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Virginia 1-3, (0-0) in the ACC
In the news
Cavs lose Doull, Levrone for the season: The school released an injury report on Monday revealing that offensive guard Ryan Doull, wide receiver Andre Levrone, linebacker Jahvonni Simmons, offensive tackle Jake Fieler and center Eric Tetlow are out for the season.
Doull suffered a concussion last season against Pittsburgh and has not played since. He has struggled to overcome his concussion symptoms.
Levrone is dealing with a lower back injury that has kept him out since the UCLA game.
Good to go: The news isn't all bad on the injury front. Cornerback Demetrious Nicholson will return after missing the Boise State game due to medical reasons. The Cavaliers will need him in the secondary as they prepare to face Tyler Boyd.
Receiver Doni Dowling has also been cleared to play. Dowling had surgery in February to repair a torn ACL.
Two-star tight end Christian Baumgardner, three-star running back Tre Harbison and two-star defensive end Matt Terrell will all enroll early and join the team next semester. Star ratings based on player ratings from Rivals.com.
This week: Virginia at Pittsburgh, Sat. 12:30 p.m.
The Cavaliers open their conference slate with a trip to Pittsburgh, hoping they fare better than their in-state rivals did at the hands of the Panthers last week.
You may be expecting a much better performance from Virginia just because of the level of competition. WIth all due respect to Pittsburgh, the Panthers are not the same level of team as UCLA, Notre Dame or Boise State. Defensively, however, the Panthers are just as good as anyone in the nation.
Pittsburgh enters this game ranked fourth in total defense coming off a week in which they held Virginia Tech to only 100 yards, nine on the ground. That does not bode well for a Virginia team that has struggled to establish their rush attack this season. The Cavaliers currently rank 123rd in rush yards per game.
The pass rush is one of the major strengths of the Pittsburgh defense, so expect Taquan Mizzell to get involved in the passing game again as Matt Johns will need a quick outlet to get the ball to.
Offensively the Panthers boast one of the top receiver in the conference if not the nation in Tyler Boyd. Virginia is allowing just over 285 yards per game which means Boyd could have a big day. The good news for the Cavaliers is that there is an opportunity in this game for their pass attack to finally generate some pressure. The Panthers have struggled to protect quarterbacks Nate Peterman and Chad Voytik. Generating pressure is essential to Jon Tenuta's aggressive defense and their inability to do so this year is a major reason for the unit's struggles.
Will Virginia see two quarterbacks from the Panthers? Possibly. Both quarterbacks have appeared in each of Pittsburgh's first four games, but Voytik's role seems to be diminishing. His pass attempts have decreased in each game with none last week as his only contribution to his team's efforts was five carries for 37 yards.
Pittsburgh came into last week's game wanting to get Voytik carries because Virginia Tech struggles against mobile quarterbacks. Virginia, on the other hand, has struggled against pocket quarterbacks. Boise State also had two quarterbacks to choose from and leaned heavily on pocket passer Brett Rypien. Obviously, the Broncos found successdoing so. Voytik will likely get few snaps if any on Saturday.
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