct 20 - 1:44 PM

Virginia redshirt sophomore WR Warren Craft (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Boston College.

Just what Craft is dealing with is currently unknown. In three games this season, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound redshirt sophomore has caught five passes for 55 yards. He was held out of spring practice due to foot and shoulder injuries sustained last autumn.
Oct 19 - 2:21 PM

Virginia junior WR Olamide Zaccheaus caught five balls for 100 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 20-14 victory over UNC.

He also had 14 yards rushing. This was his second 100-yard receiving game of the campaign, and he's chipped in 130 rushing yards. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound Zaccheaus is a pivotal chess piece in Virginia's efficient, quick-hitting passing gane.
Oct 14 - 6:36 PM

Virginia junior WR Olamide Zaccheaus caught eight passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-21 win over Duke.

A Swiss Army Knife, the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Zaccheaus has proven a pest to opponents in the slot, on the outside and as a runner this year. He owns a 38-348-3 line as a receiver, and he's also rushed for 117 yards and another score.
Oct 7 - 4:02 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert completed 24-of-43 passes for 182 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 28-21 win over Duke.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Benkert has now thrown three touchdown passes in four of Virginia's five games this year. He's been a key part of the Cavs' resurgence, posting a 13/3 TD/INT rate during the school's blistering 4-1 start. NFL Media's Chad Reuter recently reported that Benkert "has earned mid-round grades."
Oct 7 - 3:58 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert "has earned mid-round grades with his play so far," writes NFL Media's Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Benkert is 115-of-174 (66 percent) passing for 1,249 yards and a 10/1 TD/INT rate thus far. Per Reuter, Benkert has shown scouts "starter traits with toughness in the pocket, touch over the top, and the timing and accuracy to move the team in the short passing game." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote recently that Benkert has "next level size, sold arm strength and enough accuracy to potentially slide into the late rounds then make a roster as the third quarterback on a depth chart."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 3 - 1:01 PM


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