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Bronco Mendenhall discusses “mini bye week” and why he has to mute announcers

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Plus, an injury update from Brennan Armstrong.

NCAA Football: North Carolina at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Football team got a surprise week off last weekend after its game against Louisville was postponed one week as the Cards dealt with an outbreak of the coronavirus. There is still the weekly testing to be conducted before we know if the game will be on for this Saturday, but Virginia reported just one positive across the entire athletic department as of November 9.

Despite the last minute change to the Louisville game, it wasn’t all bad news for the Hoos. “It was nice to have a break actually, even though we were not expecting our bye week to be this weekend,” Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall told the media on Monday (November 9). “We received, or basically we executed, kind of a mini bye week. A subtle change in routine. A couple days off. A little bit of a break for our players.”

With a handful of players nursing injuries, the days off were maybe a blessing in disguise. QB Brennan Armstrong, who tweaked his knee in Virginia’s Halloween night win over then-No. 15 North Carolina, told media on Tuesday that he’s feeling much better. Armstrong will be good to go against Louisville, but will be sporting a new knee brace.

He also took some time to watch some college football, saying he watched the Clemson-Notre Dame matchup and Virginia Tech’s dramatic last-second loss to Liberty.

Virginia will hopefully get first year WR Lavel Davis back this week after missing a couple games, and there’s still hope that DBs Joey Blount and Brenton Nelson are ready to play this weekend.

Like Armstrong, Mendenhall spent some time this past weekend watching some college football. “I don’t watch the NFL much but we did watch some college games,” Mendenhall said. “I was intrigued just with the ACC. So, I watched a couple of those games, not all of them, but some of those games. I did watch the entire Notre Dame/Clemson game, which might be the first complete college game I’ve watched in years. And what a great game!”

In a really relatable moment, Mendenhall explained that he’s a bit of a nightmare to watch games with because he likes to talk back to the television and commentators. “So we have a rule — and I don’t even know if I should share this — but I’m going to,” Mendenhall said from behind his mask on Monday. “When we [Mendenhall and his wife Holly] watch the games, we have the announcers turned off, because how I react to them and what they were seeing and what I think is accurate really doesn’t match most of the time. She just turns the volume off.”

Virginia kicks off the back-stretch of its schedule at 3:30 this Saturday against the Cards. The game will be broadcast by the ACC Network.

Stay tuned to Streaking the Lawn for more updates!