Losing Canty Hurts Cavs

Facing a bye week, Virginia will have a little more to work on than the Cavaliers (4-0, 1-0 ACC) originally had planned because of the loss of DE Chris Canty to a season-ending knee injury.

With an Oct. 7 date against Clemson their next outing, the Cavaliers will work junior DE Kwakou Robinson in the lineup to replace Canty, who was hurt midway through Saturday's victory over Syracuse. Freshman Chris Johnson and Chris Long are projected for more playing time as backups.

Robinson is not new to the role. As a freshman in 2002 he started the first five games of the season while Canty was recovering from a broken leg suffered in the spring, and he started in the Continental Tire Bowl that season when Canty was out with an injury.

He ended the season with 34 tackles, including two for negative yardage, in 11 games, having missed time because of illness.

As a backup in 2003 Robinson had 24 tackles in 13 games. This season he has five tackles in a backup role.

Canty was leading the Cavaliers in tackles and still leads in tackles for loss (7). He had nine tackles against Temple, four against North Carolina, a season-high 10 against Akron and five against Syracuse before his injury. He led ACC defensive linemen in tackles a year ago and was 15th overall among conference defenders while averaging eight stops per game.

"Chris is one of the guys who have built the heart of the team," coach Al Groh said. "He has a great passion for football and his teammates. That will be missed even more than his playmaking ability. He has been a great player for the Cavaliers."

After the game against Clemson, the Cavaliers will hit the road for the first time since their opener, going to Florida State Oct. 16.

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