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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Best Virginia Offensive Player

QB Bryce Perkins, Jr.
No pressure, new guy. Just be amazing, and carry the entire offense on your shoulders. If his terrific  offseason was any indication, he can handle it.

The 6-3, 215-pound former Arizona Sun Devil went the JUCO route last season after getting hurt and never seeing the field in Tempe. And now he’s more than ready to be the face of the franchise for the next two seasons, with good size, a big arm, and terrific mobility – he’s the the brother of former UCLA star and current NFL running back, Paul Perkins.

2. WR/RB Olamide Zaccheaus, Sr.
3. RB Jordan Ellis, Sr.
4. TE Evan Butts, Sr.
5. OG RJ Proctor, Jr.

Best Virginia Defensive Player

LB Chris Peace, Sr.
A bit under the radar with Micah Kiser and Quin Blanding the stars of the defense last season, Peace still managed to come through with an All-ACC season, finishing fourth the team with 68 tackles with 7.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss.

One of the ACC’s most disruptive forces, he’s a 6-2, 245-pound hybrid on the outside. Consistent, he’ll be the main man again to get into the backfield, and he’ll combine with Jordan Mack as the new stars of the good-looking veteran D.

2. LB Jordan Mack, Jr.
3. S Juan Thornhill, Sr.
4. S Brenton Nelson, Soph.
5. P Lester Denis, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

RB Jordan Ellis, Sr. 
Of course, Perkins is the key to the season – the Cavs are sunk if he isn’t the quarterback who can carry the team. But the nation’s third-worst rushing attack needs help, and that starts with a line that needs to block better, and helped by Ellis, a good, veteran speed rusher with the upside to pump up big numbers with a little room to move.

He ran for 836 yards and six scores, but he only averaged 3.89 yards per carry. If he’s averaging closer to five, the offense will start to work.

Key Game To The Virginia Season

Louisville, Sept. 22
The Cavaliers need to set an early tone by avenging the 34-17 loss to Indiana – but that’s in Bloomington, and it’s a non-conference battle. Beating Louisville in the ACC opener would be a big moment for the Cavaliers, losing last season by 17 and dropping three straight in the series. With NC State and Miami to follow, there will be a big problem if they can’t take care of the home win.

2017 Virginia Fun Stats

– Fumbles: Virginia 24 (lost 8) – Opponents 15 (lost 3)
– Rushing TDs: Opponents 25 – Virginia 10
– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 15-of-26 (58%) – Virginia 11-of-28 (39%)

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