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Virginia Football Announces Returning 4th and 5th Years for 2020/2021 Season

Nine Upperclassmen will be returning for the Hoos

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The Virginia football program announced this evening that nine fourth and fifth year players have decided to use their extra year of eligibility to return to the team next season. The group of players includes: DE Mandy Alonso, DE Adeeb Atariwa, FS Joey Blount, OLB Elliott Brown, CB De’Vante Cross, OG Chris Glaser, CB Nick Grant, WR Ra’Shaun Henry and OT Ryan Nelson. According to the release all nine of the players have already completed their undergraduate degrees.

Let the celebratory tweets commence!

While we certainly wish the best for the Hoos moving on to professional football or other endeavors, these returning players are hugely important for next year’s team. Alonso and Atariwa in particular bring critical experience back to a position that suffered a ton from lack of depth in this COVID season - and Joey Blount returning should be exciting Wahoo fans everywhere! According to our friend Bennett Conlin, Blount cited his injury as part of his motivation to spend next year in Cville:

Hopefully next year looks more like real life for NCAA football and all of us fans - certainly this returning talent on both sides of the ball will help make the season a great one.