Tag: Special Teams

UVA special teams anything but special to this point

UVA leads the nation in punt returns. Yay! OK, slow your roll. The Cavs are averaging 26.0 yards per return, but it’s a small sample size that is the story. Six returns, one of them 74 for a touchdown against FCS William and Mary. Aside from that asterisk, the special teams have been anything other than special.


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Alabama-Ohio State: Another SEC-B1G mismatch?

We’ve seen this play out before. Ohio State runs through the Big Ten like a knife through melted butter, then matches up with an SEC team in the postseason, and turns into melted butter.


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Playoff Preview: Can Oregon run away from resilient Florida State?

Florida State almost seems to want you to get up big on them. Double digits? Psshaw. Two touchdowns? Three touchdowns? Don’t throw us in that briar patch.


Military Bowl Preview: Can Virginia Tech close out another winning season?

Virginia Tech kept its bowl streak alive with a 24-20 win over UVA a month ago on Black Friday. But another streak is on the line Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Military Bowl: 21 straight winning seasons for the Hokies, dating back to the start of the bowl streak in 1993.


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GameDay Preview: Can UVA football break long, long losing streak to Virginia Tech?

It will be 28 degrees in Blacksburg at 8 p.m. Friday. The good weather news for UVA football is that wind isn’t supposed to be a factor. The National Weather Service forecast is for light winds, less than 5 mph.


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Preview: How does UVA football fare in another must-win game?

Might the ‘Hoos be competitive on Saturday against a Miami team that UVA has had some success against in the London era, winning three of the four games in the series under London?


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Game Preview: Can UVA football pull the shocker at #2 Florida State?

Three weeks ago, when UVA was 4-2 at the midway point of what needed to be a turnaround season, it was plausible to think that the November game with #2 FSU could be competitive.


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Backs against the wall: Does UVA football come out swinging at Georgia Tech?

The margin of error is gone for UVA football coach Mike London, whose tenure as the Virginia Cavaliers head man is tenuous after a 28-27 loss to North Carolina last weekend.


Washington’s Kai Forbath named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in a Week 8 overtime win against the Dallas Cowboys.


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Can UVA football bounce back against improving UNC?

Two weeks ago, UVA football stock was up, UNC football stock was down. Virginia was 4-2 and alone atop the ACC Coastal Division, North Carolina was 2-3 and on its way to a sure beatdown at Notre Dame.


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How does UVA football match up with defending ACC Coastal champ Duke?

Duke football is riding about as high as you can get in that sport on that campus. A 5-1 start on the heels of a 10-win season that landed the Blue Devils in the 2013 ACC Championship Game and the Chick-fil-A Bowl is what David Cutcliffe has fans almost expecting now.


JMU football’s Lee, Moreland earn weekly honors

James Madison senior defensive lineman Brandon Lee (Sterling, Va./Park View) was honored Monday as The Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week,


UVA football midterm grades: Is an A possible?

A critic of Mike London commenting on Augusta Free Press this week pointed to the anemic offensive efficiency rating for the UVA offense in the ESPN Football Power Index. Yikes, yeah, 89th in the country among the 128 FBS teams. That’s bad, beyond bad.


Mercer edges VMI football, 27-24

An interception with less than two minutes to go thwarted a potential tying drive, as the Mercer Bears edged the VMI Keydets, 27-24, in Southern Conference football action Saturday in Lexington, Va.


JMU’s Miller, Moreland earn CAA football honors

James Madison University football freshmen Jimmy Moreland (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Royal Palm Beach) and John Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) were named Colonial Athletic Association Special Teams and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league announced Monday.


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Bridgewater College football looks for turnaround 2014

Following one of the roughest seasons in recent program history, the Bridgewater Eagles football team will need to find quick solutions on the offensive side of the ball and continue to build on a stout defense as the 2014 season approaches.


Press Conference: Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden talks with reporters at training camp in Richmond, Va., on July 26.


Four Richmond Raiders named to All-PIFL teams

Kicker T.C. Stevens and offensive lineman Kynneth Moses led four Richmond Raiders who were selected to the All-PIFL first and second teams, the league announced today.


Playoff hunt continues for Richmond Raiders

The Richmond Raiders will close out the home portion of the 2014 regular season against the Nashville Venom Saturday night in the teams’ first and only meeting of the year.


Richmond Raiders host Lehigh Valley Friday night

The Richmond Raiders will renew their National Conference rivalry with the Lehigh Valley SteelHawks on Friday, June 6.