For most of you, it has been a very trying week. While the thought of a bowl game is pretty much out of the picture, the Hoos are focused on trying to salvage a season at or better than the previous season. While a 4-8 or 5-7 mark now might look pretty hard, there are a few games where Virginia has a fighting chance, and this week is one of those opportunities. Queue up Maryland...
The days when it was a guarantee that freshman would redshirt their first season went out the window for good, as first-year players are brought in now with the idea that you will contribute from Day One…and not just on special teams.Below is a list of the top incoming freshman that are arriving on campus to compete in fall camp. While most are the top prospects from this year’s...
Many college fantasy leagues around the country are using some type of point per reception (PPR) scoring, so it is imperative to identify the backs that will likely be heavily involved in the passing game this season. The value of fantasy studs like Dri Archer, Antonio Andrews, and De'Anthony Thomas is only increased when a PPR scoring system is in place. This article will focus...
Charlottesville, Va.-- Virginia tailback Kevin Parks will be without his partner in crime Perry Jones this next fall season. The Cavaliers playmaker talks to HooNation abut life after Jones, and how he is adjusting to the new offense.
John McLaughlin: No time for intros.
Issue #1: Different year, same problem for the Cavaliers. They enter 2013 like the previous 4, without a signal caller. Who will emerge from the group and start at quarterback? Pat Buchanan!
Pat Buchanan: Well, you have to look at the most experienced QB from a season before and that has to be Phillip Sims. Sure he didn’t have...
Here we are again. The day where we finally end all the speculation and things get real. Virginia will be contacting all those verbal commitments and having them sign their Herbie Hancock to a Letter of Intent. This year’s class comes with fanfare at the top end and depth at a few key spots, but a little marred with some huge ‘what ifs’. London & Company knew coming...
I picked a good day, yesterday, to leave my Twitter feed running. I don't do that usually, but occasionally do, and stuff kept coming across it and I just couldn't help myself. We'll just consider this morning's Louisville news an extension of a very busy Tuesday, and go from there.
The smaller news was the beginning of the coaching staff shuffle. Running backs coach...
Nothing really worked out for the Hoos this year on the gridiron. And while we will address the elephant in the room later this week, let’s take a look at the team by position, with what went down this year and what the future has in store.
This season: I should really call this section ‘Quarterbacks’ because that summed up the entire campaign this...
In three days football season will be over. Therefore nothing else is at stake, except for one thing: Screw these guys.
Date/Time: Saturday, November 24; 12:00
Record against the Hokies: 37-51-5
Last game: VT 38, UVA 0; 11/26/11, Charlottesville
Last week: UNC 37, UVA 13; VT 30, BC 23
Injury report: (pending)
-- UVA run offense vs. VT run defense
Early in the first quarter, with Virginia looking at first-and-goal from the 4-yard line, the Cavaliers executed a trick play flawlessly.
Until they didn’t.
Quarterback Phillip Sims took the snap and tossed to running back Perry Jones, who faked like he was running right only to throw the ball back to Sims wide open in the end zone. Only one problem — Sims forgot to catch the...
University of Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims reminded us why the University of Virginia is known more for their pleasant campus and lacrosse team than as a football powerhouse. On Saturday, Sims led a drive down to the four-yard line of North Carolina State. On their first down play, the Cavaliers’ coaches called for a beautifully drawn up misdirection trick play.
So a lot of things went right yesterday. Finally. Not everything went right. But finally, enough went right to cover up the mistakes. It's amazing how you create your own breaks by playing well enough to earn them. And whatever things did go wrong, 33-6 lets you ignore them. Or at least rationalize them.
Of all the impressive things from yesterday, maybe the best...
Sometimes trickery in college football can cause teams to overcompensate on defense and give the opposing offenses easy touchdowns.
During today's Virginia/North Carolina State game, Virginia appeared to have an easy touchdown on a trick play as running back Perry Jones attempted to throw the ball back to quarterback Philip Sims.
That was until Sims dropped it with no one close to him:
There is a reason why quarterbacks don't go out for passes, and Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Philip Sims showed why during this play in particular.Seen here is Sims having a classic case of butterfingers while attempting to corral a potential touchdown catch during the first quarter of Saturday's contest at N.C. State.Virginia ran the trick play to perfection before Sims...
If all had gone as it was supposed to, Virginia would either be bowl-eligible by now, or needing this one more to get there. This has not happened. The easier portion of the schedule has come and gone, and now the Hoos are staring down the barrel of a winless ACC season. That would be something of a disaster, as it would also mean a 10-loss season, and regardless of whether...
1. Florida State (5-1) Not the worst loss in the world. It's still an unfortunate one though.
2. Clemson (5-1) DeAndre Hopkins has caught at least five passes in every game this season.
3. North Carolina (4-2) Gio Bernard had a career game.
4. NC State (4-2) What a huge win for the program.
5. Duke (5-1) Ran for 182 yards against Virginia.
6. Miami (4-2) Defense is giving up...
TCU was not overly impressive when they defeated Kansas on the road this past weekend, and coughing the ball up four times will be tough to overcome when they play against tougher competition.
The Jayhawks were able to throw for 303 yards passing against that usually intimidating...
We’ve been here before. Oh, have we been here before. Most people point to the 2007 ‘Cardiac Cavs’ season when Virginia games come down to the wire. But don’t forget last season, as the Hoos were involved 6 games decided by 7 points or less. Well, in watching the 17-16 victory over Penn State, it was actually one game from each year that had me doing a double take.
Preseason Tournament: Charleston Classic
Early Departure: Perry Jones III, Quincy Miller
Preseason Tournament: Global Sports Classic (Las Vegas)
OUT: Jordan Railey (Washington State); Tavon Sledge (Iona)
Sat Out: Korie Lucious (Michigan State); Will Clyburn (Utah)
Early Departure: Royce White
Preseason Tournament: Champions Classic vs. Michigan...
The Nittany Lions suffered quite the albatross of an offseason and as expected they lost their season opener to the projected 2012 MAC champion Ohio Bobcats.
Tyler Tettleton gave them fits due to his Houdini act that he was able to pull off against a trio of Penn State defenders that are legit ball players (Jordan Hall, Michael Mauti, Gerald Hodges).
It doesn’t matter how well...
The early weeks of the season are like a rollercoaster, a high speed ride of extreme ups and downs. You have overtime wins, 84-0 blowouts, and fatal home losses to FCS schools. The fantasy season is much like that too, and sometimes you need a little luck in your corner to “survive” the opening weeks. Let the CFG staff sprinkle some luck on your fantasy line-ups.Check out the...
Alright, it's Wednesday on a football week, and that means NittanyLionsDen.com is back with another Behind Enemy Lines segment. This week we spoke with Hamilton Riley over at our Bloguin.com partner, Lambeth Field. Below we discussed offense, defense and (most importantly) the Charlottesville night scene. Enjoy!
Nittany Lions Den: I’ll admit, I don’t think too many Penn...
Not much of a story to tell this week. That's what happens when you take care of business. I think I'll just entertain you instead by talking about what I liked and didn't from Virginia's first game of the season.
-- Quarterbacks. Mike Rocco was businesslike and efficient and did nothing at all to lose his job. Phillip Sims made his eagerly-awaited...
Michael Rocco threw for 311 yards and a touchdown and Virginia beat Richmond 43-19 in the season opener for both teams Saturday.
The game marked the start of Danny Rocco's career as the Spiders' coach, but his nephew and the Cavaliers had their way pretty much all afternoon.
Rocco finished 25 for 37 with a touchdown on a short pass that Darius Jennings took 51 yards for...
Via AP on Fox
September 01, 2012
From Old Virginia previews Saturday's Virginia/Richmond matchup, and also takes a look at other ACC matchups this weekend.
Date/Time: Saturday, September 1; 3:00
Record against the Spiders: 26-2-2
Last matchup: UVA 34, UR 13; 9/4/10; Charlottesville
Last weekend: N/A
Opposing blogs: none
Injury report: none (only for ACC games)
It's easy to see...