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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.
Nov 26 - 3:48 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.
Nov 14 - 12:53 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.
Nov 14 - 12:40 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.
Nov 12 - 5:35 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.
Nov 2 - 4:32 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
Oct 27 - 6:54 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.
Oct 23 - 12:17 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.
Oct 19 - 6:22 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.
Oct 15 - 4:29 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.
Oct 15 - 4:24 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.
Oct 1 - 5:24 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.
Oct 1 - 5:17 PM

Virginia senior RB Taquan Mizzell rushed for 66 yards on 11 carries while catching six passes for 40 yards in Saturday's 13-10 loss to UConn.

Mizzell wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire -- to be clear, nobody was lighting the world on fire in this game -- but his work as a receiver helped to buoy what was a relatively quiet rushing day. For the season as a whole, the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder is averaging 4.3 YPC. Saturday's game was his first of the season with more than 50 yards rushing.
Sep 17 - 5:02 PM

Virginia sophomore WR Olamide Zaccheaus had five catches for 75 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 37-20 loss to Richmond.

It was nice to see Zaccheaus play well after he suffered through a hamstring injury at the end of camp. The same can't be said for his teammates. This was a humiliating home loss for HC Bronco Mendenhall in his Cavaliers debut. And with a road trip to Oregon on deck, there's more demoralizing to come.
Sep 3 - 6:52 PM

Virginia RB coach Mark Atuaia indicated that the team will likely be using a rotation of at least four running backs.

The big dog in the Virginia backfield is Taquan Mizzell, but even Mizzell could probably use a breather every now and then. The Cavaliers have plenty of fine young gentlemen to serve as compliments to Mizzell, with RB coach Mark Atuaia ticking off the names of Daniel Hamm, Albert Reid and Jordan Ellis. "We go really fast and there has to be a lot of things," Atuaia said. "What happens when you go really fast, if you’re able to convert, a lot of drives are sustained. So I’m going to need all of them."
Aug 27 - 4:07 PM


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