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Report Card: Grading out Virginia’s 55-15 win over Abilene Christian

Quarterback: A

uva footballThis one is easy. Brennan Armstrong (PFF grade: 93.7) had a career day: 16-of-23 passing, 383 yards, three TDs, plus 52 yards on six carries on the ground.

Lindell Stone (PFF grade: 68.4) was 5-of-5 for 23 yards and a TD in relief.

Tailbacks: B

They just don’t get used all that much.

  • Shane Simpson (PFF grade: 66.7) had two short rushing touchdowns, but only got four carries for nine yards on the day.
  • Wayne Taulapapa (PFF grade: 59.9) had four yards on three carries.
  • Ronnie Walker Jr. (PFF grade: 57.4) got 14 carries, but only went for 36 yards.

Another day where the starting QB led the team in rushing.

Wideouts/tight ends: A

One drop for the group on 28 pass attempts.


  • Big day for Tony Poljan (PFF grade: 91.8): five catches on seven targets, 77 yards, one TD.
  • Slot receiver Billy Kemp IV (PFF grade: 78.0) had four catches on four targets for 69 yards.
  • Freshman Demick Starling (PFF grade: 73.2) had two catches on two targets for 11 yards and a TD (the one from Stone).
  • Grad transfer Ra’Shaun Henry (PFF grade: 61.2) only catches touchdowns: his one catch was a 52-yard TD. He has three catches this season: all three are TD catches.

Offensive line: B

Downgrading because the line allowed seven pressures.

Thirteen linemen got snaps. That’s how this one was supposed to go.

  • Right tackle Ryan Swoboda (PFF grade: 67.8): 26 snaps, no pressures.
  • Right guard Chris Glaser (PFF grade: 65.0): 41 snaps, 1 pressure.
  • Center Olusegun Olawitimi (PFF grade: 63.2): 39 snaps, 1 pressure.
  • Left guard Joe Bissinger (PFF grade: 59.4): 42 snaps, no pressures.
  • Left tackle Ryan Nelson (PFF grade: 56.7): 35 snaps, 1 pressure.

Defensive front: A

UVA held Abilene Christian to 62 yards rushing and registered 26 QB pressures.

Key players:

  • Outside linebacker Matt Gahm (PFF grade: 80.6): four tackles, four pressures, one sack, one pass breakup.
  • Outside linebacker Elliott Brown (PFF grade: 75.7): three tackles, four pressures, one pass breakup.
  • Defensive end Mandy Alonso (PFF grade: 74.9): one tackle, four pressures.
  • Inside linebacker Zane Zandier (PFF grade: 73.5): seven tackles, two pressures.
  • Outside linebacker Noah Taylor (PFF grade: 73.0): two tackles, three pressures.
  • Outside linebacker D’Sean Perry (PFF grade: 70.7): one tackle, one pressure, INT return for TD.
  • Defensive end Adeeb Atariwa (PFF grade: 70.6): two tackles.

Secondary: B+

Abilene Christian threw for 278 yards on 28-of-45 passing.


  • Corner De’Vante Cross (PFF grade: 69.0): two tackles, one catch on two targets in 33 coverage snaps for 6 yards.
  • Corner Nick Grant (PFF grade: 67.0): one tackle, one catch on two targets in 22 coverage snaps for 20 yards.
  • Safety Coen King (PFF grade: 59.0): five tackles, five catches on six targets in 33 coverage snaps for 40 yards.
  • Safety Antonio Clary (PFF grade: 57.0): three tackles, four catches on four targets in 30 coverage snaps for 24 yards.
  • Safety D’Angelo Amos (PFF grade: 44.1): three tackles, one catch on five targets in 38 coverage snaps for -2 yards, one penalty.

Special Teams: B

  • Kickoff specialist Justin Duenkel (PFF grade: 68.9): eight kickoffs, five touchbacks, one fair catch, 43 return yards.
  • Placekicker Brian Delaney (PFF grade: 65.9): 7-for-7 on extra points.
  • Punter Nash Griffin (PFF grade: 60.0): two punts, 37.0 yard average, no return yards allowed.
  • Punt returner Billy Kemp IV fair-caught all four of Abilene Christian’s punts.
  • Kick returner Perris Jones (PFF grade: 59.9) had one return for 16 yards.

Story by Chris Graham

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