2013 Virginia Football Player Profiles

Nicholson Leads Veteran Secondary

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Tra Nicholson has missed just 44 plays during his career, and most of those were plays where he wasn't needed. He's been Mr Reliable on a defense that has been inconsistent during his career. Now,...

Dominique Terrell Is The Third Best WR on the Team

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Unfortunately for Terrell, the Hoos have so much depth at WR, not to mention TE and RB, that he may not get as many reps as he'd like. He'll be the primary slot WR and backup, but the Hoos may not...

Billy Skrobacz Is The Hoos Best Blocking Back

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Skrobacz isn't going to blow anybody away with his size or athleticism. But he knows football, and he's played FB for 4 years now. He knows how to lead block. None of the other FBs on the roster...

The Offense Is Reliant on David Watford's Arm

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Thrown into the fire as a true freshman, Watford didn't look good. He struggled with reads, he struggled with accuracy and he struggled with controlling the game. But he's older now, more advanced...

Darius Jennings Is Still Learning To Play WR

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Coming into the program as a wildcat QB, Jennings had to learn to play WR. As a freshman, he looked lost at times, but played well enough. Last year, he started to come on and led the team in...

Eli Harold Is a Freak Athlete At DE

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Despite being raw and undersized, Eli was one of the most productive DLs we had last year. He's only getting better, and he's now in a defense that can really utilize his athleticism. Harold could...

Anthony Harris Moves to SS, A Better Fit For Him

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Last year, Harris played FS, and was 3rd on the team in tackles. He's certainly a capable FS, but he's a better fit at SS. Harris is big, strong and fast, and can handle everything a SS has to do...

C.J. Moore Still Needs to Bulk Up

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At just 160 pounds, Moore simply isn't big enough to cover ACC WRs right now. He's fast, one of the fastest on the team. That may get him onto special teams. But he'll need 15-20 pounds of muscle...

Greyson Lambert Has Some Matt Schaub Potential

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Lambert, like Schaub, was fighting for the starting job with a dual-threat QB. They are similar in size, and both possess good mechanics, tremendous accuracy, and both have question marks about...

Romero Could Lead This Team in Sacks

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As an OLB in coach Tenuta's defense, you have to be able to rush the passer. Romero had 30 sacks as a junior in HS. The two are a match made in football heaven. Daquan Romero could have a big year...

Ian Frye Is Likely Our Best Placekicker

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Frye handled KOs last year, and was 3/5 on FGs. His misses were from 44 and 22(!) yards. Frye has a big leg and could end up being very good. He needs to work on his consistency, but he's only been...

Matt Johns Is Basically Half Watford, Half Lambert

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WIth a skillset that combines some of Watford's quickness and athleticism with some of Lambert's pocket presence and accuracy, Johns could push for snaps as soon as next year. Right now he's simply...

Miles Gooch is a Big, Fast Guy Who's Still Raw

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Gooch is the biggest WR we've got and has outstanding stragith line speed. But he's still learning how to use his size and speed to get open. With so many more advanced WRs on the roster, it may be...

E.J. Scott Will Compete for Reps in the Slot

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While not really big enough for reps on the outside, Scott is a prototypical slot WR. He's got good hands, runs good routes and can make people miss. He was 4th on the team in catches last year,...

Tim Smith Is Still the Top WR on the Team

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Smith has become something of an afterthought, considering the talent we have at WR these days. But Smith is still the fastest WR on the team, still has the best hands on the team, and is the most...

Brandon Phelps Moves From SS to FS

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Phelps never seemed all that comfortable at SS. As a former CB, he's best in coverage and not great in run support. He moves to FS, where hopefully his skills will fit better. It's easy to forget...

DreQuan Hoskey May Be The Fastest Guy On The Team

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Slated to start at one CB spot, Hoskey's is a pure speed guy who isn't very big. He'll probably start, but will be spelled against bigger WRs. He'll also move inside to cover slot guys when we go...

Khalek Shepherd Is The Do-Everything Back

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As the primary KR guy, PR guy, and a third-down back, Shepherd had a ton of touches last year and led the team in All-Purpose yards. He'll get more touches for the offense this year, and is a good...

New Hoos: Tyrell Chavis

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Most of the incoming freshman class figures to either redshirt this year, or playing sparingly in a reserve or special teams role. Tyrell Chavis is not one of those guys.

Adam Caplinger Isn't Likely to Play Much

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Caplinger was a very good high school football player. He isn't big enough, nor quick enough to play at this level. He could potentially see time on a FG unit or something like that, but as a LB...

Kevin Parks Will Be the Primary RB This Year

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The Hoos are, as usual, deep at TB. But unlike past years, only one guy is a real between-the-tackles, every down back. If the OL gets their act together, and Parks gets a majority of the carries,...

Maurice Canady Is the Hoos Top Big CB

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As the only CB on the team over 6 feet tall, Canady was often covering players 20 or 30 pounds heavier than him. Canady impressed last year with his physicality and overall play. He may not start...

Rijo Walker Can't Seem to Get A Break

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Seemingly always second on the depth chart, whether at CB, FS or SS, Walker has spent most of his career watching from the sidelines. He's done well on special teams and looked good in limited...

Willem Van Reesema Has a Big Leg

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He's not the all-world talent that his HS teammate Eli Harold is. But, he's a PK with a big leg, who is also a solid all-around athlete. He's not going to be the FG guy this year, but he could win...

D.J. Hill Is a Very Good Cover LB

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Coach Tenuta likes to use his LBs to attack the backfield, especially in passing situations. That isn't really Hill's strength, though. Still, you need a guy who can cover a TE by himself, which...

Alec Vozenilek is A Pretty Good Punter

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Alec was named to Phil Steele's preseason All-ACC 3rd team. He's a solid punter, who averaged over 40 yards per punt last year, downing 22 of his 66 punts inside the red zone. Just 4 of his punts...

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