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Virginia received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 ATH Antonio Clary.

Clary (6'3/208) had offers on the table from Washington State, Georgia Tech, Duke and USF, among others. He opted to throw his lot in with the Cavaliers following a weekend visit to Charlottesville. While he's viewed as a pure "athlete" in terms of position, the expectation is that Clary will play safety at UVA. His versatility could allow him to see time at nickle and corner depending on what's needed, though. Virginia is now up to four pledges for the 2019 cycle.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 9 - 6:07 PM

Virginia assistant Ricky Brumfield will serve as special teams coordinator.

Virginia hired Brumfield over the winter to fill the NCAA's newly allotted slot for a 10th on-field coach. He spent the previous two seasons working at UTSA as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. His only other FBS coaching stop came with Western Kentucky (2013-15),
Apr 6 - 2:37 PM

The Chargers put Virginia WR Andre Levrone through a private workout.

We wonder if Kurt Benkert was involved. Levrone is receiving a bit of interest, and at 6-foot-2 and nearly 220 pounds, he certainly offers uncommon size at the position. Levrone's best highlights showcased his ability to create a sliver of separation and win contested situations, specifically bucket catches.
Mar 27 - 10:32 AM

Virginia HC Bronco Mendenhall installed redshirt junior QB Bryce Perkins as the starter to begin spring practice.

That doesn't mean that Perkins will be the Cavs' starter -- only that he'll begin spring sessions with the 1s. "You have to start somewhere on Day 1. But I would stay tuned," Mendenhall said. Brennan Armstrong and Lindell Stone are Perkins' competitors. An Arizona State grad transfer, Perkins is compared by Mendenhall to the coach's former BYU QB Taysom Hill "in terms of athleticism and style of play. ... Not identical. That's the closest comparison."
Mar 25 - 3:24 PM

Virginia WR Andre Levrone will complete a private workout for the Bengals on Monday.

Levrone produced a career final season at Virginia, posting 34 catches for 689 yards and seven touchdowns. He was not invited to the NFL Combine, and Levrone is likely a long shot to be drafted. Some teams use these private workouts or visits as pitches to get in early on undrafted free agents. Aaron Wilson reports Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt are conducting the workout.
Mar 12 - 11:21 AM

An AFC team regional scout said that Virginia DE Andrew Brown's athletic deficiencies will be a hurdle to a Day 2 selection.

"[Brown] will give you everything he's got and he's got good size so he has a chance," the evaluator said. "But if you can't rush at all and you aren't a very good athlete, then you go way down the pecking order on our draft board." The 6-foot-4, 296-pounder's lack of pure athleticism showed out during his combine work, with Three Sigma Athlete working out a composite testing score in just the 26th percentile of NFL athletes. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein stamps Brown with a grade for Rounds 6-7 for the spring draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 8 - 5:33 PM

An NFC team personnel director said that Virginia S Quin Blanding is "not a game-changer type in the box."

The personnel director notes that Blanding's size at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds is a "big plus," but referred to him as slow -- his 40-yard dash time of 4.63 seconds would back that up -- and believes that the Virginia defender will end up drafted lower than his projection among most media members and fans. Zierlein currently stamps Blanding with a grade for Rounds 5-6.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 7:43 PM

An NFC team director of scouting said that there's "almost no in-between" with Virginia QB Kurt Benkert.

"It's either a big-armed throw that whistles in there between defenders or it's something stupid that turns into an interception or near interception," the director of scouting explained. While he did say that he is a fan of the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder's arm, he also acknowledged that it's hard to trust a player with Benkert's tendencies. At best, we view the Virginia gunslinger as a late Day 3 project.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 4:36 PM

Former Ohio State redshirt senior DL Dylan Thompson has transferred to Virginia.

Because Thompson transferred as a graduate, he'll be immediately eligible to play for the Cavaliers in 2018. A former three-star commitment, Thompson was not on scholarship last season for the Buckeyes, and he's lost time due to academic issues as well as a knee injury sustained during his freshman year. He should be able to provide some depth in the Virginia defensive line rotation.
Feb 26 - 12:23 PM

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

Ohio State redshirt senior DL Dylan Thompson will transfer as a graduate.

Thompson (6'5/275) was a three-star recruit in Ohio State's 2014 class. His career was slow to boot on several fronts, as he was forced to take a redshirt during his inaugural year with the Buckeyes due to a knee injury. He also later sat out the 2016 campaign due to his academic standing. For his OSU career, Thompson finished with a mere three tackles. Moving on as a graduate, he'll be eligible to play immediately with his new program-to-be come the start of the 2018 season.
Feb 6 - 12:12 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


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