From Prep to Pro!, EST 2001
Bookmark and Share









 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Virginia
Previous 15 Notes Next 15 Notes

  10/16/20 - Charles SnowdenSr/2021, Virginia, 6-6, 240 (DS#7 OLB) + More +

  UVa wants more production from its front seven. The three defensive linemen and four linebackers failed to record a sack against N.C. State, and Mendenhall and company expect better from the group moving forward. "That's one of our biggest things is creating havoc and having zero sacks, obviously the pass rush has to get better," linebacker Zane Zandier said. Charles Snowden and Noah Taylor are two of the most talented players on UVa's defense, and the Wahoos hope the outside linebackers show improvement in future games. They've been steady in Mendenhall's estimation, but not nearly as dynamic or impactful as they can be when playing at their best. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#7 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Charles SnowdenVirginia
News Source: Charlottesville Daily Progress
Share/Comment: Here

  10/16/20 - Brennan ArmstrongrSo/2023, Virginia, 6-1, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Starting quarterback Brennan Armstrong is day-to-day for the Cavaliers after suffering a concussion Saturday against N.C. State. There's a chance he plays Saturday, but it's no guarantee. Should he miss the game, Lindell Stone will receive the starting nod. Stone completed 30 of his 54 passes Saturday in relief of Armstrong, throwing for 240 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Mississippi State transfer Keytaon Thompson is expected to remain at wide receiver for the time being. "Very, very early on, he had a shoulder injury that was aggravated," Mendenhall said of Thompson's fall camp performance. "That really precluded him from being able to play that position effectively at that time." The Cavaliers want Thompson, who is an exceptional athlete, on the field, so he made the move to wide receiver while dealing with shoulder pain. It appears he'll remain there with Stone acting as the primary backup for the Wahoos should Armstrong miss time. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Brennan ArmstrongVirginia
News Source: Charlottesville Daily Progress
Share/Comment: Here

  10/15/20 - DAngelo AmosrSr/2021, Virginia, 6-0, 185 (DS#22 FS) + More +

  Amos struggled at times to bring down N.C. State players, allowing them to pull him for extra yards. Overall, though, he led the Wahoos with 10 tackles after stepping into a starting role with Joey Blount injured and out. The FCS transfer has shown he belongs at the Power 5 level in three games with the Wahoos. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#22 FS) rSr/2021 FS DAngelo AmosVirginia
News Source: Charlottesville Daily Progress
Share/Comment: Here

  10/10/20 - Billy Kemp IVJr/2022, Virginia, 5-09, 170 (DS#55 WR) + More +

  Billy Kemp IV practices like he plays, according to Bronco Mendenhall. That's bad news for Virginia's defensive backs. Through two games, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior is terrorizing opposing defenses. Despite being one of the smaller players on the field, Kemp IV is one of the most dynamic. He caught 10 passes for 96 yards against Clemson, following up a seven-catch, 70-yard performance against Duke to open the season. "He's been the most consistent, the most competitive and the most productive player on our roster, period," Mendenhall said. Kemp IV leads the ACC in receptions per game with 8.5. That average is good for the fourth-best mark nationally. His 83 yards per game ranks second in the conference and 24th nationally. Through two games, he's been one of the most productive receivers in college football. "His lack of size is what's challenging," senior cornerback De'Vante Cross said. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#55 WR) Jr/2022 WR Billy Kemp IVVirginia
News Source: Charlottesville Daily Progress
Share/Comment: Here

  10/09/20 - Ronnie Walker Jr.Jr/2022, Virginia, 5-11, 210 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Indiana transfer running back Ronnie Walker Jr. has yet to hear back from the NCAA on the second part of his appeal process to earn a waiver for immediate eligibility. Mendenhall believes the Virginia native, who said he joined UVa in part to be closer to his mother, deserves the waiver. Virginia's head coach remained calm, but shared his frustrations Monday with the lack of guidance from the NCAA on the situation. "It seems like our urgency is more than maybe that of who we're working with," Mendenhall said. Even without the running back, UVa's offense has performed well through two games. The Cavaliers are averaging 167.5 yards per game on the ground, up about 45 yards from last year's season average. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#999 RB) Jr/2022 RB Ronnie Walker Jr.Virginia
News Source: Charlottesville Daily Progress
Share/Comment: Here

  10/06/20 - Brennan ArmstrongrSo/2023, Virginia, 6-1, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Despite starting the game 1-for-8, Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong developed into a rhythm. He finished the game completing 24 of his 43 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns. He also tossed a pair of interceptions. On the ground, Armstrong ran hard. The quarterback carried the ball 22 times for 89 yards, showing a willingness to rush the ball to pick up first downs for the Wahoos. "I knew coming into the game, just don't be afraid to tuck and run it," Armstrong said. "I was ready mindset wise to go do that."

In just his second collegiate start, Armstrong went into Death Valley and helped guide an offensive attack to more than 400 yards. Since the start of last season, the only other quarterbacks to help an offense surpass 400 total yards against Clemson are Justin Fields of Ohio State and 2020 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow, who played collegiately at LSU. "He did amazing," Mendenhall said. "Brennan is tough mentally and physically. The stage wasn't too big, the team wasn't too good. I was really pleased with his mindset, his execution, his leadership. He did a really nice job." - Charlottesville Daily Progress


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Brennan ArmstrongVirginia
News Source: Charlottesville Daily Progress
Share/Comment: Here

  10/03/20 - Tony PoljanrSr/2021, Virginia, 6-7, 265 (DS#3 TE) + More +

  Tight end Tony Poljan, who also stands at 6-7, caught four passes for 44 yards, including a 14-yard reception on a third down in the fourth quarter. The reception extended the drive, which resulted in a touchdown to Davis Jr. on the next play. Poljan, who played quarterback at the beginning of his collegiate career, says there's major room for improvement in his route running. He's studied current Las Vegas Raiders tight end and former Dallas Cowboys great Jason Witten since making the positional switch, and he's hoping to run routes more efficiently as Virginia's season progresses. Through one week, however, the graduate transfer tight end from Central Michigan has seamlessly integrated into the offense. "I would say since we have had a longer time to practice than normal due to the virus that chemistry is there more," Poljan said. "I would say it's just one of those things that take a lot of practice and a lot of repetition to be able to trust it with those third-down catches." - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#3 TE) rSr/2021 TE Tony PoljanVirginia
News Source: Charlottesville Daily Progress
Share/Comment: Here

  10/01/20 - Brennan ArmstrongrSo/2023, Virginia, 6-1, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong has only started one game in his college career, but Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has seen enough to compare him to an all-time great. Swinney said Armstrong looked like "a young Steve Young out there" last Saturday in Virginia's 38-20 win over Duke. The sophomore completed 24 of 45 passes for 269 yards against the Blue Devils, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Armstrong also rushed for 47 yards and a score. "He's a challenge. He's a problem. He's a really good player," Swinney said. "He looks like a young Steve Young out there. Lefty, crafty, creative, extends plays, tough runner, really good size, accurate thrower, really has no fear. Puts the ball up and trusts his guys to make competitive plays."

Young, a three-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer, was named the NFL MVP in 1992 and 1994. He starred at BYU before beginning his NFL career and is also in the College Football Hall of Fame. Armstrong will obviously have a tough time reaching any of those accolades, but Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables echoed Swinney in stating that he was impressive in his first start. "I thought Armstrong really had a lot of poise and managed the game well and played really big when they needed him to," Venables said of the 6-foot-2, 215 pounder. "He's a tough guy to emulate, just his sheer size. He's a big athlete back there that can throw it and run it both, so a tough guy to emulate to say the least." - The State


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Brennan ArmstrongVirginia
News Source: The State
Share/Comment: Here

  10/01/20 - Zane ZandierSr/2021, Virginia, 6-2, 230 (DS#10 ILB) + More +

  Virginia did a great job against Brice, who Dabo Swinney said would play in the NFL one day when Brice was at Clemson. The Blue Devils held Brice to 16 of 36 passing (44.4 percent) and picked him off four times. Clemson has more offensive talent than Duke, and Trevor Lawrence is considered by most to be the best QB in the country. Still, you can bet the performance of Virginia's secondary against Brice and Duke has the Tigers' attention. - The State

(DS#10 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Zane ZandierVirginia
News Source: The State
Share/Comment: Here

  09/30/20 - Lavel Davis Jr.Fr/2024, Virginia, 6-6, 210 (DS#15 WR) + More +

  After an impressive showing against Duke, freshman wide receiver Lavel Davis Jr. and senior linebacker Zane Zandier received honors from the ACC on Monday. Davis Jr. earned both ACC Receiver of the Week and ACC Rookie of the Week accolades. The 6-foot-7 freshman hauled in four receptions for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He led the Cavaliers in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns against Duke. Asked during a media session Monday what makes Davis Jr. tough to cover, senior cornerback Nick Grant offered a perfect description of why the freshman presents a major matchup problem. "Other than he's 6'7"?" Grant asked with a smile. Davis Jr. used his size well against Duke, and he's used it well in practice. Coaches and defensive backs heap praise onto the newcomer. "He makes circus catches all the time," Grant said. "I mean if he's in the back of the end zone, the ball is his. You might as well just count it to him. He jumps out the gym, and he's already 6-7, so it's very hard." - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#15 WR) Fr/2024 WR Lavel Davis Jr.Virginia
News Source: Charlottesville Daily Progress
Share/Comment: Here

  09/29/20 - DAngelo AmosrSr/2021, Virginia, 6-0, 185 (DS#22 FS) + More +

  A few newcomers made significant contributions in their first games as Virginia Cavaliers. James Madison transfer D'Angelo Amos came up with a diving first-half interception. The safety finished the game with seven tackles in addition to the interception. "I actually thought he undercut too soon and the ball was gonna go over him for a touchdown," Mendenhall said of Amos' interception. "Just proved I'm wrong maybe more often than not, but it was an amazing play." Fellow JMU transfer Adeeb Atariwa worked into the defensive line rotation and added two tackles. Central Michigan transfer tight end Tony Poljan was a reliable target over the middle, securing four receptions for 44 yards. Towson transfer Shane Simpson caught a pair of balls for 11 yards while also carrying the rock eight times for 36 yards. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#22 FS) rSr/2021 FS DAngelo AmosVirginia
News Source: Charlottesville Daily Progress
Share/Comment: Here

  09/29/20 - Brennan ArmstrongrSo/2023, Virginia, 6-1, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The Brennan Armstrong era at Virginia began Saturday. It went how you might expect a redshirt sophomore's first college start to go. Throughout the night, the left-handed quarterback had highs and lows. He completed 24 of his 45 passes for 269 yards. He found freshman wide receiver Lavel Davis Jr. for two touchdowns, but he also tossed two interceptions. On the ground, Armstrong showcased quickness and a willingness to lower his shoulder. He turned 10 carries into 47 yards and a touchdown. Armstrong's debut ended with a victory, and he showcased raw talent, but there's plenty to work on ahead of next week. "He's tough, he's competitive and he's resilient," Mendenhall said. "It was a slow start. Momentum was being generated with every repetition and there's lessons that were being learned the whole step of the way." - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Brennan ArmstrongVirginia
News Source: Charlottesville Daily Progress
Share/Comment: Here

  09/28/20 - Zane ZandierSr/2021, Virginia, 6-2, 230 (DS#10 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 28 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Zane Zandier, Virginia, Sr., ILB, Pittsburgh, Pa.,...Notched a career-high 15 tackles to lead a solid defensive effort in Saturday's 38-20 win over visiting Duke...The Cavaliers picked off five Duke passes (tying a school record), recovered two fumbles and piled up five sacks...Zandier's tackle total was the most by an ACC player this season..."ZZ Stop" also had two tackles for loss and broke up a pass as UVA limited Duke to 56 rushing yards...Zandier's previous tackling high was 10 against Ohio in 2018. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#10 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Zane ZandierVirginia
News Source: Atlantic Coast Conference Football
Share/Comment: Here

  09/28/20 - Lavel Davis Jr.Fr/2024, Virginia, 6-6, 210 (DS#15 WR) + More +

  SEPT 28 ACC RECEIVER/ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Lavel Davis Jr., Virginia, Fr., WR, Dorchester, S.C.,...Playing in his first collegiate game, the true freshman finished with four receptions for 101 yards, highlighted by his first two career touchdown receptions in the fourth quarter...His first TD catch covered 18 yards, and his second completed a 26-yard play...Davis' 101 reception yards marked a school record for a Cavalier making his collegiate debut. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#15 WR) Fr/2024 WR Lavel Davis Jr.Virginia
News Source: Atlantic Coast Conference Football
Share/Comment: Here

  09/26/20 - Brennan ArmstrongrSo/2023, Virginia, 6-1, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Brennan Armstrong and Lavel Davis Jr. teamed up on a pair of early fourth-quarter touchdown passes and Virginia rallied past Duke, 38-20, on Saturday night. Armstrong hit Davis, a freshman, on an 18-yard fade route in the left corner of the end zone to give the Cavaliers (1-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 24-20 lead. After Joey Blount's interception, he hit him for 26 yards, with Davis pulling away from two Duke defenders about eight yards from the end zone and powering his way in. The Blue Devils (0-3, 0-3), whose games have all come in the season debut of their opponent, turned the ball over seven times after hurting their cause with five turnovers last week in a loss to Boston College.

Their start is their worst since the 2010 team lost its first six games. Wayne Taulapapa ran for a pair of touchdown for the Cavaliers, including a 10-yard burst with about 5 minutes left that put the game away. It came after Duke backup quarterback Gunnar Holmberg fumbled the ball on a fourth-and-1 play from the Blue Devils' 29. Armstrong finished 24 for 45 for 269 yards in his first career start with two interceptions. Taulapapa gained 95 yards, a career-high, on 16 carries. The Cavaliers have now won six straight in the series. - AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Brennan ArmstrongVirginia
News Source: AP College Football
Share/Comment: Here

Previous 15 Notes Next 15 Notes


 BACK TO TOP

 Buy Draft Scout


** Draft Scout Data **

(Everything Online PLUS)

 Support Draft Scout

The Database Engine for NFLDraftScout.com, Draft Scout is being repurposed...Support the Future Development of ScoutNation.com...

 




 Draft Scout Archives


** 2010-2019 Draft Scout Archives **

(Yearly Player Data Exports, Prospect Lists & More)

 Draft Scout Future

100% Dedicated and Never Done
80% Innovated
45% Hidden
35% Built

Synergization