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UVA defense: London blows D up, starts over from scratch

You don’t want to look at where the UVA defense ranks among its ACC peers. That’s called a spoiler alert, because it ain’t pretty.

Defenseless: UVA D is a glaring weakness

UVA football relied on its defense as the Cavs fought their way through the 2014 season. The defense has been the weak link in the chain through the first two games of 2015, a key reason why Virginia is 0-2.

UVA defense looks to build, improve on solid 2014

UVA defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta could be wistful for what he doesn’t have coming back from his front seven. Eli Harold, Max Valles, Henry Coley, Daequan Romero are all gone from a unit that was fourth in the ACC with 34 sackes and held opponents to 120 yards rushing per game, also good for fourth in the league.

The difference? It was the UVA D

Offense was hard to come by for both UVA and #21 Louisville on Saturday. Neither team got past the 300-yard mark in total offense, and after the Cardinals marched down the field for a touchdown on their first drive, it was a slog the rest of the way.

Can UVA upset #21 Louisville? Heart says no, head says …

Try as I might, I can’t convince myself that UVA can pull it off this weekend against #21 Louisville.

Bottom line: Will UVA football turn it around in 2014?

Few outside Bryant Hall expect UVA football to win more than two or three games in 2014. The writing is on the wall. After a 2-10 meltdown in 2013, Mike London is about to be done. It would take seven, maybe eight wins, to save his hide at this point, and with one of the nation’s toughest schedules, with two games against preseason Top 10 teams, with the uber-competitive Coastal Division not giving anybody any layups, it’s just not going to be possible.

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UVA defense ready to shine in 2014?

The UVA defense finished 2012 ranked fourth in the ACC in total defense, giving up 353.3 yards per game under Jim Reid’s read-and-react scheme. The 2013 defensive unit regressed under Jon Tenuta, giving up 403.6 yards per game and finishing dead last in the ACC in scoring defense, surrendering 33.2 points per game.

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UVA players, coaches more comfortable: Can that aid big leap forward?

This time last year, with new coordinators on offense, defense and special teams, and new position coaches up and down the sidelines, UVA quarterback Greyson Lambert and his teammates were still trying to memorize the playbook.

Audio: Press Conference with UVA defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta

Audio from the press conference at UVA Football Media Day with defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta.

What UVa. football, Mike London, can learn from UVa. basketball, Tony Bennett

Plenty of talk swirling around Wahoo Nation these days about what Mike London can learn from the success of the UVa. basketball program under Tony Bennett.

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Mike London names Jerome ‘Jappy’ Oliver defensive line coach

Virginia head football coach Mike London announced today the hiring of Jerome “Jappy” Oliver as defensive line coach. Oliver replaces Vincent Brown, who resigned his position with the Virginia football program to accept a coaching position at Connecticut.

Chris Graham: How bad is Jon Tenuta’s defense? Worse than you thought

I’m not second-guessing the move to can Reid in favor of Jon Tenuta, who followed associate head coach Tom O’Brien to UVa. after O’Brien and his staff were let go by N.C. State last year. Reid’s defense ranked fourth in the ACC last year, which is to say, it wasn’t the Virginia defense that was to blame for last year’s 4-8 debacle.

Chris Graham: UVa. football is officially irrelevant

Duke has now taken five of its last six games against UVa., which is maybe not even arguably the worst program in the ACC now.

Press Conference: UVa. football coach Mike London

UVa. football coach Mike London talks with the media in advance of his team’s game on Saturday at Maryland.

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Lewis named special-teams coach at UVa.

Virginia head football coach Mike London announced on Saturday the hiring of long-time college coach Larry Lewis as the Cavaliers’ special teams coordinator and running backs coach. Lewis replaces Jeff Banks, who joined the UVa staff on Jan. 1 before resigning last week to pursue another coaching opportunity.

Former N.C. State coach O’Brien among additions to London’s UVa. football staff

Virginia head football coach Mike London announced today the hiring of four assistant coaches to fill the vacancies on the Cavalier staff. Joining the Virginia football program are former NC State and Boston College head coach Tom O’Brien, 32-year college coaching veteran Jon Tenuta and 12-year college special teams coach Jeff Banks. Former UVa quarterback Marques Hagans has been promoted to a full-time position after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Virginia the past two seasons.