Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Virginia Cavaliers season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Virginia Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 8-5 overall, 4-4
Head Coach: Bronco Mendenhall, 4th year, 16-22
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRGINIA OFFENSE
– That’s how it’s supposed to work. 2002 was the last time the Virginia offense scored more points, even though the team finished tenth in the ACC in total and scoring offense. But it was careful with the ball, it controlled the clock and tempo – it only seemed like it was always on the field, leading the conference in third down conversions. There’s enough talent returning to do it all again, starting with …
– Bryce Perkins might not be the best quarterback in the ACC – there’s that guy over at Clemson – but he’s the league’s leading returner in total offense. In his first year at the helm, he turned into the perfect fit with 923 rushing yards to go along with an efficient season through the air. Considering how many shots Perkins takes, the combination of Brennan Armstrong and Lindell Stone have to be ready.
– Perkins will be one of the team’s leading rushers, and it’ll take a rotation to make up for the loss of 1,026-yard back Jordan Ellis. The 230-pound PK Kier will be the main man when healthy – he was banged up in spring ball – but 5-9, 200-pound shifty sophomore Wayne Taulapapa was one of the stars of the offseason. There will be more of a rotation than last season, and the more Perkins doesn’t have to carry the ball, the better.
– 93-catch Olamide Zaccheaus is gone, but the next four wide receivers from last season are all back. The 6-3, 215-pound Hasise Dubios made 52 grabs, but it was 6-1, 215-pound senior Joe Reed who who took the top off defenses averaging 18.6 yards per pop. Perkins will spread the ball around a bit more.
– The offensive line will shuffle things around a wee bit. Three starters are back from a group that was a bit better than the stats – Perkins’ mobility had a lot to do with the tackles for loss.
The hope is for former Air Force transfer Victor Oluwatimi to be hold down the starting center job, and for Penn State grad transfer Alex Gellerstedt to be solid at one of the tackle gigs. That would make the guard situation a rock with Chris Glaser and Dillion Reinkensmeyer two steady veterans.