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  09/13/21 - Brennan ArmstrongrJr/2023, Virginia, 6-1, 215 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  SEPT 13 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Brennan Armstrong, Virginia, Jr., QB, Shelby, Ohio,...Earned second straight ACC Quarterback of the Week honor following a career day in the Cavaliers' 42-14 victory against Illinois ... Completed 27 of 36 pass attempts for 405 yards and five touchdowns ... Passing yardage was the fourth best single-game total in UVA history ... Became just the second Cavalier to throw for 400+ yards and five touchdowns in a game ... Completed a career-high 27 passes ... Also caught a pass for the first time in his UVA career, gaining 18 yards on the play ... Had nine pass completions of at least 20 yards ... Currently leads the ACC in total offense (387.50 ypg.) and passing (372.0 ypg.). - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

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  09/13/21 - Jelani WoodsrSr/2022, Virginia, 6-6, 265 (DS#20 TE) + More +

  SEPT 13 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Jelani Woods, Virginia, Gr., TE, Ellenwood, Ga.,...Woods had a huge game in the Cavaliers' 42-14 win over Illinois ... Recorded a career-high 122 yards receiving, the most by a Cavalier tight end since Tom Santi (128 yards) in the 2005 Music City Bowl against Minnesota ... Woods more than doubled his previous career high of 54 yards receiving (Oct. 24, 2020, while at Oklahoma State) ... Averaged 24.4 yards per catch against the Illini and had three catches of at least 28 yards. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#20 TE) rSr/2022 TE Jelani WoodsVirginia
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  09/13/21 - Olusegun OluwatimirSr/2022, Virginia, 6-3, 310 (DS#21 C) + More +

  SEPT 13 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Olusegun Oluwatimi, Virginia, Sr., C, Upper Marlboro, Md.,...Keyed a Virginia offensive line that did not surrender a sack to Illinois in 40 passing plays ... Graded out at 88.2 percent (based on Pro Football Focus system) and had nine pancake blocks ... Key part of an offensive attack that piled up a total of 556 yards in the Cavaliers' 42-14 victory against Illinois. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#21 C) rSr/2022 C Olusegun OluwatimiVirginia
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  09/11/21 - Brennan ArmstrongrJr/2023, Virginia, 6-1, 215 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  After seeing his offense start slowly in its season-opening win over William & Mary, Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall designed his practices this week to correct that. The offense came quickly as Virginia scored touchdowns on its first two possessions Saturday against Illinois on its way to a 42-14 win. "I have a belief that we're designed for the results we get," Mendenhall said. "And so we just flipped the script." Brennan Armstrong threw for five touchdowns and became the third quarterback in program history to pass for over 400 yards as Virginia snapped a 9-game regular-season losing streak in non-conference games against Power Five opponents.

Armstrong threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the opening quarter, connecting with tight end Jelani Woods for a 32-yard score and wide receiver Dontayvion Wicks from 28-yards out, for a 14-0 lead while many fans were still filing into the stadium for the unusual 11 a.m. kickoff. Armstrong went 27 for 36 for 405 yards, joining Kurt Benkert (who did it twice) and Marc Verica as Virginia quarterbacks who surpassed 400 yards in a game. Wicks finished with a pair of touchdown catches for Virginia (2-0). - Virginia/AP College Football


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  09/06/21 - Brennan ArmstrongrJr/2023, Virginia, 6-1, 215 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  SEPT 6 ACC CO-QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Brennan Armstrong, Virginia, Jr., QB, Shelby, Ohio,...Keyed the Cavaliers' offense in their 43-0 victory to open the season against William & Mary ... Finished the game completing 21 of 31 pass attempts for 339 yards - a school record for a season opener ... Had scoring throws of 5 and 65 yards and ran for a pair of scores from 2 and 3 yards ... The 24 points for which he was responsible tied for fourth in the nation ... Second time in his career he has thrown for more than 300 yards in a game ... Completed 11 of 13 passes for 257 yards in the second half (an average of 23.4 yards per completion) ... Ranks No. 18 in the nation in passing efficiency (180.89). - ACC Football

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  09/04/21 - Brennan ArmstrongrJr/2023, Virginia, 6-1, 215 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  Brennan Armstrong threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and Virginia beat William & Mary 43-0 on in the opener for both teams Saturday night. Armstrong hit Demick Starling on a 65-yard scoring pass and Ra'Shaun Henry from five yards out. It was Henry's fifth touchdown in eight catches at Virginia. Freshman Darius Wilson started at quarterback for William & Mary in place of Hollis Mathis, still recovering from shoulder surgery, and got a rude welcome to the college game.

He completed nine of 15 passes, but for just 83 yards, and ran for 29 yards on six carries. The Tribe managed just 183 yards. "Darius' first start against an FBS team, you've got to give him some credit," Tribe coach Mike London said. "There's some things he's got to get better at and we've got to help him to make sure he uses his arms and his legs." Armstrong, who scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards, completed 20 of 30 attempts for 336 yards. The Cavaliers finished with 545 total yards. "He's a veteran quarterback that knows their scheme and knows their system," Tribe coach Mike London said of Armstrong. "I knew he was a good football player and he proved it today." - Virginia/AP College Football


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  08/16/21 - Dontayvion WicksrSo/2024, Virginia, 6-1, 205 (DS#23 WR) + More +

  Marques Hagans see Dontayvion Wicks as an All-ACC-caliber wide receiver. The redshirt sophomore's stat sheet shows that he has just three catches in his college career, the last one coming on Nov. 23, 2019, but Wicks' talent is undeniable. After missing 2020 due to injury, Wicks is fully healthy, and he stole the show in the team's spring game when he torched the team's defensive backs with smooth route running and effortless speed. "I told him, 'My biggest disappointment is if I don't get him to maximize the ability that he has,'" Hagans, UVa's wide receivers coach, said. "If I don't get him to see what I see in him, then I failed him as a coach." Hagans pushes all his players to maximize their ability, but he also understands that some players possess better physical tools than others. At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, Wicks boasts good size and impressive speed and quickness that many receivers on the roster simply can't match.

Wicks might not headline UVa's group of receivers, but he's an obvious choice for a breakout season. He's so talented that head coach Bronco Mendenhall expects him to fill the shoes of 6-7 Lavel Davis Jr., who will miss at least most of the 2021 season as he recovers from an ACL injury. Davis Jr. snagged 20 receptions for 515 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman. The uber-athletic wide receiver served as the team's best downfield threat, averaging 25.75 yards per reception. "We don't have anyone else that's 6-7," Mendenhall said Friday, "but we do have Dontayvion Wicks back, so we basically traded. He had two or three or four long catches today. I like that. I'd rather have them both." - Charlottesville Daily Progress


(DS#23 WR) rSo/2024 WR Dontayvion WicksVirginia
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  08/02/21 - Mandy AlonsorSr/2022, Virginia, 6-2, 285 (DS#94 DT) + More +

  Agrueling nine-week summer conditioning period came to an end Friday morning for the Virginia football team when redshirt senior defensive lineman Mandy Alonso pulled a sledgehammer over his head and slammed it down to "break the rock." Teammates showered Alonso in Gatorade at the center of the McCue practice field, enjoying a moment of celebration after an offseason focused on hard work and improvement.

Alonso, who opted to return for a final season of eligibility, was chosen as the player to break the rock thanks to a productive offseason. "Mandy is unbelievable," junior linebacker Nick Jackson said. "If you could watch him every workout, you'd be in awe." Alonso is among the contingent of players that UVa coaches want to take a step forward. The team returns key upperclassmen at nearly every position, but the Cavaliers went just 5-5 last season and ended the year with a disheartening 33-15 loss at Virginia Tech. Alonso, like many of his peers, has been a solid option for UVa in his career. He's looking to go from solid to dynamic. Everyone inside the program expects a leap forward from the defensive end with 27 career starts to his name. "That dude has come back with a purpose," Virginia strength coach Shawn Griswold said. - Roanoke Times


(DS#94 DT) rSr/2022 DT Mandy AlonsoVirginia
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  07/29/21 - Nick JacksonJr/2023, Virginia, 6-0, 240 (DS#8 ILB) + More +

  Virginia linebacker Nick Jackson was named to the preseason All-ACC team Tuesday morning. He was the only UVa player to land on team. Jackson recorded 105 tackles last season, finishing second in the ACC and sixth nationally. Entering his junior season, Jackson is expected to be one of the most productive linebackers in the ACC. He finished last year on the All-ACC third team.

Jackson was named to the Butkus Award watch list earlier this week. The Butkus Award is awarded annually to the best linebacker in the country. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound defender excels stopping the run. Defensive coaches have stressed the need for better coverage from Jackson ahead of this season. There's room for improvement for the linebacker, but expectations are high this fall for the tackling machine. - Charlottesville Daily Progress


(DS#8 ILB) Jr/2023 ILB Nick JacksonVirginia
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  07/25/21 - Keytaon ThompsonrSr/2022, Virginia, 6-4, 210 (DS#72 WR) + More +

  Keytaon Thompson's first season at UVa ended with a loss to Virginia Tech. To make matters worse, he also suffered a meaningful injury in the team's 33-15 loss to the Hokies. "I broke my ribs in that last game," Thompson said Wednesday at the ACC Kickoff. "That was really painful. I couldn't move. I couldn't work out for a nice amount of time after the game." Thompson shared that he returned to 100% health about a month ago. He's been able to work out while less than 100%, but he feels fully healthy now as the final remnants of pain fade away.

"I've been able to work out for a long, long time," Thompson said. "I've been working out and doing stuff. Still had a little pain. No surgery, so they have to heal naturally. It's just dealing with the pain. It's pretty much subsided all the way." The second-year UVa player, who transferred to Virginia from Mississippi State, is expected to play an important role within Virginia's offense this fall. The Cavaliers plan to use Thompson at numerous offensive positions, including quarterback and wide receiver. He accounted for over 300 yards of total offense and six touchdowns last season. "I can do whatever you need me to do," Thompson said. "That's the whole idea." - Charlottesville Daily Progress


(DS#72 WR) rSr/2022 WR Keytaon ThompsonVirginia
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  07/21/21 - Brennan ArmstrongrJr/2023, Virginia, 6-1, 215 (DS#11 QB) + More +

  Brennan Armstrong's first season as Virginia's starting quarterback opened slowly. Thanks to a strong second half, the Cavaliers' signal caller landed on the preseason 2021 Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award is given annually to college football's top player. The watch list was announced Monday, and Armstrong is one of eight ACC quarterbacks to make the list. A total of 80 players appear on the watch list, with 13 coming from the ACC.

The left-handed quarterback made some impressive plays against Duke, Clemson and N.C. State in his first three collegiate starts last season, but he also fired six interceptions compared to five touchdown passes and suffered a concussion in the first half against the Wolfpack. After a one-game absence due to the concussion, Armstrong played well late in the year. He tossed only five interceptions over the final six games of the season and scored 17 total touchdowns. On the season, Armstrong threw for 2,117 yards in nine games. He threw 18 touchdowns compared to 11 interceptions and rushed for over 500 yards and five touchdowns. - Charlottesville Daily Progress


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  06/09/21 - Artie HenryrSr/2022, Virginia, 6-1, 185 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  It may be the offseason, but the past week was a fairly busy one for the Virginia football team's roster construction. Bronco Mendenhall and company received two verbal commitments from high school prospects in the last seven days and officially added Artie Henry III, a graduate transfer wide receiver from Marshall. Henry III, who has one year of eligibility remaining, played in 22 games for Marshall. He finished his career with the Thundering Herd with 42 receptions for 504 yards and six touchdowns. Prior to playing at Marshall, Henry III spent two seasons at San Diego Mesa Junior College, where he caught 25 passes for 505 yards and four touchdowns. A three-star receiver coming out of high school, Henry III returned kicks in high school, junior college and one year at Marshall due to injuries at punt returner. He ran track in high school, and speed and agility seem to be his strengths. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Artie HenryVirginia
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  05/29/21 - Artie HenryrSr/2022, Virginia, 6-1, 185 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  For the second time in a week, Marshall has lost a key contributor from its 2020 team to the NCAA transfer portal. On Wednesday, Marshall wide receiver Artie Henry announced his intentions on social media. Henry was Marshall's third-leading pass-catcher in the 2020 season with 22 receptions for 308 yards and three touchdowns. Those figures were second at the wide receiver position, placing him behind Corey Gammage. Henry played in eight of 10 games during the 2020 season, one in which COVID-19 and injuries took their toll on the team. In addition to his duties as a receiver, Henry added the role of punt returner to his repertoire due to an injury to primary return man Talik Keaton. Henry had five punt returns for 60 yards with a long of 42 yards. - Charleston Gazette

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  05/08/21 - Terrell JanaSr/2021, Virginia, 5-11, 195 (DS#63 WR) + More +

  Former Virginia receiver Terrell Jana was selected by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the second round of the Canadian Football League Draft on Tuesday night. Jana, a native of Vancouver, B.C., was the chosen with the 17th overall pick in the draft. He was the first wide receiver taken. Jana returns to Canada after a successful college career with the Cavaliers. Jana departs UVa ranked No. 12 all-time on the school's career receptions list with 123 and No. 17 all-time in career receiving yards with 1,481. Jana had a breakout junior season for the Cavaliers, finishing with 74 catches for 886 yards and three touchdowns. During the 2019 season, Jana was one of five FBS receivers with 100-plus targets, a 70 percent catch rate and 10-plus yards per target. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

(DS#63 WR) Sr/2021 WR Terrell JanaVirginia
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  05/05/21 - Jacob FinnrSr/2022, Virginia, 6-3, 205 (DS#21 P) + More +

  The Virginia football team added a special teams standout Monday. Jacob Finn, a graduate transfer punter from Florida, announced on Instagram that he'll join the Cavaliers for his final collegiate season. Finn brings a powerful leg with him to Charlottesville. He punted 26 times for Florida last season, averaging an impressive 46.3 yards per punt. Of his 26 punts, 14 were downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Only one of his kicks resulted in a touchback.

The 6-foot-4 Florida native hit six punts that went over 50 yards last fall, and 12 of his punts resulted in fair catches from the returner. He blasted a career-long 67-yard punt in a game against LSU in December. As a team, Florida ranked third among FBS teams in net punting average. Finn was the team's starting punter, playing in all 12 games for the Gators. UVa, on the other hand, checked in at No. 80 in net punting average. - Charlottesville Daily Progress


(DS#21 P) rSr/2022 P Jacob FinnVirginia
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