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UVA Football awards second round of jersey numbers

Seven freshmen have joined the ranks of numbered Hoos

Boston College v Virginia Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images

Twenty-two new jerseys were selected on Thursday as a second round of Virginia football players have earned their numbers for the season. Most of the players that you would consider “expected starters” have selected by this point, with a few — like North Dakota State transfer Josh Hayes, Marshall transfer Artie Henry, and kicker Justin Duenkel — expected to select soon. For the first time this summer, some freshmen have earned numbers as seven first year players qualified for the honor:

No. 20 Jonas Sanker, DB

No. 25 Jay Woolfolk, QB

No. 30 James Jackson, OLB

No. 33 West Weeks, ILB

No. 42 Mike Green, OLB

No. 77 Noah Josey, OL

No. 98 Jacob Rodriguez, QB

It’s an impressive feat for these first years to quickly earn their numbers via Coach Mendenhall’s assessment and threshold - and a particularly good sign that the two young quarterbacks were able to do so. Maybe we’ll get to see a #98 to #99 double pass at some point this season??

  • Junior DB Coen King joined the uber-popular single digit club with No. 9
  • Highly-touted sophomore Ben Smiley chose No. 10 on the defensive line
  • Ira Armstead joined the two freshmen QBs to round out the position group with numbers and selected No. 11
  • Grad transfer (University of Florida) future All-American punter Jacob Finn selected No. 16
  • Former Indiana transfer and blue-chip running back recruit Ronnie Walker Jr selected No. 32

Here is the full list as it stands now:

Virginia Football Jersey Numbers

Number Player Position Year Round
Number Player Position Year Round
0 Jelani Woods TE Junior 1
1 Nick Grant CB Senior 1
2 De'Vante Cross FS Senior 1
2 Ra'Shaun Henry WR Senior 1
3 Anthony Johnson DB Junior 1
3 Dontayvion Wicks WR Sophomore 1
4 Elliott Brown OLB Senior 1
4 Billy Kemp IV WR Senior 1
5 Brennan Armstrong QB Junior 1
5 Chayce Chalmers DB Sophomore 1
6 Nick Jackson ILB Junior 1
7 Mike Hollins RB Sophomore 1
7 Noah Taylor OLB Senior 1
8 Darius Bratton CB Senior 1
9 Coen King DB Junior 2
10 Ben Smiley III DE Sophomore 2
11 Iraken Armstead QB Redshirt Freshman 2
13 Hunter Stewart OLB Sophomore 2
14 Antonio Clary DB Junior 1
15 Perris Jones CB Junior 2
16 Jacob Finn P Grad Student 2
17 Demick Starling WR Sophomore 2
18 Hayden Mitchell WR Senior 1
19 Olasunkonmi Agunloye DL Redshirt Freshman 2
20 Jonas Sanker DB Freshman 2
21 Wayne Taulapapa RB Senior 1
22 Elijah Gaines DB Redshirt Freshman 2
23 Fentrell Cypress II DB Sophomore 1
25 Jay Woolfolk QB Freshman 2
26 Devin Darrington RB Grad Student 2
28 Josh Ahern FS Sophomore 2
29 Joey Blount FS Senior 1
30 James Jackson OLB Freshman 2
31 Mike Green OLB Freshman 2
32 Ronnie Walker Jr. RB Senior 2
33 West Weeks ILB Freshman 2
44 Sackett Wood Jr. TE Sophomore 2
47 T.C. Harrison ILB Junior 2
52 Joe Bissinger OG Junior 1
54 Ryan Nelson OT Senior 1
55 Olusegun Oluwatimi C Senior 1
67 Derek Devine OT Junior 2
69 Chris Glaser OG Senior 1
70 Bobby Haskins OT Senior 1
72 Ryan Swoboda OT Senior 1
77 Noah Josey OL Freshman 2
81 Lavel Davis Jr. WR Sophomore 1
85 Grant Misch TE Junior 1
90 Jahmeer Carter DL Sophomore 1
91 Mandy Alonso DE Senior 1
94 Aaron Faumui DT Junior 1
95 Adeeb Atariwa DL Senior 1
98 Jacob Rodriguez QB Freshman 2
99 Keytaon Thompson QB/WR Senior 1

The Virginia football season gets underway next weekend as the Cavaliers host William & Mary on September 4. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm, and will be broadcast on the ACC Network.