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Virginia sophomore S Quin Blanding is "a hard hitter with range in coverage, and he likely has a bright NFL future," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The draft analyst ranks Blanding as the No. 4 safety in the land. "With fellow safety Anthony Harris gone, Blanding is now the unquestioned star of the defense, a unit that looked really good at times last year," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Blanding, a five-star recruit, started all 12 games as a true freshman and led the team with 123 tackles, chipping in three interceptions and six pass breakups.
Jun 29 - 9:17 PM

Per Sports on Earth's Matt Brown, Virginia senior CB Maurice Canady "brings nice athleticism and ball skills to the position, although he could stand to be a bit more physical."

"The Cavaliers had impressive talent in their secondary last year, and while safety Anthony Harris is gone, they'll still return the terrific combination of Canady at corner and Quin Blanding at safety," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior started all 12 games last year, posting 12 pass breakups, three interceptions, a forced fumble and 37 tackles to earn second-team All-ACC honors. Brown pegs Canady as the No. 20 corner in the land.
Jun 29 - 2:43 AM

Virginia redshirt senior CB Demetrious Nicholson is a "pesky cover man with instincts and ballskills that will give him a chance at the next level," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA for one final season of eligibility in 2015 and if spring practice is any indication, Nicholson is healthy and ready to compete as a senior. He lacks elite size for the position, but is a pesky cover man with instincts and ballskills that will give him a chance at the next level. Turf toe injuries have been known to end careers so a healthy senior year is imperative for Nicholson's pro evaluation," Brugler wrote. Due to a lingering turf toe injury, Nicholson's career has taken a detour. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder earned All-American and All-Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore, but has missed 18 of the last 19 games for the Cavaliers. Moving forward, a healthy 2015 season is imperative for Nicholson's draft stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 2:47 PM

Virginia redshirt senior David Dean "plays stout and is rarely moved from his spot or put in reverse, anchoring down and occupying multiple blockers," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"He has a tough time maneuvering through the trash and doesn't have the first step burst on tape that his measureables suggest. Although he can get lost in a crowd, Dean, who will be a team captain in 2015, plays stout and is rarely moved from his spot or put in reverse, anchoring down and occupying multiple blockers," Brugler wrote. The Virginia prospect recorded 40 tackles and 8.0 tackles for loss with three pass break ups, one forced one fumble, and one sack in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 2:20 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that "NFL teams who prioritize height, confidence and speed at defensive back will be interested" in Virginia senior CB Maurice Canady.

"Canady plays with nonstop competitiveness and shows a keen awareness vs. the run, but lacks ideal strength to push through blocks and is more of a hugger than overpowering finisher. He needs technique and discipline work, but NFL teams who prioritize height, confidence and speed at defensive back will be interested in what Canady has to offer as a pro prospect," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has the ideal frame for the next level, with athleticism to match. The Virginia prospect led the team in passes defended with 15 last season and started all 12 games at corner for the Cavaliers. Canady flashes the ability to line up outside and inside with the skills to cover slot receivers. However, he'll have to show scouts that he is willing to get his hands dirty, and show that he can play physical to improve his draft stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 1:53 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter paints Virginia senior CB Maurice Canady as a polarizing top-50 prospect with work to do.

"There's a lot to like about Virginia's next cornerback prospect: He's tall (listed at 6-2), has long arms to knock away passes from receivers (12 pass breakups in 2014), and flashes hands to snatch low or high errant passes (three interceptions last year)," Reuter wrote. "However, his strength and physicality will be questioned by scouts that see his lean 185-pound frame." If you watched this year's draft, you know that the NFL is increasingly scrutinizing corners who don't have the willingness or bulk to tackle running backs or take on blockers when defending a bubble screen (Jon Gruden hammered this point repeatedly). Hopefully Canady was listening. "If he proves able to wrap up ball carriers and get them to the ground more consistently as a senior, he'll move up draft boards like tall Cavs corners Ras-I Dowling and Chris Cook did before him," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 18 - 3:23 PM

Virginia redshirt senior CB Demetrious Nicholson (toe) "has All-ACC talent if healthy," observes NFL Media.

The former top-50 prospect's career has been derailed over the past few years due to a lingering case of turf toe. After starting every game in 2011 (his true freshman season) and '12, he has played in just six games combined across the past two years. "Nicholson has excellent speed (he has been clocked as fast as 4.35 seconds in the 40) and is active and physical in run support," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 10:32 PM

Former Texas and Arizona redshirt junior QB Connor Brewer transferred to Virginia.

Brewer has already graduated, so he is eligible to play immediately. Previously, the quarterback had committed to play at Northern Arizona, but Greyson Lambert's defection to Georgia opened up a roster spot and he grabbed it. "Virginia is an excellent opportunity to continue to pursue my career and education," Brewer said. He is following in the hallowed footsteps of Tom Savage, who also played at three major programs (Rutgers, Arizona and Pittsburgh). Virginia coach Mike London figures to choose between Matt Johns and Brewer for starting duties. Brewer is a former top recruit.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 9 - 7:05 PM

NFL Media ranks Virginia HC Mike London as having the No. 2 hottest seat in college football.

He is 23-38 in five seasons with the Cavs. "London and his staff have recruited relatively well, but except for an eight-win season in 2011, his teams have underachieved. The Cavs have had four losing seasons in London's five-year tenure," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Quarterback play generally has been abysmal, and it doesn't seem as if it will be all that good this fall, either. UVa has a fertile recruiting base, especially in the Tidewater region, so this is an underrated job." London will not be on this list next season. With 15 starters returning, the Cavs are either about the break out, or they will be looking for a new coach, perhaps even during the season.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 3 - 2:25 PM

Former Maryland graduate RB Albert Reid transferred to Virginia.

Because Reid's medical hardship waiver was granted, he is both eligible to play immediately and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. The former four-star recruit ran for just 61 yards in 2014. He didn't figure to make a sudden leap up the depth chart, spurring the defection.
Jun 2 - 9:41 PM

Virginia sophomore WR Jamil Kamara will transfer.

Kamara can now transfer to an FCS program and gain immediate eligibility or go to another FBS program and sit out the 2015 season. Kamara is going to garner plenty of interest. A former four-star recruit, he was ranked as the No. 123 prospect overall in 2014 by Rivals.com. He had only one catch last year in limited action, but the 6-2, 210-pound Kamara was listed as a No. 2 receiver on the most recent depth chart.
May 31 - 8:47 PM

Virginia sophomore S Quin Blanding "is on the cusp of becoming one of college football's most recognizable defensive names," believes Jared Shanker of ESPN.

"If the Cavaliers weren't a nonfactor annually, he already might have been," the scribe cracked. The ACC's reigning defensive rookie of the year posted 123 tackles and three interceptions as a true freshman. "Blanding will take on an even bigger role as a sophomore, and his expanded duties will make him a bigger threat to shut down offenses each play," Shanker wrote. "This should be Blanding's breakout season nationally, and his numbers will reflect that."
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 9:41 PM

Virginia redshirt freshman QB Corwin "Turtle" Cutler announced he will transfer to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

The four-star member of the 2013 recruiting class never saw the field for the Cavs. He showed plenty of promise in high school, so don't be surprised if "Turtle" has a huge season in the JUCO ranks and crawls back to the sport's highest level in 2017.
May 16 - 10:49 PM

Stanford graduate TE Charlie Hopkins transferred to Virginia.

Hopkins is a former defensive lineman, and head coach Mike London already pointed to his run blocking skills as one reason for the fit. Hopkins already graduated, so he will be able to play immediately.
May 5 - 12:38 PM

Vikings signed Virginia S Anthony Harris.

Harris (6'1/183) made 35 career starts for the Cavs, tallying 11 interceptions, six tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Harris was utilized as an "interchangeable" safety in college, but lacks the body mass and tackling ability to become a consistent force in the box, missing a whopping 16 tackles as a senior. Harris will have to be a deep safety in the NFL. He does offer ideal ball skills for the position and ran a respectable 4.56 forty in Indianapolis.
May 3 - 3:56 PM


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