Cavaliers Report: Here come the Irish


Cavaliers Report: Here come the Irish

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 0-1, (0-0) in the ACC

In the news

Line injuries: Mike London announced on Monday that offensive linemen Jake Fieler and Eric Tetlow both underwent season-ending surgeries prior to the opener against UCLA. Fieler was considered in the mix to start at right tackle for the Cavaliers while Tetlow was the team's backup center.

Lambert's Georgia debut: Georgia opened up with a 51-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe in the first start for former Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert. Lambert completed 8 of 12 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

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Famous fan: When you play a game in Los Angeles, you may see some famous faces in the crowd. One notable actor took the time to visit with Virginia on their trip to the Rose Bowl.

John David Washington from the HBO show "Ballers" took the time to visit with receivers coach Marques Hagans. The two became friends when they both played for the Rams in 2006.

NFL News: Max Valles did not get the NFL contract he was perhaps hoping for after being cut by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, but the team did sign him to their practice squad on Monday. Safety Anthony Harris was among the Saturday cuts in Minnesota, but was also signed to the practice squad by the Vikings.

Last week's game: 34-16 loss to UCLA

See the 5 big takeaways from this game here.

Virginia was able to keep things close last year, but UCLA came into this game with one of the best teams in the nation and they looked like it on Saturday. True freshman quarterback Josh Rosen stole all the headlines in a stellar debut with 351 passing yards and three touchdowns.

The 'Hoos had little success in the areas in which they like to concentrate: rushing offense and the pass rush. Virginia managed only 98 yards on the ground and sacked Rosen once.

The Bruins also apparently hit pretty hard as fullback Vince Croce can attest.

Next game vs. No. 9 Notre Dame, Sat. 3:30 p.m. ET


Things do not get any easier this week for Virginia. Though the Cavaliers have won four out of five home openers in the Mike London era, they will face a tall task against No. 9 Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish cruised in their opener, easily defeating Texas 38-3. Matt Johns will have his work cut out for him trying to solve a defense that allowed only 163 total yards and forced eight three-and-outs.

Daniel Hamm returns to help Virginia's running game this week, after being limited to only special teams against UCLA due to a wrist injury. The Cavaliers will need to get more out of Taquan Mizzell to keep the pressure off Johns. Mizzel was limited to just 45 yards by UCLA.

The defense struggled to get pressure on the stationary Rosen and now must figure out a way to get to the much more mobile Malik Zaire. Zaire was phenomenal last week with 313 yards and three touchdowns, but he may be expected to carry even more of the load for the Irish with the injury to starting running back Taurean Folston.

Notre Dame's depth at running back was a question mark heading into the season and now it will be put to the test with Folston out for the season with a torn MCL. Virginia's best chance in slowing down the Irish is to shutdown the run and force them into a more one-dimensional offense.

Zaire was great last week, but is he a good enough passer to win without the benefit of a strong rush attack? That's the question Virginia needs to force Notre Dame to answer if they have any shot at the upset.

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.