2009 Virginia Cavaliers Football Preview
2009 Virginia Cavaliers season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Virginia Cavaliers football preview as well as the 2009 Virginia Cavaliers Football Schedule. When betting on college football against the bookmakers odds dont dismiss our NCAA football picks to help build your bankroll this year.
Coach: Al Groh (9th year at Virginia)
Team Name: Cavaliers
2008 Overall Record: 5-7
Returning Starters: 11
Last year, the Virginia Tech Cavaliers (5- 7 overall, 3- 5 ACC Coastal) ended the season in fifth-place and out of bowl contention. Making it the second time since 2002 that the Cavs missed the bowl season. Will they be out of the running once again in 2009?
The Cavs were ranked 114th in points last season. Only five other teams scored fewer and every one of those clubs hired new coaches. But Virginia still has Al Groh running things. At least thus far they do. There is a new offensive coordinator—Gregg Brandon formerly head coach of Bowling Green. He should shake things up. It’s doubtful that Marc Verica will continue as the team’s QB. Verica threw 16 picks and just eight touchdowns last season. Vic Hall, a senior who has played corner and running back, is an amazing athlete who seems to be the prime candidate for QB. None of the starters on the pass catching squad are back. Sophomore wideout Jared Green (12 REC, 144 YDs, 12.0 YPC, 1 TD) and freshman receiver Javaris Brown look to be the club’s primary receivers. They are highly talented. Senior tailback Mikell Simpson (87 CAR, 262 YDs, 3 TDs) will start this season after being slowed by injuries last year. He can run with and catch the ball. The offensive line, which returns four starters, must somehow replace All-American left tackle Eugene Monroe. That won’t be easy.
On defense, the 3-4 scheme leans heavily on its linebackers. This year the linebacking ranks are thin with senior Denzell Burrel (48 tackles) being the primary anchor. Matt Conrath, who was a Freshman All-American last year, is back at defensive end. He posted 35 tackles and 5 sacks in 2008. The secondary is rich and includes corners Ras-l Dowling (43 tackles, 3 INTs) and Chris Cook. Sophomore Corey Mosely (46 tackles) is back at free safety while there’s solid competition for the other safety spot. The Cavalier defense gave up just 21.7 PPG last year, ranking them 38th in the nation. Expect the same in 2009.
The special teams have under-performed. New coordinator Ron Prince, who is the former headman at Kansas, has been hired to upgrade this area. On kick returns, Chase Minnifield was effective, notching 23.3 YPR. But the punt return game offers very little. Both kicker and punter positions are in need of range and accuracy.
Groh’s (56- 44 over eight years at Virginia) job as head coach may be up for grabs after this season. In two of the last three seasons, Groh has led the team to measly five-win seasons and the club has posted a winning record in just three of his eight years at Virginia. The schedule starts out fairly light with the opener on September 5 against William & Mary. TCU, a Mountain West Conference team, is next. The Big Ten’s Indiana will be a test on October 10. October 17 versus Maryland could be a “W.” The Cavs will be desperately challenged this season. Another fifth-place finish and no post-season venue are fairly certain. Then again if Hall can work some magic at QB Virginia could be the sleeper in this division.
Virginia Cavaliers Football Schedule
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