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THE COLUMN: Virginia vs. Indiana Complete Preview

HOOS vs. HOOSiers, this matchup was definitely planned because of the team nicknames


TIME: 3:30 PM (EST)

DATE: September 9th, 2017

LOCATION: Scott Stadium




by Paul Wiley

Ever been completely wrong about something? I mean, just flat out, missed it by a mile, not even close, how-did-I ever-think-that wrong? Well that's me, in 2017, thinking Indiana would be an easy win.

Because then the Ohio State game happened. And these very same Hoosiers—new coach-having, Indiana football-being Hoosiers—gave the #2 team in the country all they could handle for a full thirty minutes. It wasn't a lumbering uglyfest, either. These guys can throw, and these guys can catch, and then those guys that catch can run more than a little, too.

So buckle up your chinstraps, Hoos. Week #2 is Test #1 for the Cavaliers. And turns out the test just went from geometry quiz to Calculus IV final.


Provided by Danny Neckel

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Jordan Ellis
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Jordan Ellis - RB

Ellis was a workhorse last Saturday against William & Mary, rushing for 80 yards and one touchdown on 20 touches. The third-year is poised for a big season, following in the steps of Taquan Mizzell. Fans will note that he wears the #1, the number Ellis chose after being selected as the first player on the team to pick their jersey number.

Olamide Zaccheaus
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Olamide Zaccheaus - WR

Third-year, Olamide Zaccheaus (Oh-llama-day, Zah-key-us or @llamaday) had a great 16-17 campaign, amassing seven touchdowns and 584 receiving yards. This year, he started off where he left, posting 56 receiving yards and one touchdown against William & Mary. Zaccheaus will continue to be a main target for Benkurt and is a key to the success of Virginia’s air game.

Micah Kiser
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Micah Kiser - DB

Last year, Kiser was No. 1 in the ACC and No. 3 in the nation with 11.2 tackles per game. Second in the ACC was actually Virginia’s own Quin Blanding. Kiser is literally everywhere on the field and will continue to provide consistancy on the defensive side for the Hoos.

Richard Lagow
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Richard Lagow - QB

Lagow got some national spotlight last Thursday when the Hoosiers faced off against #2 Ohio State. The Senior threw for a cool 410 yards and three touchdowns on a whopping 65 attempts (he connected on 40 of them). Lagow showed that he is capable of leading a successful campaign under new head coach, Tom Allen. Look for Indiana to continue their passing-heavy offense against Virginia.

Simmie Cobbs Jr.
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Simmie Cobbs Jr. - WR

Cobbs Jr. lit it up against Ohio State, making 11 receptions for 149 yards and one touchdown. This is not out-of-the-norm either. Last year, Cobbs Jr. amassed 1035 yards on 60 receptions. With veteran Virginia cornerback Tim Harris out for the rest of the season, first-year Germane Crowell will have to step up big time to shut down Cobbs Jr.

A’Shon Riggins
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A’Shon Riggins - CB

With Kurt Benkert getting more comfortable with Virginia’s defense, attention will turn to the opposing team’s defense. Riggins, a sophomore, is a promising young cornerback for the Hoosiers who played in all 12 games as a freshman. This Saturday, he will be tasked with defending Doni Dowling or Andre Levrone.



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