After the dominating home win over Duke, the Virginia Cavaliers head back on the road to face the Louisville Cardinals in another important ACC matchup. Ahead of that game, Coach Bronco Mendenhall and staff has released an updated depth chart, shown below:
#UVa’s depth chart ahead of the game at Louisville this weekend. pic.twitter.com/119uCcs6na— Brad Franklin (@Cavs_Corner) October 21, 2019
There is only one change from last week’s depth chart, but it’s a big one. Backup QB Brennan Armstrong, sidelined since the FSU game with a toe injury, is back on the depth chart. Armstrong was not listed on the depth chart last week, but game time reports said he was available. He did not play, as Lindell Stone took a few garbage time snaps.
After the game, Coach Mendenhall mentioned that he was more comfortable having Bryce Perkins run, knowing that Armstrong was ready behind him.
Bryce Perkins rushed the ball 19 times in the first half against Duke. Bronco Mendenhall says the Cavaliers are more willing to run Perkins now that backup quarterback Brennan Armstrong is healthy again.— Bennett Conlin (@BennettConlin) October 21, 2019
Perkins rushed a season high 22 times (19 in the first half) for 62 yards and 3 TDs. Perkins’ running is very important to the Virginia offense. It’s one more thing the defense needs to fear and it also provides an extra blocker in comparison to when a RB has the ball.
The entire rest of the depth chart is unchanged from last week, with De’Vante Cross and Fentrell Cypress remaining in Bryce Hall’s spot. Dejon Brissett is listed as a backup WR, but freshman Dontayvion Wicks had his first career reception against Duke.
Virginia’s top three of Joe Reed, Hasise Dubois and Terrell Jana seems very entrenched right now. If Brissett and Wicks are neck and neck right now, those snaps need to go to Wicks. Brissett is approaching the end of his college career, while Wicks is just beginning his. It’s disappointing for Brissett, who had a lot of promise coming in after his transfer from Richmond. An injury prior to the season cost his time, and he’s been playing catch up ever since.
Stay tuned for continuing coverage of the Louisville matchup all week.