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Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

December 16, 2002

Virginia: Beyond The Bowl

Departing Players

Starters (6):
LB Angelo Crowell, S Jerton Evans, WR Billy McMullen, OT Michael Mullins, S Shernard Newby, LB Merrill Robertson

Other Contributors:
S Alex Seals, S Chris Williams

2003 Returning Starters

Offense (8):

Pos. Name Ht./Wt. 2003 Class
QB Matt Schaub 6-5/235 Sr.
TB Wali Lundy 6-1/212 So.
WR Michael McGrew 6-2/200 Sr.
TE Heath Miller 6-5/256 So.
OL Brian Barthelmes 6-7/286 So.
OL Elton Brown 6-6/324 Jr.
OL D'Brick. Ferguson 6-5/265 So.
OL Zac Yarbrough 6-4/275 Jr.

Defense (6):

DT Andrew Hoffman 6-5/282 Jr.
DE Chris Canty 6-7/290 Jr.
DE Brennan Schmidt 6-3/274 So.
LB Darryl Blackstock 6-4/226 So.
CB Muffin Curry 5-8/178 Sr.
CB Jamaine Winborne 5-10/206 Sr.

Special Teams (1):

P Tom Hagan 6-2/176 So.

Other Tested Returnees

WR Ottowa Anderson, C Kevin Bailey (2001 starter), OL Brad Butler, OL Ben Carber, TE Patrick Estes, OL Mark Farrington, QB/PR Marques Hagans, PK Connor Hughes, RB Michael Johnson, FB Kase Luzar, RB Alvin Pearman, FB Jason Snelling, RB Marquis Weeks

LB Rich Bedesem, DE Braden Campbell, S Willie Davis, CB Jermaine Hardy, LB Raymond Mann, DE Kwakou Robinson, CB Art Thomas, DT Justin Walker, LB Bryan White

Projected 2003 Strengths

Coach Al Groh should have the most balanced offense in his three years at the Virginia helm, thanks to a veteran offensive line that welcomes back Bailey, who was considered one of the Cavaliers' best players before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the second game. Virginia boasts the ACC player of the year in Schaub, nearly a 70-percent passer as a junior, who should have greater speed in his receiving corps. Lundy, with more than 1,400 all-purpose yards, heads a deep and talented group of running backs. Blackstock, with an added 10-15 pounds of muscle, has All-America potential as an outside linebacker and pass rusher. Canty already is one of the ACC's top defensive linemen.

Projected 2003 Questions

The Cavaliers lose a trio of defensive players who each had more than 100 tackles in 2002: Crowell, Robertson and Evans. Much will be expected of a pair of prized 2002 signees, linebackers Ahmad Brooks and Kai Parham, neither of whom played this year. Brooks isn't even in school yet, although he is expected to enroll for the second semester. UVa has four returning cornerbacks with experience, but none is the shut-down type an elite defense needs. One of the starting safeties will be virtually untested. Despite all of its offensive firepower, UVa needs to establish a go-to receiver in the McMullen mold.