Check back every Wednesday for the Cavaliers Report to get all the biggest Virginia headlines for each week, a recap of last week's game and a look ahead at next week's contest.
Virginia 1-3, (0-0) in the ACC
In the news
Tight end transfer: Highly touted tight end Chris Clark will transfer from UCLA. Ranked as a four-star player by Rivals, Clark was offered a scholarship by Virginia during his original recruitment and an initial report from Tom VanHaaren of ESPN has Virginia among four schools he is now considering. Syracuse may also be on that list now as Syracuse.com reports he will make an official visit there on Oct. 4.
Convincing Clark to come to Virginia may be a tough sell given how little the position seems to be utilized in Steve Fairchild's offense. Through four games, Evan Butts and Charlie Hopkins have combined for nine catches for the Cavaliers. That's already more than half of how many receptions tight ends had last season for Virginia as Zachary Swanson and Rob Burns hauled in 16.
Still, the fact that Virginia was included among the four schools Clark was considering must mean there is at least a chance.
Steve Spurrier on Greyson Lambert: Leave it to the ol' ball coach to give you a good quote. Steve Spurrier is under some fire for the state of the South Carolina football program and one criticism he has faced is that he is not recruiting highly rated quarterbacks. Spurrier had this to say in response:
Spurrier asked about signing highly rated QBs "Gosh, Georgia's quarterback is a kid that transferred in from Virginia."
— Matt Connolly (@MattatTheState) September 24, 2015
Lambert torched the Gamecocks with a record-setting performance in which he completed 24 of 25 passes for 330 yards. He may not have been a five-star recruit, but Lambert was a respectable three-star quarterback coming out of high school and received scholarship offers from Alabama, Georgia and even South Carolina before originally committing to Virginia.
Kerny named ACC Legend: Former Virginia defensive end Patrick Kerney was named Tuesday to the ACC's Class of 2015 Legends.
Kerney played at Virginia from 1995-98 and also played lacrosse for the Cavaliers for two years. He led the ACC in sacks with 15 in 1998 and tied the school record for sacks in a single-season set by Chris Slade in 1992. He went on to play 11 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.
Kerney and the other legends will be honored during the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 5.
Last week's game: 56-14 loss to Boise State
There's not much you can say about this game, the Cavaliers were just destroyed from start to finish in their worst game at home since getting blown out 59-10 by Clemson in 2013. Some fans had this game circled for Virginia's yearly big September win, but Boise State is not the type of program to overlook anyone as is evidenced by their many years of success.
The Cavaliers were down 17-0 before you could blink. They managed only 40 yards on the ground and gave up 447 yards of offense against a team playing a true freshman in his first start. Even if Boise State was the better team coming in, after keeping things close with Notre Dame there was hope Virginia could once again elevate their play at home in a night game. This matchup, however, was far less competitive than many were expecting. That does not bode well as UVa prepares to enter conference play.
This week: Bye week
Virginia has the week off which is either a good thing because it allows more time to recover from Friday's shellacking or a bad thing because it allows the loss to fester. With no opponent to preview, let's take stock of how Virginia looks at this point in the season.
With an early schedule against UCLA, Notre Dame and Boise State, it's not surprising to see the Cavaliers sitting at 1-3. What's concerning is not so much that they lost to three better teams, but the way they lost. The narrow lose to Notre Dame, though heart-breaking, was a performance the Cavaliers could build on. Instead, they had a very inconsistent performance in a narrow win over William & Mary and looked completely out-matched by Boise State.
This team's strength was thought to be its defense, but that has not been the case at this point. The Cavaliers are still feeling the loss of Max Valles, Eli Harold and Henry Coley as defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta's aggressive style has not been able to affect true freshman quarterbacks Josh Rosen or Brett Rypien. Virginia is currently ranked 101st in total defense and have not forced a single turnover yet in four games.
The picture seems a bit less bleak offensively not because the Cavaliers are faring much better statistically on that side of the ball (ranked 108th in total offense), but because Fairchild is seemingly adapting better than he has in the past.
Fairchild likes to run the ball between the tackles and in the past has done so to the team's detriment, continuing to dial up run after run even when Virginia was losing the battle in the trenches. This season, the team has been airing out the ball more. Though this may be strictly out of necessity -- Virginia's offensive line is not going to beat teams like UCLA or Notre Dame -- this provides the offense something to build on going forward. Canaan Severin has been by far the Cavaliers' best player this season, the offense needs to continue to find ways to get him the ball.
The schedule may not be as brutal going forward, but Virginia did little in their non-conference slate to suggest they can win five games in the ACC and finally break their bowl drought.
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