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Virginia football prioritizes player safety, field hockey ranks top-10 in preseason poll

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Here’s what else is happening ahead of the fall sports season.

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Every weekday, we deliver UVA links outside of STL that you may have missed from the day before. It’s our look Around The Corner

Another day, another look Around The Corner. Here’s what’s new with your Virginia Cavaliers on this wonderful Wednesday morning — today we’re taking a look at some cool technology that the football team is using, a look ahead at the Virginia field hockey team, and the aftermath of Tony Bennett landing that big four-star recruit just yesterday.

As football reaches ‘a tipping point,’ UVA turns to advanced technology to keep players safe (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

This is really cool. At-risk Virginia football players (primarily first years) apparently can swallow an ingestible temperature sensor before certain workouts and practices to allow trainers to monitor their body temperatures in real time. This tactic will hopefully help the team avoid a tragedy like the one at Maryland, where an offensive lineman died from heat stroke after a summer workout. Virginia athletic trainers have been using the sensors for a while now, connecting the pill via Bluetooth to their computers and allowing them to track internal temperatures.

University of Connecticut tops Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason National Coaches Poll (NFHCA)

Virginia field hockey starts the season ranked No. 7 in the Preseason National Coaches poll. The team opens the season with a top-10 match-up this weekend, playing at No. 6 Penn State on Sunday. Three other ACC teams made the top-10, with Duke, UNC, and Louisville on the list alongside Virginia.

Tony Bennett, UVA face big recruiting decision (247Sports)

With the commitment of 2019 big man Kadin Shedrick, Tony Bennett has filled all 13 of his available scholarships. Now, as 247Sports’ Jamie Oakes dives into, “there must be considerations to continue recruiting and potentially over-signing in the 2019 class.” Their ability to continue recruiting for 2019, or take another player in 2020, depends on who leaves for the 2019 NBA draft outside of De’Andre Hunter, who’s basically the only given at this point.

TOTD:

Joe Reed is one of the team’s best kick-off returners and wide receivers. The team is expecting big things from his this season—but before we look too far forward, the team took a look back at how Reed became a Cavalier.