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Virginia RB Taquan Mizzell rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Fantastic work by Mizzell on Saturday, as the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder averaged 10.66 YPC for the day. This past season, the Virginia standout rushed for 940 yards (5.0 YPC) and five touchdowns while catching 52 passes for 404 yards and two additional scores. He hauled in a total of 195 passes during his Cavaliers career and should he land at the pro level this spring, it is that kind of receiving ability which would make him a palatable third-down option for a needy team. He might have to find his way as a street free agent, though. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline does not see Mizzell being drafted at this juncture.
Jan 21 - 7:31 PM

Maryland and Virginia will play a home-and-home series in the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

Maryland will field first hosting honors, with the Cavaliers coming to town on September 26, 2023. Virginia will return the favor on September 14, 2024. This clash has been played out plenty of times in the past. 78, to be exact. Maryland leads the series 44-32-2. The teams last played in 2013, before the Terps joined the Big Ten.
Jan 12 - 5:12 PM

Virginia junior S Quin Blanding will return for his final season of collegiate eligibility in 2017.

Blanding has been one of the most consistent safeties in all the land during his time with the Cavaliers. This past season, the junior registered 118 tackles (2.0 for loss) and a pair of interceptions. Those numbers are right in line with what he had done the previous two campaigns -- he posted 115 tackles in 2015 and 123 in 2014, picking off a combined four passes over the course of those two seasons. What makes this statistical output even more impressive is that he has been able to keep his motivation despite Virginia's dreadful 11-25 record over the past three years.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 04:53:00 PM

Virginia senior RB Taquan Mizzell rushed for 113 yards on 22 carries in Saturday's blowout loss to Virginia Tech.

Saturday's fine effort in a lost (very lost) cause stands as Mizzell's third 100-yard showing for the 2016 campaign. As the Cavaliers finish out the campaign at just 2-10, there will be no chance at bowl glory for the 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior. He finishes his 2016 season out having rushed for 940 yards and five touchdowns.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 03:48:00 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Matt Johns will start against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Johns takes over for an ineffective Kurt Benkert. The veteran signal-caller has seen only limited work this season, completing 5-of-9 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in three games. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder threw for 2,810 yards with a 20/17 TD/INT ratio over the course of 12 games last season.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 12:53:00 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert will not start against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Matt Johns draws the starting assignment in Benkert's place. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Benkert's overall numbers are respectable enough -- he has thrown for 2,430 yards with a 20/11 TD/INT ratio in 10 games -- but he has struggled by degrees of late, failing to throw for more than 200 yards in either of his last two games. Benkert holds a 3/2 TD/INT ratio in that space.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Virginia senior RB Taquan Mizzell rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Saturday's loss to Miami.

Mizzell also caught three passes for 27 yards. A year ago, the then-junior Cavalier finished the season with a whopping 75 catches in 12 games. He will be falling well short of that hearty number in 2016, as the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder has a still-strong (but more modest) 45 catches through 10 games. As a pure runner, he has rushed for 696 yards and five touchdowns.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 05:35:00 PM

Virginia redshirt junior ILB Micah Kiser is a "prototypical 3-4 linebacker prospect," according to NFL Media Draft analyst Chad Reuter.

In the Cavs' near-upset against Louisville on Saturday, "Kiser showed his ability to handle coverage duties, play the run, and bring down the quarterback on A-gap blitzes," Reuter wrote. "Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is very athletic, yet Kiser was able to change direction quickly enough within the pocket to drag the Heisman favorite down twice. It was another excellent performance for Kiser, who is having an all-conference season." Kiser, the Cavs' leading tackler, had 14 tackles against the Cardinals.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 04:32:00 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks says Virginia junior S Quin Blanding is "is the new prototype at the position as a rangy playmaker with corner-like cover skills and rugged run-stopping ability."

"He plays like a Tasmanian Devil near the box, exhibiting outstanding instincts, awareness and athleticism chasing down runners from sideline to sideline," Brooks wrote. Blanding is coming off a 13-tackle (one TFL) performance against North Carolina on Saturday in a 35-14 loss. "Although the number of tackles is certainly impressive, I was blown away with his hustle and effort in a blowout loss," Brooks wrote. "In a game where many players, particularly top prospects, would shut it down, Blanding's intensity and play speaks volumes about his fire and desire as a playmaker."
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 06:54:00 PM

Virginia senior RB Taquan Mizzell rushed 19 times for 106 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort Saturday against North Carolina.

The 106 yards were a campaign high, and Mizzell added seven catches for 25 yards to them. Mizzell has logged 461 yards on the ground this year.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 12:17:00 PM

Virginia sophomore WR Olamide Zaccheaus hauled in three passes for 83 yards and a touchdown Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Not surprisingly, Zaccheaus has quickly established himself as a favorite target of new starting quarterback Kurt Benkert. The 5-foot-8, 185-pounder has a 29-423-5 line, each of those totals a new career-high.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 06:22:00 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert completed 20-of-45 passes for 278 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 45-31 loss to Pittsburgh.

Not much doing here for Benkert, but he did have one huge pass, connecting with Olamide Zaccheaus on a 74-yard touchdown in the closing minutes of the first quarter. That would be his only scoring pass of the game. Despite this lackluster showing, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Benkert has put in a fine season overall and has thrown for at least two touchdowns in four of six contests.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 04:29:00 PM

Virginia senior RB Taquan Mizzell rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in Saturday's 45-31 loss to Pittsburgh.

Almost half of that yardage came on 44-yard touchdown scamper near the end of the first quarter. Mizzell's 95 yards on the ground marked a season high for the 5-foot-10, 195-pound senior. While his rushing totals on the whole -- 355 yards, three touchdowns -- are underwhelming, he continues to hold limited value in PPR leagues. He has caught at least three passes in five of six games and has logged 24 catches overall.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 04:24:00 PM

Virginia senior RB Taquan Mizzell rushed for 60 yards on 14 carries in Saturday's 34-20 win over Duke.

Mizzell's long run went for 19 yards. While he has showed signs of life on the ground of late, the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder is off to a slow start for the 2016 season. He has been held under 70 yards rushing in four of five games. Overall, Mizzell has picked his way to 260 yards and two touchdowns rushing while catching 21 passes for 171 yards.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 05:24:00 PM

Virginia redshirt senior QB Kurt Benkert completed 23-of-41 passes for 336 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 34-20 win over Duke.

Benkert threw two of his three touchdown passes in the first half. The Cavaliers held a 20-10 lead at the half and while Duke drew to within 27-20 in the fourth quarter, they were unable to surmount the lead that had been built up by Benkert and friends. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound gunslinger has tossed at least three touchdown passes in three of five games and has fired off 13 scoring passes for the season as a whole.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 05:17:00 PM


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