A Closer Look: Virginia

The Hurricanes will travel to take on Virginia this weekend. Lets take a closer look at what the Cavs have been all about this season.

Virginia is 4-6 on the season. After starting the season 4-2 they've now dropped four straight games. They are, however, coming off a bye week and have given the Canes trouble in recent years.

QB: Sophomore Greyson Lambert was the starter at the beginning of the season but then missed a few games in the middle. He's completing 60-percent of his passes this season and has thrown for 1,275 yards, eight touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Lambert, a 6-foot-5 gunslinger, is a former four-star recruit from the state of Georgia and someone the Hurricanes offered out of high school.

RB: Senior Kevin Parks is only 5-foot-8 but he's been a productive player for them for a long time now and has done well against the Hurricanes in recent years. He has 669 yards rushing and four scores on the season. He's also a skilled pass-catcher and has 28 receptions on the season.

WR: Canaan Severin has been Virginia's best wide receiver this season. He has 31 catches for 441 yards and four scores. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, he's more of a possession receiver. Darius Jennings is their speed guy on the outside. At 5-foot-11, he has 24 catches for 466 yards and two scores on the season.

TE: Zachary Swanson is the top guy here but their tight ends are known more for their blocking ability. Swanson has 10 catches on the season and one touchdown.

OL: This unit has been better in pass protection this season. The ground game is only averaging 3.8 yards per attempt this season but they've given up just 12 sacks in 10 games. In fact, their sack numbers are among the better ones in all of college football.

DL: Their defensive front is led by junior defensive end Eli Harold. He's one of the top pass rushers in all of college football and will give Ereck Flowers another major test. He has seven sacks on the season and has made a total of 13 plays behind the line of scrimmage. He wears number 7 and Miami could use extra help at times to contain him. He's the type of player who can cause a lot of problems for opposing offenses.

LB: Henry Coley is their main guy here. He plays the middle and makes a whole bunch of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He has 68 tackles on the season and 12.5 have been behind the line of scrimmage. His eight sacks leads the team. He's very active and will be among the top linebackers Miami faces all season.

DB: The strength of their entire team, the secondary is very good and is led by two premier players in freshman Quin Blanding and senior Anthony Harris. Both are safeties. Miami and everyone else in America recruited Blanding hard last year so it's no surprise that he's playing at such a high level right now. He leads the team with 102 tackles and has the ability to make plays all over the field. Harris brings a lot of experience and is the team's second leading tackler with 92. Both players have a pair of interceptions and numerous pass breakups.

ST: Ian Frye is 17-of-20 on field goals this season with a long of 47. Anytime the Cavs get down near the 30, he has a chance to put points on the board. Jennings will be one of the top kick return specialists the Canes face this season. He's among the nation's best with a 27-yard average. He had an 86-yard return earlier this season.

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