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Virginia Football loses Defensive End Mandy Alonso to Injury

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Virginia Defense takes yet another hit.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - NOVEMBER 4: Brenton Nelson #28 and Mandy Alonso #91 of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrate a stop in the fourth quarter during a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Scott Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Virginia defeated Georgia Tech 40-36. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)
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Virginia Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall revealed on his weekly radio show on Wednesday night that sophomore defensive end Mandy Alonso will be out for the remainder of the season due to injuries sustained in the second half of last week’s matchup against Pitt.

Alonso left the game in the second half, only to return on the sidelines on crutches. As of Tuesday, according to co-defensive coordinator Kelly Poppinga, Alonso had a brace on his left knee and was still awaiting test results.

Friday’s 23-13 loss to Pitt led to multiple injuries on the defensive side of the ball, including safeties Juan Thornhill, Joey Blount, and Brenton Nelson. Their statuses are still anywhere from probable (Thornhill) to doubtful (Nelson) or unlikely (Blount) for Saturday against the Liberty Flames.

Alonso has started in five of his nine appearances in 2018. He recorded a season-high four tackles against Pitt (1 solo, 3 assist). On the season, he’s had 21 tackles, 2.5 of which were for losses, and 1.5 sacks for 14 yards of loss.

Virginia and Liberty kick off at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday in a game that bears no impact on the ACC Coastal race, but that is important to win as the Hoos head into a tough two-game road stretch.