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  Three University of Virginia football players killed in an on-campus shooting were remembered Monday by their head coach as "all good kids." Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D'Sean Perry were juniors returning to campus from a class trip to see a play Sunday night when authorities say they were killed by a fellow student. The young men were also members of the Virginia football team, journeying through periods of transition in their careers - whether it was bouncing back from a season-ending injury, changing positions on the team or transferring in from another school. "They were all good kids," head football coach Tony Elliott said early Monday afternoon. He said he would talk about the victims "when the time is right." The shooting happened just after 10:15 p.m. Sunday as a charter bus full of students returned from seeing a play in Washington.

University President Jim Ryan said authorities did not have a "full understanding" of the motive or circumstances surrounding the shooting. Police on Monday captured a university student, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, whom they say is suspected of shooting the three football players and wounding two others. Jones had once played on the football team, but had not been a member of the team for at least a year, police said. Davis was a 6-foot-7 wide receiver from Dorchester, South Carolina. He finished the 2020 season ranked No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for average yards per reception, among many other accolades. - AP College Football


Jr/2024 WR Lavel Davis Jr.Virginia
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  Pittsburgh led Virginia 14-0 just 16 seconds into their game after Brennan Armstrong's first two passes were intercepted and returned for touchdowns. M.J. Devonshire's pick-6 went for 29 yards and Marquis Williams' for 39. It was each player's second interception return for TDs this season. The game was Pitt's first with two interception returns for TDs since Sept. 2, 2006, when Darrelle Revis and Clint Session had pick-6s against Virginia. It was a tough day for Armstrong. He was sacked eight times and finished 17 of 33 for 152 yards and a touchdown. Only two FBS quarterbacks have thrown more than Armstrong's 12 interceptions this season. - AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Brennan ArmstrongVirginia
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  OCT 31 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Nick Jackson, Virginia, LB, Atlanta, Ga.,...Keyed a stellar defensive performance by Virginia in Saturday's 14-12 overtime loss to Miami as the Cavaliers extended their streak of not allowing an offensive touchdown to eight quarters ... Made 14 tackles including one 0.5 tackle for loss ... Also credited with a pass break up ... It was his 19th career double-digit tackle ... The UVA defense held Miami to 272 yards of total offense and forced eight Hurricane punts ... That was the fewest yards of total offense for a Hurricane team since 266 versus Alabama in the 2021 season opener ... Miami had only one play in the game of more than 20 yards (23). - ACC Football

Sr/2023 ILB Nick JacksonVirginia
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  He was disappointed, but not deterred. Still, Dontayvion Wicks said he needed a pause on the heels of his underwhelming first half of the fall. "There was a lot of reflection and I knew I had to hold myself accountable," the standout Virginia wide receiver said Tuesday. The subdued feeling Wicks had earlier this month during the Cavaliers' bye week and at the midway point of their season was unfamiliar to him, especially considering he spent the previous year as one of the nation's premier pass-catchers while setting the school record for receiving yards in a campaign and having his 21.1 yards per reception top the Atlantic Coast Conference. He logged six 100-yard games, and was a key cog in the Hoos' then pass-happy offense. All he knew was success, so his struggles through transition into UVa's new balanced attack, which requires more attention to detail from its wide receivers, challenged Wicks.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, who was an All-ACC first-team selection in 2021, labored to adapt, but didn't find the same level of production or impact as he experienced the year before, and uncharacteristically, he had trouble catching the ball. "At that point we had 39 drops," Cavaliers offensive coordinator Des Kitchings said, "and I think he had a large number of those, so there [was] some self-reflection and trying to eliminate that." Said Wicks: "It was just clearing my mind, like letting everything go and putting everything behind me to just focus on what's next and having to get better. I had to not worry about what happened and what was going on. I just had to play." - Charlottesville Daily Progress


rJr/2023 WR Dontayvion WicksVirginia
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  OCT 24 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Chico Bennett, Virginia, DL, Ashburn, Va.,...The Georgia Tech transfer had a huge game in his “homecoming” to help lead the Cavaliers' 16-9 win over the Yellow Jackets on Thursday night ... Virginia's defense did not allow a touchdown, held Georgia Tech to a total of 201 yards total offense (including 55 rushing yards) and notched eight sacks as the Cavaliers defeated the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta for the first time since 2008 ... Bennett had seven total tackles and two sacks to contribute to a UVA single-game sack total that tied for the second-most in program history. - ACC Football

Sr/2023 DE Chico Bennett Jr.Virginia
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  Brennan Armstrong helped Virginia overcome a difficult start in the first quarter to account for 349 yards of total offense and help the Cavaliers snap a three-game skid with a 16-9 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night. In a matchup of the two lowest-scoring teams in the ACC, Virginia (3-4, 1-3) avoided an 0-4 start in conference play for the first time since 2014. The Cavaliers stopped a five-game losing streak on the road. Georgia Tech (3-4, 2-2) had won two straight for the first time since it had a four-game streak four years ago and was trying to move above .500 at the latest point in a season since 2018. Though Virginia's offense hardly looked spectacular, Armstrong did enough to keep the team moving while the defense stalled Georgia Tech throughout the second half. Nick Jackson and Chico Bennett Jr., a transfer from Georgia Tech, led the way with a combined eight solo stops and had four of the team's eight sacks. Jackson had a big sack on the Georgia Tech's next-to-last possession to force a fourth down and drop the Jackets back to the 48 with 1:52 remaining.

Fentrell Cypress II broke up a fourth-down pass in Virginia territory. Armstrong was 20 of 35 passing for 255 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He ran 13 times for 94 yards and a score. With quarterback Jeff Sims starting the game for Georgia Tech but sidelined in the second quarter because of an apparent left knee injury, Zach Gibson took over and led the offense to the Virginia 1. The Jackets couldn't get any farther, and Gavin Stewart kicked a 35-yard field goal that cut the lead to 13-9 at halftime. Gibson lost a fumble at the Georgia Tech 5 in the third quarter, but the Yellow Jackets' defense held when Lavel Davis dropped a touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone, and the Cavaliers settled for a 28-yard field by Will Bettridge that padded the lead to 16-9. Dontayvion Wicks caught a 44-yard TD pass, weaving through several defenders down the left sideline to put the Cavaliers up 13-6 midway through the second when Bettridge missed the extra point. Armstrong broke Matt Schaub's school record with his 57th career TD pass. - Virginia/AP College Football


rSr/2023 QB Brennan ArmstrongVirginia
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  SEPT 26 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Chico Bennett, Virginia, DL, Washington, D.C.,...Proved a constant presence in the Syracuse backfield, finishing with four tackles including two sacks in Friday night's 22-20 road loss ... Also recovered a fumble ... Led the way as UVA held the Orange rushing attack to 75 yards ... After allowing a touchdown on the game's opening drive (following a 57-yard kickoff return), the UVA defense only permitted four field goals on Syracuse's next four trips into the red zone. - ACC Football

Sr/2023 DE Chico Bennett Jr.Virginia
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  SEPT 19 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Brendan Farrell, Virginia, PK, Dunwoody, Ga.,...Made field goals from 26, 30 and 26 yards in the Cavaliers' 16-14 victory over Old Dominion...Final kick was the game-winner as time expired...It marked the first time since the 2011 season UVA won a game on the last play with a field goal...Farrell's game-winner came just after ODU had driven 80 yards to grab a 14-13 lead with just 1:01 left in the contest. - ACC Football

rSr/2023 P Brendan FarrellVirginia
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  Brennan Armstrong threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Virginia opened the Tony Elliott coaching era with a 34-17 victory against Richmond in the season-opener for both on Saturday. Armstrong hit Lavel Davis Jr. on a 56-yard touchdown for the Cavaiers' first score and Perris Jones for 11 yards to make it 34-17 early in the fourth quarter. On a career-long 64-yard scoring run in the first half, Armstrong also passed Bryce Perkins (7,910) to become Virginia's career total offense leader. Savon Smith scored on an 8-yard run and caught a 5-yard pass from Maryland transfer Reece Udinski for the Spiders' touchdowns. Richmond, of the Colonial Athletic Association and Championship Subdivision, fell to 3-30-2 in the series. Armstrong finished 21 of 33 for 246 yards and ran for 105 yards on 10 carries. Jones, who ran for 104 yards, also scored on a 15-yard run, and Mike Hollins had a 3-yard scoring burst. Virginia gained 246 passing and 259 rushing. Richmond finished with 330 yards. Armstrong reached 8,071 career yards. - Virginia/AP College Football

rSr/2023 QB Brennan ArmstrongVirginia
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  2022 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCH LIST: Brennan Armstrong, Virginia,...A top-10 finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm a year ago, Armstrong returns to the awards watch list for the 2022 season. The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games. - Virginia Football

rSr/2023 QB Brennan ArmstrongVirginia
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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 95. Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Virginia, Junior. Notable 2021 stats: 1,203 yards, 9 TDs. Last year's ranking: NR. Wicks was a big-play machine last season, catching 57 balls for 1,203 yards - an average of 21.1 yards per catch, good for fifth nationally. He was the first player since 2019 to catch 50 passes and average at least 20 yards per reception, and Wicks finished the year with 27 catches of 20 yards or more - trailing only Jordan Addison and Jaxon Smith-Njigba among Power 5 receivers. - ESPN.com

rJr/2023 WR Dontayvion WicksVirginia
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  2022 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Brennan Armstrong, Sr., Virginia,...Armstrong threw for 4,449 yards and 31 touchdowns while accumulating 4,700 yards of total offense in 2021, all UVA single season records. He averaged 404.4 yards passing per game, the most ever in a single season by a UVA quarterback and was just 145 yards shy of breaking the league's single season passing record in just 11 games played. - Virginia Football

rSr/2023 QB Brennan ArmstrongVirginia
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Chayce Chalmers, Virginia, Jr., DB,...One of six UVA student-athletes to receive the ACC Top VI Award annually given the most in terms of service to the University and Charlottesville communities...Presented with the UVA Distinguished Student-Athlete Scholarship Award, presented to a rising fourth year student-athlete who has distinguished themselves for their efforts within the athletics department and community at the Hoos Choice Awards...member of the 2021-22 ACC Academic Honor Roll. - Virginia Football

rJr/2024 SS Chayce ChalmersVirginia
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  The Virginia football team won't have running back Amaad Foston this season, after he suffered a torn ACL, but the Cavaliers did get another back in the fold Monday. Ronnie Walker, who suffered a leg injury in the spring, returned to practice Monday and is expected to be cleared to play this season, UVa running backs coach Keith Gaither said after the workout. "Just kind of see how he progresses on," said offensive coordinator Des Kitchings. "If he gets to the point where he can help us and not be a liability to him and us, then we're going to use him. We'll see where that goes."

Walker, a 5-foot-10, 218-pounder who transferred to UVa from Indiana before the 2020 season, has been ahead of schedule returning from surgery and was projected to be cleared sometime in September. Despite practicing Monday, Walker isn't likely to play in the team's opener against Richmond, but the fifth-year senior could still be a factor early in the season. "That means he's going to be cleared for the Richmond game. It doesn't mean he's going to play," said Gaither. "But he's going to be cleared, which means we can start getting him prepared for the stretch, especially conference play." - Charlottesville Daily Progress


rSr/2023 RB Ronnie Walker Jr.Virginia
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  2022 PRESEASON ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE: Chayce Chalmers, University of Virginia,...One of six UVA student-athletes to receive the ACC Top VI Award annually given the most in terms of service to the University and Charlottesville communities in 2021...Presented with the UVA Distinguished Student-Athlete Scholarship Award, presented to a rising fourth year student-athlete who has distinguished themselves for their efforts within the athletics department and community at the Hoos Choice Awards...member of the 2021-22 ACC Academic Honor Roll. - Virginia Football

rJr/2024 SS Chayce ChalmersVirginia
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