The UVA Football roster took a hit on Thursday when it was announced that offensive linemen Eric Tetlow and Sadiq Olanrewaju would be retiring due to ongoing injury concerns. Both players would have been seniors this fall after missing the 2015 season due to injuries. According to a press release from the Virginia athletic department, Tetlow and Olanrewaju will remain enrolled at UVA and continue working towards their degrees.
In addition, the school announced that incoming freshmen recruits Trysten Hill and Deedrick Daniels would not be enrolling. Hill, a defensive lineman from Florida, was a last-minute addition to Virginia’s 2016 recruiting class. Daniels, a defensive back from the Sunshine State, committed to Virginia in June 2015.
By our count, the announced losses leave Virginia with 78 scholarship players for the 2016 season. Olanrewaju and Tetlow would have provided depth at the tackle and center positions, respectively. Virginia now only has 13 offensive linemen on scholarship. Hill would have been a true nose tackle in Bronco Mendenhall’s defense. His loss leaves Virginia with only Donte Wilkins and James Trucilla in that role.
Please stay tuned to Streaking The Lawn as the 2016 football season approaches.