Preview 2018: Virginia Cavaliers. Get Ready To Be Shocked Again

Preview 2018: Virginia Cavaliers. Get Ready To Be Shocked Again

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Preview 2018: Virginia Cavaliers. Get Ready To Be Shocked Again

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What You Need To Know About The Virginia Offense

– The offense might have been last in the ACC, but it was effective enough. The Cavaliers averaged 342 yards and 22.5 points per game, but that’s mostly because of a running game that went absolutely nowhere. Jordan Ellis led the team with 836 yards and six scores, but he averaged under four yards per carry for a team that averaged a mere 3.13 yards per pop.

Ellis is back along with speedy receiver Olamide Zaccheaus – who was second on the team with 182 yards – but even with a decent rotation, the offense needs a workhorse. It needs Ellis to be amazing, but it all needs …

– The offensive line has to be a whole lot stronger. It wasn’t all that bad in pass protection, but there wasn’t any sort of a push for the backs. Both starting tackles have to be replaced, but the interior is relatively settled. However, there’s going to be plenty of moving around with a few parts to play around with, but without a whole lot of depth. The biggest key to the running game, and the offense, though, is …

– The offense might have lost Kurt Benkert, but the quarterback position got an upgrade. Benkert carried the offense throughout last season as a veteran passer who did what he could with the stagnant attack. However, Arizona State transfer Bryce Perkins is more of the right fit for what Bronco Mendenhall wants. Now, the Cavaliers have a dual-threat option who might not be the passer Benkert was, but can move.

Zaccheaus is the all-star receiver who’ll be the No. 1 target again in the slot, but it’ll be up to TE Evan Butts to be even more of a factor, and the rest of the receivers have to rise up. Joe Reed caught 23 passes last year, and Terrell Jana has promise on the outside.

Biggest Key To The Virginia Offense

The ground game has to start doing something right. It was too easy to rely on a great defense and Benkert, but the attack fizzled and flopped over the second half of the season.

The Cavs can’t survive without controlling the clock and controlling the tempo, and they can’t get back to a bowl game scoring 21 points or fewer seven times again.

Last year, the offense failed to rush for more than 171 yards and only hit the 100-yard mark five times. There weren’t any rushing scoring seven of the last nine games, and the ground game never got to four yards per carry against anyone in the ACC. This is where Perkins has to make a huge difference.

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