2015 Virginia Cavaliers football team

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2015 Virginia Cavaliers football
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Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Coastal Division
2015 record 4–8 (3–5 ACC)
Head coach Mike London (6th season)
Offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta (3rd season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Scott Stadium
(Capacity: 61,500)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 2 Clemson x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 14 Florida State   6 2         10 3  
Louisville   5 3         8 5  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Boston College   0 8         3 9  
Coastal Division
No. 15 North Carolina x   8 0         11 3  
Pittsburgh   6 2         8 5  
Miami   5 3         8 5  
Duke   4 4         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         4 8  
Georgia Tech   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 45, North Carolina 37
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 12, 2016; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cavaliers were led by sixth year head coach Mike London and played their home games at Scott Stadium. They were members of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 4–8, 3–5 in ACC play to finish in sixth place in the Coastal Division.

On November 29, head coach Mike London resigned.[1] He finished at Virginia with a six year record of 27–46.

Last season[edit]

The 2014 Cavaliers finished with a record of 5–7, 3–5 in ACC play to finish in a three way tie for fifth place in the Coastal Division.

Roster[edit]

2015 Virginia Cavaliers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 50 Jackson Matteo Jr
C 60 John Pond Sr
C 68 Eric Tetlow So
C 78 R.J. Proctor Fr
FB 41 Connor Wingo-Reeves Jr
FB 47 Vincent Croce (C) Sr
OG 62 Sean Karl Jr
OG 63 Ryan Doull Jr
OG 65 Ross Burbank (C) Sr
OG 66 Patrick Kidd Fr
OG 70 Steven Moss RFr
OG 71 Jack McDonald So
OT 52 Grant Polk Fr
OT 61 Trenton Jenkins Fr
OT 64 Jake Fieler RFr
OT 67 Jack English So
OT 72 Eric Smith Jr
OT 74 Ryan Bischoff Fr
OT 75 Sadiq Olanrewaju Jr
OT 76 Michael Mooney Jr
OT 77 Jay Whitmire Sr
QB 2 Connor Brewer Jr
QB 3 Corwin Cutler RFr
QB 6 Nick Johns Fr
QB 7 Joe Spaziani RFr
QB 11 Hunter Byrnes Fr
QB 15 Matt Johns Jr
QB 18 Andrew Mackay So
RB 4 Taquan Mizzell Jr
RB 5 Albert Reid Jr
RB 10 Jordan Ellis RFr
RB 22 Daniel Hamm So
RB 25 Chris Sharp Fr
RB 26 Anthony Calloway So
RB 30 LaChaston Smith Jr
RB 33 Olamide Zaccheaus Fr
TE 16 Brendan Marshall So
TE 44 Tanner Cowley Fr
TE 45 Evan Butts RFr
TE 86 Charlie Hopkins Sr
TE 87 Richard Burney Fr
TE 89 Rob Burns Sr
WR 1 Warren Craft Fr
WR 8 T.J. Thorpe Sr
WR 9 Canaan Severin (C) Sr
WR 14 Andre Levrone So
WR 17 Kyle Dockins Jr
WR 19 Doni Dowling So
WR 23 Umar Muhammad-Wyatt RFr
WR 37 Braedon Urie RFr
WR 81 Jamall Brown Jr
WR 82 David Eldridge Fr
WR 83 Ben Hogg RFr
WR 84 Ross Gardner RFr
WR 85 Keeon Johnson Jr
WR 88 Ryan Santoro So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Demetrious Nicholson Sr
DB 2 Kirk Garner So
DB 5 Tim Harris Jr
DB 7 Kareem Gibson Fr
DB 11 Divante Walker Jr
DB 13 Myles Robinson Fr
DB 26 Maurice Canady Sr
DB 39 Darious Latimore RFr
DE 6 Darrious Carter RFr
DE 31 Chris Peace RFr
DE 32 Mike Moore Sr
DE 34 Kwontie Moore Sr
DE 43 Trent Corney Sr
DE 94 Naji Abdullah Fr
DE 96 Steven Wright Fr
DT 9 Andrew Brown So
DT 55 David Dean (C) Sr
DT 56 Andre Miles-Redmond Jr
DT 57 James Trucilla Fr
DT 58 Eli Hanback Fr
DT 74 John Tyson Fr
DT 79 Jack Babcock So
DT 93 Donte Wilkins Jr
DT 95 Spencer Bibb So
FS 3 Quin Blanding So
FS 21 Juan Thornhill Fr
LB 15 C.J. Stalker Fr
LB 22 Jahvoni Simmons Fr
LB 27 Malcolm Cook So
LB 29 Eric Gallon Fr
LB 30 Dominic Sheppard Fr
LB 36 Gladimir Paul Fr
LB 40 Reed Kellam Fr
LB 41 Michael Guerci RFr
LB 46 Sean Fitzgerald Fr
LB 47 Tucker Gamble RFr
LB 51 Zach Bradshaw Jr
LB 53 Micah Kiser So
LB 54 Cory Jones RFr
LB 59 Mark Hall Jr
LB 90 Austin Petty Fr
S 20 CJ Epps Fr
SS 16 Mason Thomas Sr
SS 28 Wilfred Wahee Jr
SS 38 Kelvin Rainey Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 42 Tyler Shirley So
LS 80 Connor Atkins Fr
P 18 Nicholas Conte Jr
P 32 James Coleman Jr
P 93 Lester Coleman RFr
P 98 Trace Halpern Fr
PK 14 Ian Frye Sr
PK 91 Dylan Sims Jr
PK 92 Andrew King RFr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: September 5, 2015

Coaching changes[edit]

On December 14, 2014, offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim was named head coach of the VMI Keydets.[2] On January 6, 2015, Tom O'Brien officially retired.[3] Eight days later, Chris Beatty and Dave Borbely were hired as running backs and offensive line coaches, respectively, with Larry Lewis taking over responsibilities as tight ends coach.[4]

Depth Chart[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 3:30 PM at No. 13 UCLA* Rose BowlLos Angeles, CA FOX L 16–34   68,815
September 12 3:30 PM No. 9 Notre Dame* Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA ABC L 27–34   58,200
September 19 3:30 PM William & Mary* Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ESPN3 W 35–29   41,881
September 25 8:00 PM Boise State* Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ESPN L 14–56   42,427
October 10 12:30 PM at Pittsburgh Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ACCN L 19–26   45,237
October 17 3:30 PM Syracusedagger Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ACCRSN W 44–38 3OT  39,223
October 24 3:30 PM at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC (South's Oldest Rivalry) ACCRSN L 13–26   52,000
October 31 3:00 PM Georgia Tech Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ACCRSN W 27–21   32,308
November 7 3:00 PM at Miami (FL) Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ACCRSN L 21–27   40,963
November 14 12:30 PM at Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY ACCRSN L 31–38   51,233
November 21 3:30 PM Duke Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ESPN3 W 42–34   35,178
November 28 12:00 PM Virginia Tech Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA (Battle for the Commonwealth Cup) ESPNU L 20–23   53,777
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[6][7][8]

Game summaries[edit]

UCLA[edit]

Virginia Cavaliers vs #13 UCLA Bruins
1 2 34Total
Virginia 3 6 0716
#13 UCLA 7 10 14334

at Rose BowlLos Angeles, California

  • Date: September 5, 2015
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 74 °F (23 °C) • Wind: SW 6 mph • Weather: Light haze
  • Game attendance: 68,815
  • Referee: Jerry Magallanes • Umpire: Terrance Ramsey • Linesman: Matt Fitzgerald • Line judge: Deon Lawrence • Back judge: Rob Luklan • Field judge: Wayne Rundell • Side judge: M. McCarthy • Center judge: Tracy Lynch
  • TV announcers (FOX): Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Kris Budden
  • Virginia vs UCLA (Sep 5, 2015)
Game information

Notre Dame[edit]

#9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Virginia Cavaliers
1 2 34Total
#9 Notre Dame 12 0 14834
Virginia 0 14 01327

at Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia

  • Date: September 12, 2015
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 73 °F (23 °C) • Wind: SSW 4 mph • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 58,200
  • Referee: Gary Patterson • Umpire: Rich McMahan • Linesman: Michael Kelley • Line judge: Deon Lawrence • Back judge: H. Wittelsberger • Field judge: Harry Tyson • Side judge: Tony Tarantini • Center judge: James Cole
  • TV announcers (ABC): Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Jerry Punch
  • Notre Dame vs Virginia (Sep 12, 2015)
Game information

William & Mary[edit]

William & Mary Tribe vs Virginia Cavaliers
1 2 34Total
William & Mary 7 13 0929
Virginia 7 14 14035

at Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia

  • Date: September 19, 2015
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 85 °F (29 °C) • Wind: S 11 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 41,881
  • Referee: Penn Wagers • Umpire: Troy Riley • Linesman: John Hoffmann • Line judge: Jeff Jones • Back judge: Gary Dancewicz • Field judge: Billy Beckett • Side judge: George Liotus • Center judge: Larry Hayes
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Shawn Kenney, Stan Lewter
  • William & Mary vs Virginia (Sep 19, 2015)
Game information

Boise State[edit]

Boise State Broncos vs Virginia Cavaliers
1 2 34Total
Boise State 17 12 171056
Virginia 7 7 0014

at Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia

  • Date: September 25, 2015
  • Game time: 8:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 67 °F (19 °C) • Wind: NNE 11 mph • Weather: Light Rain
  • Game attendance: 42,427
  • Referee: Reggie Smith • Umpire: Joel Bellinger • Linesman: Mike Moeller • Line judge: Mark Stewart • Back judge: Lyndon Nixon • Field judge: Matt Mills • Side judge: Tim Murray • Center judge: Dan Scanlan
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Flemming, Mack Brown, Allison Williams
  • Boise State vs Virginia (Sep 25, 2015)
Game information

Pittsburgh[edit]

Virginia Cavaliers vs Pittsburgh Panthers
1 2 34Total
Virginia 3 7 3619
Pittsburgh 17 0 7226

at Heinz FieldPittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: October 10, 2015
  • Game time: 12:30 PM EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 56 °F (13 °C) • Wind: NE 4 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 45,237
  • Referee: D. Heydt • Umpire: D. Worrell • Linesman: M. Pavese • Line judge: A. Andrick • Back judge: R. Luklan • Field judge: J. Biddle • Side judge: A. Bartis • Center judge: L. Hayes
  • TV announcers (ACCN): Tim Brant, Dave Archer, Larry Richert
  • Virginia vs Pittsburgh (Oct 10, 2015)
Game information

Syracuse[edit]

Syracuse Orange vs Virginia Cavaliers
1 2 34OT2OT3OTTotal
Syracuse 0 21 3077038
Virginia 0 14 01077644

at Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia

  • Date: October 17, 2015
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 61 °F (16 °C) • Wind: WNW 7 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 39,223
  • Referee: Riley Johnson • Umpire: Danny Worrell • Linesman: Kavin McGrath • Line judge: Tim Graham • Back judge: Barry Hendon • Field judge: C. Clougherty • Side judge: Mike Safrit • Center judge: Steve Disangro
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Tom Werme, Ovie Mughelli, Niki Noto
  • Syracuse vs Virginia (Oct 17, 2015)
Game information

North Carolina[edit]

120th South's Oldest Rivalry Game: Virginia Cavaliers vs North Carolina Tar Heels
1 2 34Total
Virginia 10 3 0013
North Carolina 7 6 31026

at Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina

  • Date: October 24, 2015
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 71 °F (22 °C) • Wind: SSE 4 • Weather: Mostly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 52,000
  • Referee: David Epperly • Umpire: Troy Riley • Linesman: Steve Clein • Line judge: Robert Zivkovic • Back judge: Pat Ryan • Field judge: Chris Junjulas • Side judge: Angie Bartis • Center judge: Mike Webster
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Wes Durham, James Bates, Jen Hildreth
  • Virginia vs North Carolina (Oct 24, 2015)
Game information

Georgia Tech[edit]

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Virginia Cavaliers
1 2 34Total
Georgia Tech 7 7 0721
Virginia 10 0 10727

at Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia

  • Date: October 31, 2015
  • Game time: 3:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14 °C) • Wind: S 9 • Weather: Overcast
  • Game attendance: 32,308
  • Referee: Duane Heydt • Umpire: Rich McMahan • Linesman: Arthur Hardin • Line judge: Robert Bassett • Back judge: Paul Vargo • Field judge: Kip Johnson • Side judge: D. Harrison • Center judge: Steve Disangro
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Wes Durham, James Bates, Niki Noto
  • Virginia vs Georgia Tech (Oct 31, 2015)
Game information

Miami (FL)[edit]

Virginia Cavaliers vs Miami Hurricanes
1 2 34Total
Virginia 0 8 7621
Miami (FL) 0 14 31027

at Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: November 7, 2015
  • Game time: 3:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 85 °F (29 °C) • Wind: SE 15 • Weather: Partly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 40,963
  • Referee: Gary Patterson • Umpire: Mike Morton • Linesman: John Hoffmann • Line judge: Jeff Jones • Back judge: Gary Dancewicz • Field judge: Billy Beckett • Side judge: George Liotus • Center judge: Larry Hayes
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Wes Durham, James Bates, Jenn Hildreth
  • Virginia vs Miami (FL) (Nov 7, 2015)
Game information

Louisville[edit]

Virginia Cavaliers vs Louisville Cardinals
1 2 34Total
Virginia 7 10 01431
Louisville 3 14 71438

at Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, Kentucky

  • Date: November 14, 2015
  • Game time: 12:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C) • Wind: SSW 4 • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 51,233
  • Referee: J. Heaser • Umpire: M. Wooten • Linesman: J. Griesser • Line judge: R. Misner • Back judge: J. Hooper • Field judge: M. Cullin • Side judge: J. Hocker • Center judge: M. Geier
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Wes Durham, James Bates, Jenn Hildredth
  • Virginia vs Louisville (Nov 14, 2015)
Game information

Duke[edit]

Duke Blue Devils vs Virginia Cavaliers
1 2 34Total
Duke 7 6 71434
Virginia 21 7 14042

at Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia

  • Date: November 21, 2015
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C) • Wind: S 8 • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 35,178
  • Referee: Stuart Mullins • Umpire: Johnnie Forte • Linesman: Mike Pavese • Line judge: Danny Short • Back judge: Delbert Bell • Field judge: Tom Potts • Side judge: Jim Corpora • Center judge: David Goodwin
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Michael Raeghi, Tom O'Brien
  • Virginia vs Duke (Nov 21, 2015)
Game information

Virginia Tech[edit]

97th Battle for the Commonwealth Cup: Virginia Tech Hokies vs Virginia Cavaliers
1 2 34Total
Virginia Tech 3 3 01723
Virginia 3 3 7720

at Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia

  • Date: November 28, 2015
  • Game time: 12:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 67 °F (19 °C) • Wind: NW 2 • Weather: Mostly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 53,777
  • Referee: Jeff Flanagan • Umpire: Mike Morton • Linesman: Matt Fitzgerald • Line judge: Hugh Campbell • Back judge: Bryan Platt • Field judge: Mark Furtado • Side judge: Glenn Street • Center judge: Steve Disangro
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Clay Matvick, John Congemi, Marty Smith
  • Virginia vs Virginia Tech (Nov 28, 2015)
Game information

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/acc/2015/11/29/mike-london-resigns-virginia-football-coach/76525890/
  2. ^ "Scott Wachenheim Named VMI Head Football Coach". Virginia Military Institute Department of Athletics. December 14, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tom O'Brien Retires After a Career that Spanned 40 Seasons". University of Virginia Department of Athletics. January 6, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Virginia Adds Borbely and Beatty to Coaching Staff". University of Virginia Department of Athletics. January 14, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Virginia Football Depth Chart – Notre Dame Game
  6. ^ "Virginia Future Football Schedule". University of Virginia Department of Athletics. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Virginia Announces 2015 Football Schedule". University of Virginia Department of Athletics. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Kickoff Times Announced for Virginia's First Three Home Football Games" (Press release). University of Virginia Department of Athletics. May 15, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015.