The offensive line is set to replace all five starters from 2021. Coach Elliot must figure out immediately how to keep his lefty gunslinger Armstrong upright. Virginia enlisted a couple smart kids to transfer at OL. Mac Hollensteiner from Georgetown and John Paul Flores from Dartmouth. Flores officially transferred. Hollensteiner opted to go back to Georgetown. This group has more questions than it does answers.
Virginia hasn’t been the poster child for stout defensive play as of late. They shook hands with the Duke Blue Devils as the two worst statistical defenses in the ACC last year. UVA was thirteenth out of fourteen schools respectively giving up 466 yards a game. The only thing that was able to stop the hurricanes offense a year a go was the goal post.
When you have the 121st-ranked defense in the land something has to give. John Rudzinski now takes over as defensive coordinator in coach Elliot’s inaugural season. Rudzinski took flight for 14 seasons as a member of the Air Force coaching staff including the last four as defensive coordinator. The Falcons finished the 2021 campaign fourth in the nation in total defense.
Nick Jackson lead the team in 117 tackles last year and returns at linebacker. That is good. However similar to the hog molly side of the ball, the defensive side of the ball is void of some talent. 63% of its total sack production is gone. They graduated.
The Miami Hurricanes are more than likely coming off a win the week prior when they play Duke. (Not a trap) The University of Virginia is tucked right between the Blue Devils and the Seminoles. That is what makes this game trap-like. Your instate-rival ominously looms on the horizon and revenge is on your mind. But if you aren’t careful, Armstrong and company will throw you right out of their building. Trap index high. Virginia historically always plays the Hurricanes close.