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11/12/18 - (WR) - Joe Reed, Jr, 6-1, 215
NOV 12 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Joe Reed, Virginia, Jr., KR; Charlotte Court House, Va.,...With Virginia leading visiting Liberty 24-17 on Saturday, Reed returned the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards for a TD, helping spur the Cavaliers to an eventual 45-24 win ... Reed finished the game with 193 kickoff return yards, the fifth-best single-game total by an FBS player this season ... The kickoff return for a score was the third in Reed's career, tying for seventh among active FBS players ... Also caught two passes, both for touchdowns (14 and six yards). - ACC Football

11/11/18 - (QB) - Bryce Perkins, rJr, 6-2, 210
Bryce Perkins threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and Virginia beat Liberty 45-24 Saturday. Joe Reed caught both scoring throws, of 14 and six yards, and also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown for the Cavaliers (7-3), who ensured their first winning season since the 2011 team finished 8-5. Virginia outgained the Flames just 389 to 354, but intercepted Stephen Calvert three times. Frankie Hickson ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns and Peytton Pinkett ran for 117 yards and another score for the Flames (4-5). Virginia led just 24-17 at halftime after Liberty scored 10 points in 28 second late in the half, but Reed took the second half kickoff down the Virginia sideline for a touchdown. After Liberty answered with a 65-yard drive that took under three minutes, Virginia's punt was downed at the Flames' 5. Liberty opted to go for it facing a fourth-and-inches from its own 14, but Brenton Nelson broke up Calvert's pass and Perkins ran it in three plays later from the 9. - AP College Football

11/07/18 - (ILB) - Malcolm Cook, rSr, 6-1, 240
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall says sixth-year linebacker Malcolm Cook has decided to end his playing career. Mendenhall says the oft-injured Cook will have a medical procedure for a sports hernia that would cause him to miss the remainder of the season. Cook has appeared in four games this season and accounted for 20 tackles. During 19 career games, he amassed 70 total tackles and two sacks. Cook missed the entire 2016 season due to a medical condition. He returned in 2017 and appeared in nine games with six starts. - AP College Football

10/22/18 - (CB) - Bryce Hall, Jr, 6-0, 200
OCT 22 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Bryce Hall, Virginia, Jr., CB, Harrisburg, Pa.,...Hall was a menace to the Duke passing attack in Virginia's 28-14 victory on Saturday ... He picked off a pass late in the third quarter after UVA had taken a 20-7 lead on its previous drive and finished the game with three passes defensed ... Targeted nine times and allowed only two catches ... Registered five tackles as the Cavaliers held the Blue Devils to 18 points below their season scoring average and 70 yards below their average for total offense ... Hall was named to Pro Football Focus' national team of the week after posting an overall grade of 86.9. - ACC Football

10/20/18 - (QB) - Bryce Perkins, rJr, 6-2, 210
Bryce Perkins did a little bit of everything to lead Virginia to another upset victory. Perkins passed for 189 yards and a touchdown, and he rushed for 61 yards and two scores to help the Cavaliers beat Duke 28-14 on Saturday afternoon. Virginia (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) backed up its 16-13 win over Miami, its first against a ranked opponent since 2014, with its fourth consecutive victory over Duke. The Cavaliers won as underdogs for the second week in a row. "I'm obviously really excited and proud of our team," Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Coming off of the Miami win last week, that presented a significant challenge. ... Our team showed the maturity and resiliency to come on the road and start fast." Daniel Jones passed for 240 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Devils (5-2, 1-2). Duke cut Virginia's lead to 20-14 early in the fourth quarter when tight end Davis Koppenhaver caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver T.J. Rahming on a trick play. But Perkins found Evan Butts for a 16-yard touchdown with 3:58 remaining to put the Cavaliers back in control. - AP College Football

10/15/18 - (SS) - Juan Thornhill, Sr, 6-1, 202
OCT 15 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Juan Thornhill, Virginia, Sr., SS, Altavista, Va.,...Thornhill also earned Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week recognition for his performance in Saturday night's 16-13 upset of No. 16 Miami ... Made six tackles and intercepted two passes ... Recorded 86 return yards on his two interceptions, including a career-long 62-yard return that set up a touchdown in the second ... Second ACC Defensive Back of the Week honor this season for Thornhill, who now has 10 career interceptions. - ACC Football

10/15/18 - (SS) - Juan Thornhill, Sr, 6-1, 202
OCT 15 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JUAN THORNHILL, VIRGINIA, Senior, Strong Safety, Altavista, VA/Altavista...Juan Thornhill had six tackles and two interceptions as Virginia defeated 16th-ranked Miami (Fla.), 16-13. It was UVA's first win over a ranked opponent since 2014. With the victory, the Cavaliers improved to 4-2, 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Notes: Juan Thornhill is the fourth Virginia player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since linebacker Micah Kiser (Sept. 17, 2017). - Walter Camp Football Foundation

10/14/18 - (SS) - Juan Thornhill, Sr, 6-1, 202
All week long, Bronco Mendenhall said, he had a sense that Virginia was ready to perform on a big stage. The Cavaliers proved their coach right Saturday night, getting a touchdown from Jordan Ellis, three field goals from Brian Delaney and a stout defensive performance in a 16-13 victory over No. 16 Miami. "They're becoming resilient and they are becoming confident and they acknowledge and see that happening," said Mendenhall, in his third season at Virginia. "For me and my staff, it's just fun to watch them transforming." Ellis scored on a 7-yard run in the first half and Delaney connected on kicks of 26, 46 and 32 yards for the Cavaliers (4-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Miami appeared to have stopped Virginia on a third-down run in the final minutes, but a personal foul call against Tito Odenigbo kept the drive alive and the Cavaliers ran out the clock. Delaney kicked a fourth field goal with 30 seconds left, but was run into on the play, giving Virginia a first down. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, fans streamed down the hill at one end of the stadium and onto the field. "It woke everybody up," said safety Juan Thornhill, who had two interceptions. "It just shows that we have a shot to win this. We have a shot to win the ACC." - AP College Football

10/10/18 - (WR) - Hasise Dubois, Fr, 6-4, 250
WR Hasies Dubois has become a threat in Virginia's passing offense as he has started to complement Olamide Zaccheaus over the past few games. Dubois gives QB Bryce Perkins a taller, bigger receiving target that has produced 22 receptions and 247 yards so far this season. Dubois has shown the ability to go up and make catches in traffic with a strong set of hands.

10/10/18 - (WR) - Olamide Zaccheaus, Sr, 5-08, 190
HB Olamide Zaccheaus is the only active player in the country with at least 2,000 career receiving yards and 450 career rushing yards. Zaccheaus will be tested by a speedy Miami secondary and will need to get the ball in space and use his own speed to continue a hot start to his season.

09/24/18 - (OLB) - Charles Snowden, So, 6-6, 225
SEPT 24 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Charles Snowden, Virginia, So., OLB, Silver Spring, Md.,...Snowden led a UVA defense that held Louisville without a touchdown in an ACC game for the first time since the Cardinals joined the league while posting a 27-3 win on Saturday...Registered a team-high eight tackles, a sack, another tackle for loss, two pass break-ups, a fumble recovery and an interception...The two forced turnovers led to 10 UVA points...Keyed a Cavalier defense that held Louisville to 214 yards of total offense and only 66 rushing yards. - ACC Football

09/24/18 - (WR) - Olamide Zaccheaus, Sr, 5-08, 190
SEPT 17 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia, Sr., HB, Plainfield, N.J.,...Zaccheaus amassed a school-record 247 receiving yards in UVA's 45-31 win against Ohio in a game played at Vanderbilt Stadium...It marked the most receiving yards by an FBS player this season and ties for the 10th best single-game total in ACC history...In setting the UVA single-game record, Zaccheaus eclipsed the 241 receiving yards by Ken Shelton in 1974 against William & Mary...Zaccheaus had scoring catches of 86 and 77 yards...The 86-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter was a career long and his third reception of 80 yards or more, which extends his UVA career record. - ACC Football

09/24/18 - (SS) - Juan Thornhill, Sr, 6-1, 202
SEPT 10 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Juan Thornhill, Virginia, Sr., SS, Altavista, Va.,...Thornhill had several key plays in UVA's 20-16 loss at Indiana...He finished the game with seven tackles, including five solo stops...He blocked a PAT in the first quarter and returned it for a two-point conversion...Thornhill later intercepted a Hoosier pass in the third quarter. - ACC Football

09/17/18 - (RB) - Jordan Ellis, rSr, 5-10, 224
RB Jordan Ellis racked up 171 yards and three touchdowns on the ground against Ohio and now has 380 yards on the season. Ellis is averaging 7.5 yards per carry and has shown the ability to run up the middle as well and bounce plays to the outside and use his speed. After averaging under four yards per carry last season, Ellis needs just two more touchdowns to top his production from 2017.

09/17/18 - (CB) - Bryce Hall, Jr, 6-0, 200
CB Bryce Hall was targeted four times against Ohio and did not allow a reception. In addition, Hall tallied two pass breakups and paced a Virginia secondary that had some trouble covering Ohio's receivers last week. Hall will need to continue to be a key piece to the Cavaliers' cover-corner unit against a Louisville team that will put the ball in the air.

09/17/18 - (WR) - Olamide Zaccheaus, Sr, 5-08, 190
WR Olamide Zaccheaus set a school record with 247 receiving yards against Ohio after being a non-factor two weeks ago at Indiana. Zaccheaus showed his game-changing speed with a 77-yard touchdown to seal the game against the Bobcats late in the fourth quarter. "The best teams are player-led," coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "He had a tough game against Indiana but he bounced back in a big way." Zaccheaus' performance earned him the ACC Receiver of the Week award.

09/04/18 - (RB) - Jordan Ellis, rSr, 5-10, 224
SEPT 3 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Jordan Ellis, Virginia, Sr., TB, Suwanee. Ga.,...Ellis recorded a career-high 146 yards on 20 carries (7.3 avg.) in the Cavaliers� 42-13 win over Richmond as UVA rushed for 300 yards (301) for the first time in a game since the 2013 season - Ellis had touchdown runs of 10 and 21 yards - Ellis had the highest grade of any running back from week one according to Pro Football Focus with a score of 91.4. - ACC Football

09/04/18 - (SS) - Juan Thornhill, Sr, 6-1, 202
DB Juan Thornhill struggled a bit in his senior debut last week. The 6-foot, 210-pounder was beaten a few times but recovered late in the game to deflect a pass. Thornhill continues to be a hot topic on draft boards but will need to carry over the momentum from 2017 into the rest of this season as a lack of size will likely deter some NFL teams.

09/04/18 - (QB) - Bryce Perkins, rJr, 6-2, 210
QB Bryce Perkins opened his Virginia career with a bang. The junior became the first Cavalier quarterback to run for two touchdowns in a game since 2009 and also threw for 185 yards while rushing for 108. Perkins totaled four touchdowns and look perfectly comfortable in his first career FBS start.

09/04/18 - (RB) - Jordan Ellis, rSr, 5-10, 224
RB Jordan Ellis ran for a career-high 146 yards against Richmond last week as Virginia's running attack was dominate against the Spiders. Ellis averaged 7.3 yards per carry and found the end zone two times. Ellis and the much-improved Cavalier running game totaled 301 yards on the ground behind an offensive line that was still a question. Virginia will get a better test from Indiana's defense but Ellis looks prime to continue a superb start to his senior season.

06/03/18 - (DT) - Cassius Peat, rFr, 6-3, 270
Former Michigan State DL Cassius Peat is transferring to Virginia. Peat left Michigan State in 2016 because of academic problems and spent the past two seasons at junior colleges in Arizona. Virginia announced Saturday that Peat transferred to the school and will continue his playing career. Peat has two years of eligibility remaining and can play this season.

05/13/18 - (DT) - James Trucilla, rJr, 6-0, 280
DL James Trucilla decided to end his football careers because of undisclosed medical issues, the school announced. He will remain in school to finish coursework to obtain his degree. Trucilla, a junior defensive tackle, saw action in 13 games the past two seasons and totaled seven tackles.

05/13/18 - (DE) - John Kirven, , 6-6, 240
DL John Kirven decided to end his football career because of undisclosed medical issues, the school announced. He will remain in school to finish coursework to obtain his degree. Kirven, a sophomore defensive end, played in 10 games as a true freshman and had one tackle. He missed the Military Bowl loss to Navy because of an undisclosed illness.

02/27/18 - (DT) - Andrew Brown, Sr, 6-3, 296
2018 NFL Combine: Players Who Need to Interview Well: Andrew Brown, DL, Virginia...While Brown is immensely talented, scouts have questioned his mental toughness. There are also numerous examples on film of late hits or immaturity, leading to ejections and negative plays. Brown's interview process will be critical. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/12/17 - (FS) - Quin Blanding, Sr, 6-2, 207
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): S Quin Blanding, Sr., Virginia, 151 Votes,...This is the fourth career All-ACC honor for Blanding, which includes second-team accolades in 2014 as a freshman. He is the second Cavalier to earn All-ACC honors all four years he was on Grounds. Punter Will Brice also accomplished the feat as a second-team honoree in 1993 and 1994, while taking home first-team honors in 1995 and 1996. Blanding (Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.) ranks No. 2 in the ACC and No. 11 in the nation with 121 tackles. His 121 tackles and 10.1 tackles per game leads the nation's defensive backs. His four interceptions rank No. 3 in the ACC and No. 19 in the nation. Blanding is Virginia's all-time career tackle leader with 479 stops, which ranks No. 10 all-time in ACC history and No. 1 among ACC defensive backs. Blanding finished the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons No. 2 in the ACC in tackles and is on pace to do so for a fourth time. He finished behind Kiser in 2015 and 2016. Blanding is a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award. - Virginia Football

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