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Virginia football depth chart released for Duke game

No major changes but some players return from injury

NCAA Football: Miami at Virginia Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

The rest of us might still be coming down from the Virginia Cavaliers upset victory over the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday—or the big Ben Smiley commitment on Sunday—but it’s back to work for the actual team.

And just like every Monday, the new depth chart is out, this time in advance of the Hoos’ trip to Durham to face the Duke Blue Devils.

The two changes of note are on the defensive line and on special teams.

Jordan Redmond returns from injury and retakes his spot at the top for nose tackle. Against Miami, UVA opened in a 2-4-5 set with Hanback and Faumui on the line and played in similar sets for much of the game, leaning more heavily on linebackers and defensive backs while generating pressure with creative blitz schemes. Getting the 320-pound Redmond back allows for more traditional three-man fronts.

The special teams change is one that comes as no surprise after his strong showing Saturday: Brian Delaney is the starting placekicker. Delaney went 3-for-3 in his placekicking debut for UVA, plus the made field goal at the end of the game that was waved off because Mark Richt has lost control of the program of penalties.

R.J. Proctor’s inclusion on the two-deep is a welcome sign after Proctor played fairly well in his return from injury on Saturday. On defense, freshman Noah Taylor appears as an “or” with Elliott Brown at Sam linebacker.