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  04/04/21 - Noah TaylorJr/2022, Virginia, 6-4, 225 (DS#18 OLB) + More +

  Even with two stars departing, UVa likes the players who may slide into starting roles this season. Two obvious projected starters are senior Noah Taylor and junior Nick Jackson. Taylor, an outside linebacker, dealt with a back injury last season that hampered his ability. He still finished with 44 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, in nine games. The NFL prospect feels healthy as the team begins spring practices. "I feel a lot better, and I've just been waiting to get to this point where I'm starting to feel a lot better just so I can go out there and perform the way that I know I can and the coaches know I can," Taylor said. "I've definitely gotten a lot better, and I'm very excited to see the improvement." With Taylor healthy outside, Jackson fills a role inside. He's a physical presence, leading Virginia with 105 tackles in 2021. Jackson earned third team All-ACC honors last fall. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#18 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Noah TaylorVirginia
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  04/02/21 - Billy Kemp IVJr/2022, Virginia, 5-09, 170 (DS#32 WR) + More +

  With a returning starter at quarterback and five players back who caught a touchdown pass last year, there's reason to believe Virginia's passing game could take a sizeable step up this football season. But Tuesday, for the team's first practice of the spring, the offense had a simpler, humbler goal. "We just wanted to come out here and keep the ball off the ground," said senior Billy Kemp IV. That's a fine target for Day 1, but going forward Kemp said the Cavaliers' aim will be more than just catching the football. They hope to produce more big plays in the throw game.

Last season, UVa turned in 34 passing plays that went for 20 yards or longer, the 10th most in the ACC. Virginia ranked seventh in the league in passing offense last season, averaging 260.6 yards per game through the air as it went 5-5. Its 22 passing touchdowns were the sixth most in the league. With junior left-hander Brennan Armstrong back at quarterback and a host of potentially explosive targets, led by Kemp, sophomore Lavel Davis Jr. and senior Ra'Shaun Henry, all returning, UVa figures to be more effective through the air, despite the losses of three of the team's top five pass catchers. - Roanoke Times


(DS#32 WR) Jr/2022 WR Billy Kemp IVVirginia
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  03/25/21 - Shane SimpsonrSr/2021, Virginia, 5-08, 198 (DS#43 RB) + More +

  For every rep performed by former Virginia running back Shane Simpson on the bench press at the Cavaliers' Pro Day on Wednesday, he won't just be helping his NFL Draft stock, he'll be helping those battling rare diseases. The Towson transfer turned Virginia tailback joined forces with Uplifting Athletes ahead of his Pro Day. He's participating in the 2021 Reps for Rare Diseases campaign. Supporters can pledge a donation based on how many bench press reps Simpson records at Pro Day, and all proceeds will go to Uplifting Athletes, a charitable organization that raises money for rare disease research and awareness. Simpson learned of the organization this offseason and felt it would be a good one to support on Pro Day. "I wanted to do something that was bigger than myself and bigger than football," Simpson said. "Trying to give back in some way." - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#43 RB) rSr/2021 RB Shane SimpsonVirginia
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  12/31/20 - Nick JacksonSo/2023, Virginia, 6-0, 235 (DS#6 ILB) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): LB - Nick Jackson, Virginia, 60,...Jackson made 105 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 2020. He is No. 2 in the ACC and No. 17 in the nation with 10.5 tackles per game. Jackson led the ACC in tackles for the majority of the season. Jackson is the only player in the nation with 95+ tackles, 5.0 TFLs, 2.5+ sacks and 2+ passes defended and the only player in the ACC with 100+ tackles through his first 10 games of the season. - Virginia Football

(DS#6 ILB) So/2023 ILB Nick JacksonVirginia
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  12/31/20 - Charles SnowdenSr/2021, Virginia, 6-6, 243 (DS#16 OLB) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): LB - Charles Snowden, Virginia, 67,...Snowden posted 44 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks over eight games. He is No. 9 in the nation and No. 2 in the ACC among linebackers with 6.0 sacks. Snowden is one of two players in the nation with 44+ tackles, 10+ TFLs, 6.0+ sacks and 3+ pass breakups despite missing 2+ games with a season-ending injury in the first quarter of game No. 8. Snowden had a 2020 FBS single-game best 4.0 sacks against No. 15 North Carolina. He was named ACC Linebacker of the Week for his efforts against UNC. It was the most single-game sacks in program history since 1996. All four sacks were solo. - Virginia Football

(DS#16 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Charles SnowdenVirginia
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  12/31/20 - Zane ZandierSr/2021, Virginia, 6-3, 228 (DS#18 ILB) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): LB - Zane Zandier, Virginia, 20,...Zandier notched 79 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 2020. He is No. 8 in ACC with 7.9 tackles per game and is one of five ACC players with 75+ tackles, 7.0+ TFLs, 2.0+ sacks and 1+ passes defended. Zandier was named ACC Linebacker of the Week after notching 15 tackles in a season-opening win over Duke. - Virginia Football

(DS#18 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Zane ZandierVirginia
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  12/31/20 - Chris GlaserrSr/2022, Virginia, 6-3, 305 (DS#97 OG) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): OG - Chris Glaser, Virginia, 31,...Glaser started all 10 games of 2020 at right guard. He is part of an offensive line that ranks No. 1 in the ACC and No. 12 in the nation in tackles for loss allowed (4.2), while also ranking No. 2 in the ACC with 2.0 sacks allowed a game. Glaser allowed only one sack and had 20 pancake blocks in one-on-one blocking situations for the Cavaliers in nine ACC games. - Virginia Football

(DS#97 OG) rSr/2022 OG Chris GlaserVirginia
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  12/31/20 - Billy Kemp IVJr/2022, Virginia, 5-09, 170 (DS#32 WR) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): WR - Billy Kemp, Virginia, 23,...Kemp led UVA with 67 receptions and 644 receiving yards. He is No. 2 in the ACC and No. 17 in the nation with 6.7 receptions per game. Kemp leads the ACC in games with 10+ catches at two and ranks No. 12 in the ACC and No. 85 nationally with 64.4 receiving yards per game. - Virginia Football

(DS#32 WR) Jr/2022 WR Billy Kemp IVVirginia
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  12/27/20 - Jelani WoodsrJr/2022, Virginia, 6-6, 275 (DS#53 TE) + More +

  After finding tremendous success in the form of transfer tight end Tony Poljan, Bronco Mendenhall and the Virginia football team went back to the portal to fill a need at the same position. Jelani Woods, a 6-foot-7, 275-pound tight end from Oklahoma State, announced Thursday night that he's headed to UVa after four seasons with the Cowboys. He just wrapped up his redshirt junior season and has two years of potential eligibility remaining. Woods caught 31 passes for 361 yards and four touchdowns during his time at Oklahoma State. This season, he caught eight passes for 129 yards and one touchdown. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#53 TE) rJr/2022 TE Jelani WoodsVirginia
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  12/24/20 - Anthony JohnsonrJr/2022, Virginia, 6-0, 206 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Former Louisville cornerback Anthony Johnson announced on Monday night his intention to transfer to Virginia. He's expected to join the program as a graduate transfer. Johnson played in 32 games over his Louisville career, finishing with 43 tackles and four tackles for loss. He also defended 15 passes, forced three fumbles and intercepted two passes. The newcomer joins an experienced UVa secondary next fall. The Cavaliers return cornerbacks Nick Grant and De'Vante Cross. Safety Joey Blount will also return next fall. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2022 CB Anthony JohnsonVirginia
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  12/23/20 - Charles SnowdenSr/2021, Virginia, 6-6, 243 (DS#16 OLB) + More +

  Charles Snowden, a lightly recruited prospect who turned into an impact player at Virginia, has elected to pass up his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the 2021 NFL Draft. Snowden suffered a broken ankle against Abilene Christian in UVa's eighth game of the season and was unable to play in the Cavaliers' final two games. "To coach [Bronco] Mendenhall and his coaching staff, thank you for giving me an opportunity," Snowden, one of the team captains, said on Twitter. "They took a chance on me, a basketball player with zero football offers and pushed me well beyond what I was capable of." Charles Snowden's father, Chuck, confirmed that his son completed his graduation requirements in 3 1/2 semesters, including summer work. Although Charles Snowden had played in four seasons, the NCAA has granted all fall sports athletes an extra year of eligibility because of the coronavirus pandemic, no matter how much or how little they play this school year. - Roanoke Times

(DS#16 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Charles SnowdenVirginia
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  12/23/20 - Jelani WoodsrJr/2022, Virginia, 6-6, 275 (DS#53 TE) + More +

  Oklahoma State will be down one tight end for the Cheez-It Bowl. Redshirt junior Jelani Woods has entered the transfer portal, as first reported by GoPokes.com. The 6-foot-7, 275-pound Woods had 361 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 31 receptions over three seasons since converting from quarterback. Woods is the second scholarship player to enter the portal since the end of the regular season, along with reserve offensive lineman Trent Pullen. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#53 TE) rJr/2022 TE Jelani WoodsVirginia
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  12/21/20 - Joey BlountrSr/2022, Virginia, 6-0, 205 (DS#11 FS) + More +

  Virginia's Fralin Family Head Football Coach Bronco Mendenhall announced today (Dec. 21) that nine fourth-and fifth-year Cavaliers will return to the roster for the 2021 season. The group of players includes - DE Mandy Alonso, DE Adeeb Atariwa, FS Joey Blount, OLB Elliott Brown, CB De'Vante Cross, OG Chris Glaser, CB Nick Grant, WR Ra'Shaun Henry and OT Ryan Nelson. Eight of the nine players have already completed their undergraduate degrees. By the end of spring semester, all nine will have earned their undergraduate degrees.

Blount (Atlanta, Ga.) started all five games he appeared in during the 2020 season. Battling an injury that forced him to miss five games, Blount finished with 25 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one interception and two pass breakups. A 2020 Campbell Trophy semifinalist, Blount has appeared in 43 career games with 219 career tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and six interceptions. Blount graduated last summer (three years) with a degree in inter-American studies. He is working on a master's degree in education. - Virginia Football


(DS#11 FS) rSr/2022 FS Joey BlountVirginia
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  12/20/20 - Charles SnowdenSr/2021, Virginia, 6-6, 243 (DS#16 OLB) + More +

  University of Virginia senior linebacker Charles Snowden has decided to forgo his last season of eligibility and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. The Silver Spring, Maryland native made the announcement via Twitter on Sunday afternoon. Snowden played in five games this season, tallying 30 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 3 pass break ups. His season ended after breaking his ankle during the Abilene Christian game. During his career, Snowden exhibited unrivaled leadership ability which led to him being named a captain and top defensive player for the Cavaliers. He ends his college career having played in 42 games with 10 sacks and 2 sacks. - WSLS TV 10 News

(DS#16 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Charles SnowdenVirginia
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  12/20/20 - Jelani WoodsrJr/2022, Virginia, 6-6, 275 (DS#53 TE) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: Jelani Woods (TE),...Several other Cowboys were named honorable mention, including Calvin Bundage (LB), Logan Carter (FB), Trace Ford (DL), Alex Hale (PK; Special Teams Player of the Year), Dezmon Jackson (Offensive Newcomer of the Year), Tyler Lacy (DL), Ogbongbemiga (Defensive Player of the Year), Spencer Sanders (QB), Ry Schneider (OL), Josh Sills (OL), Tre Sterling (DB), Dillon Stoner (WR, KR/PR) and Jelani Woods (TE). - Oklahoma State Football

(DS#53 TE) rJr/2022 TE Jelani WoodsVirginia
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