Cavaliers Report: A thorn in Miami's side


Cavaliers Report: A thorn in Miami's side

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 3-5, (2-2) in the ACC

In the news

Blanding earns ACC honor: Sophomore safety Quin Blanding was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his performance against Georgia Tech. Blanding recorded 15 tackles against the Yellow Jackets, seven in the fourth quarter. He also broke up two tackles including a fourth-down play on Georgia Tech's last offensive drive.

Virginia adds two early enrollees: Mike London announced on Oct. 28 that two members of the 2016 recruiting class will enroll early and participate in spring practice. Placekicker Holland Corbett and linebacker Kenneth Ruff will join Christian Baumgardner, Tre Harbison and Matt Terrell in attending Virginia in January.

Brooks commits: Defensive end Christian Brooks committed to Virginia on Saturday. The standout out of Centreville high school is rated a two-star recruit by Rivals. Brooks also had offers from California, Miami (FL) and Old Dominion among others.

London issues statement on Beamer's retirement: Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer will retire at the end of the season. In the wake of the news, coaches around the country issued statements about the future hall-of-famer including London. You can read his statement here.

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Last week's game: 27-21 win over Georgia Tech

Read the recap of the game here.

The Cavaliers earned their most impressive victory of the season on Saturday over Georgia Tech.

Despite the Yellow Jackets' vaunted triple option, Virginia was able to limit Georgia Tech to 144 rushing yards. Only Clemson has held them to fewer rush yards this season. Virginia actually out-rushed Georgia Tech with 233 yards of their own. Taquan Mizzell and Daniel Hamm combined for 117 yards and the team also got key acquisitions from Olamide Zaccheaus (68 yards on four carries) and Albert Reid (32 yards on seven carries).

After another impressive performance, it is now safe to say that Mizzell is the team's biggest offensive weapon. Along with his 75 rushing yards, he added five catches for 33 yards. At the start of the season, wide receiver Canaan Severin looked like the team's main weapon, but Virginia's inconsistent pass attack has limited Severin's impact. In recent weeks, Mizzell has stepped up to provide the spark the offense so desperately needed.

This week: Virginia vs. Georgia Tech, Sat. 3:00 p.m.


Week 2 of the post Al Golden era in Miami will be hard to top after the Hurricanes' miraculous win over Duke. Sure, Miami's game-winning lateral play shouldn't have counted, but let's not get bogged down in details or rules. They still get to add one to the win column.

The big story to keep an eye on heading into Saturday's game is the status of Miami's Brad Kaaya. The sophomore quarterback missed last week's game due to a concussion and his status for Saturday's game is uncertain. When healthy, he is one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC and that could spell trouble for a Virginia secondary that ranks 87th in the nation in pass defense.

Offensively, you can expect a game plan similar to what we've seen in the past two weeks from Virginia not just because it has been effective, but because of Miami's defense. The Hurricanes rank 101st in the nation in rush defense. Against the pass, however, Miami boasts a secondary full of playmakers. Cornerback Artie Burns has five interceptions on the season. As a team, Virginia has only one. Matt Johns may struggle again to get Severin the ball which means the Hurricanes should expect a healthy dose of Smoke Mizzell.

London has not had much success against ACC opponents in his tenure at Virginia, but the one team he always seems to beat is Miami. UVa has won four of the teams' last five meetings against the Hurricanes. For whatever reason, Virginia just seems to matchup well against Miami. We are about to find out just how much Golden had to do with that.

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats


Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.


Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.


The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

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.