2017 Virginia Cavaliers football team

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2017 Virginia Cavaliers football
Virginia Athletics wordmark.svg
Military Bowl, L 7–49 vs. Navy
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Coastal Division
2017 record 6–7 (3–5 ACC)
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Robert Anae (2nd season)
Offensive scheme Multiple[1]
Defensive coordinator Nick Howell (2nd season)
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Scott Stadium
(Capacity: 61,500)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 4 Clemson xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 23 NC State   6 2         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Louisville   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Florida State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 13 Miami xy   7 1         10 3  
No. 24 Virginia Tech   5 3         9 4  
Georgia Tech   4 4         5 6  
Duke   3 5         7 6  
Pittsburgh   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   3 5         6 7  
North Carolina   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 38, Miami 3
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of June 21, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cavaliers were led by second-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall and played their home games at Scott Stadium, they competed as members of the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 6–7, 3–5 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Coastal Division, they were invited to the Military Bowl where they lost to Navy.

Roster[edit]

2017 Virginia Cavaliers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 72 Fannin, TylerTyler Fannin Fr
C 77 Fieler, JakeJake Fieler Jr
FB 27 Peacock, JamariJamari Peacock Fr
FB 49 Shifflett, AlecAlec Shifflett Sr
FB 85 Yavinsky, AndrewAndrew Yavinsky Fr
HB 4 Zaccheaus, OlamideOlamide Zaccheaus Jr
OG 65 Knutson, BenBen Knutson RFr
OG 70 Moss, StevenSteven Moss Jr
OG 71 McDonald, JackJack McDonald Sr
OG 74 Montelus, JohnJohn Montelus Sr
OG 78 Proctor, R.J.R.J. Proctor So
OL Swoboda, RyanRyan Swoboda Fr
OL Vollmer, GerrikGerrik Vollmer Fr
OT 54 Nelson, RyanRyan Nelson Fr
OT 55 Pertile, BrandonBrandon Pertile Sr
OT 64 Trent, BenBen Trent RFr
OT 67 English, JackJack English Sr
OT 69 Glaser, ChrisChris Glaser Fr
OT 75 Crutchfield, OsirisOsiris Crutchfield RFr
OT 79 Reinkensmeyer, DillonDillon Reinkensmeyer RFr
OT Bischoff, RyanRyan Bischoff So
QB 6 Benkert, KurtKurt Benkert Sr
QB, LS 11 Spaziani, JoeJoe Spaziani Jr
QB, WR 15 Cross, De'VanteDe'Vante Cross RFr
QB 36 Stone, LindellLindell Stone Fr
QB Hillerich, TristanTristan Hillerich Fr
QB Kitts, T.J.T.J. Kitts Fr
QB Merrick, MatthewMatthew Merrick So
RB 88 Zollar, JustinJustin Zollar So
TB 1 Ellis, JordanJordan Ellis Jr
TB 22 Hamm, DanielDaniel Hamm Sr
TB 25 Atkins, LamontLamont Atkins Fr
TB 26 Kier, PKPK Kier Fr
TB 31 Sharp, ChrisChris Sharp So
TE 16 Burney, RichardRichard Burney So
TE 44 Cowley, TannerTanner Cowley So
TE 46 Butts, EvanEvan Butts Jr
WR 2 Reed, JoeJoe Reed So
WR 5 Dowling, DoniDoni Dowling Sr
WR 8 Dubois, HasiseHasise Dubois So
WR 14 Levrone, AndreAndre Levrone Sr
WR 18 Hogg, BenBen Hogg Jr
WR 19 Davis, ChuckChuck Davis RFr
WR 23 Craft, WarrenWarren Craft So
WR 80 Smith, ShawnShawn Smith Fr
WR 82 Urie, BraedonBraedon Urie Jr
WR 84 Jana, TerrellTerrell Jana Fr
WR 86 Gardner, RossRoss Gardner Jr
WR Blackman, ColeCole Blackman So
WR Blundin, EthanEthan Blundin RFr
WR Eilers, ShaneShane Eilers Fr
WR Mitchell, HaydenHayden Mitchell Fr
WR Pratt, DarnellDarnell Pratt Fr
WR Zeno, DavionDavion Zeno Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 10 Garner, KirkKirk Garner Sr
CB 20 Grant, NickNick Grant RFr
CB 34 Hall, BryceBryce Hall So
CB 41 Crowell, GermaneGermane Crowell Fr
CB Burton, RiahRiah Burton Fr
CB Latimore, DariousDarious Latimore Jr
CB Harris, TimTim Harris Injured Sr
DB 33 Bratton, DarriusDarrius Bratton Fr
DB Rolle, DonovanDonovan Rolle Fr
DE 9 Brown, AndrewAndrew Brown Sr
DE 90 Wright, StevenSteven Wright So
DE 93 Baumgardner, ChristianChristian Baumgardner RFr
DE Brooks, ChristianChristian Brooks RFr
DL 91 Alonso, MandyMandy Alonso Fr
DL Buell, IsaacIsaac Buell Fr
DL Christ, TommyTommy Christ Fr
DL Dixon, ColinColin Dixon Fr
DL 98 Kirven, JohnJohn Kirven Fr
DT 57 Trucilla, JamesJames Trucilla So
DT 58 Hanback, EliEli Hanback So
DT 99 Moye, JuwanJuwan Moye So
FS 3 Blanding, QuinQuin Blanding Sr
FS 28 Nelson, BrentonBrenton Nelson RFr
FS 29 Blount, JoeyJoey Blount Fr
ILB 30 Sheppard, DominicDominic Sheppard So
ILB 37 Mack, JordanJordan Mack So
ILB 40 Stalker, C.J.C.J. Stalker Jr
ILB 42 Simmons, JahvoniJahvoni Simmons So
ILB 45 Kellam, ReedReed Kellam So
ILB 53 Kiser, MicahMicah Kiser Sr
ILB McDonald, MikeyMikey McDonald Jr
ILB Pluchino, ChristianChristian Pluchino Fr
ILB Snyder, RobertRobert Snyder RFr
LB 33 Zandier, ZaneZane Zandier Fr
LB 38 Snowden, CharlesCharles Snowden Fr
LB 43 Brown, ElliottElliott Brown Fr
LB 56 Gahm, MattMatt Gahm Fr
OLB 13 Peace, ChrisChris Peace Jr
OLB 17 Cook, MalcolmMalcolm Cook Jr
OLB, FS 39 Moore, ChrisChris Moore So
OLB Bryant, DreDre Bryant RFr
OLB Paul, GladimirGladimir Paul So
OLB Turlington, HarrisonHarrison Turlington Fr
SS 21 Thornhill, JuanJuan Thornhill Jr
SS Epps, CJCJ Epps So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 89 Delaney, BrianBrian Delaney Fr
K 95 Mejia, A.J.A.J. Mejia Fr
P 47 Coleman, LesterLester Coleman Jr
PK, P 81 Griffin, NashNash Griffin RFr
PK 87 King, AndrewAndrew King Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Robert Anae (BYU)
    Offensive Coordinator, Inside Receivers
  • Marques Hagans (Virginia)
    Wide Receivers
  • Mark Atuaia (BYU)
    Running Backs
  • Garett Tujague (BYU)
    Offensive Line
  • Jason Beck (BYU)
    Quarterbacks
  • Vic So'oto (BYU)
    Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Line
  • Nick Howell (Weber State)
    Defensive Coordinator, Secondary
  • Kelly Poppinga (BYU)
    Special Teams Coordinator, Outside Linebackers
  • Shane Hunter (BYU)
    Inside Linebackers
  • Patrick Hickman (BYU)
    Director of Football Operations
  • Justin Anderson (BYU)
    Director of Player Personnel
  • Frank Wintrich (BYU)
    Director of Football Training & Player Development

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

Roster
Last update: 2017-09-09

Coaching changes[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 3:30 p.m. William & Mary* Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA ACCN Extra W 28–10   38,828
September 9 3:30 p.m. Indiana* Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ESPNU L 17–34   38,993
September 16 12:00 p.m. Connecticut* Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ESPN2 W 38–18   33,056
September 22 8:00 p.m. at Boise State* Albertsons StadiumBoise, ID ESPN2 W 42–23   33,947
October 7 12:20 p.m. Duke Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ACCN W 28–21   38,638
October 14 3:30 p.m. at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC (South's Oldest Rivalry) ACCRSN W 20–14   50,000
October 21 12:30 p.m. Boston Collegedagger Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ACCRSN L 10–41   39,216
October 28 12:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ACCRSN L 14–31   30,889
November 4 3:00 p.m. Georgia Tech Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ACCRSN W 40–36   38,448
November 11 3:30 p.m. at Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY ESPNU L 21–38   46,787
November 18 12:00 p.m. at No. 2 Miami (FL) Hard Rock StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ABC L 28–44   63,415
November 24 8:00 p.m. No. 24 Virginia Tech Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA (Commonwealth Cup) ESPN L 0–10   48,609
December 28 1:30 p.m. vs. Navy* Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD (Military Bowl) ESPN L 7–49   35,921
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Source:[3]

Game summaries[edit]

William & Mary[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tribe 0 0 3 7 10
Cavaliers 7 7 7 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–6–1 2015 W 35–29

Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hoosiers 0 17 10 7 34
Cavaliers 0 3 7 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2011 W 34–31

Connecticut[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 0 6 12 18
Cavaliers 7 17 7 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2016 L 10–13

at Boise State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 7 14 14 7 42
Broncos 7 7 0 9 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2015 W 42–23

The Cavaliers came in as thirteen point underdogs against the Broncos and quickly went down 7–0 within the first three minutes, after this shaky start, the Cavaliers took a 21–14 lead into halftime led by success in the passing game on offense. To start the second half, the Cavaliers took just 3 plays to score, stretching the lead to 28–14. Virginia pressed its advantage to 42–14 before Boise State made it 42–23 on a late safety and touchdown, the win has been hailed as Virginia's "most impressive win" so far under Coach Mendenhall.[4]

Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 7 7 0 7 21
Cavaliers 7 7 7 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–33 2016 W 34–20

at North Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 0 10 7 3 20
Tar Heels 0 0 14 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
54–63 2016 L 14–35

Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 17 7 10 7 41
Cavaliers 0 7 0 3 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–5 2010 L 13–17

at Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 0 7 0 7 14
Panthers 7 14 7 3 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–6 2016 L 31–45

Georgia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 7 7 14 8 36
Cavaliers 3 10 15 12 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–20–1 2016 L 17–31

at Louisville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 7 7 0 7 21
Cardinals 7 10 14 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2016 L 25–32

at Miami (FL)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 14 7 7 0 28
No. 2 Hurricanes 7 7 17 13 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–8 2016 L 14–34

Virginia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 24 Hokies 0 3 7 0 10
Cavaliers 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
37–56–5 2016 L 10–52

at Navy (Military Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 7 0 0 0 7
Midshipmen 14 14 14 7 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–28 1994 W 47–10

2018 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Team Round Pick # Position
Micah Kiser Los Angeles Rams 5th 147 LB
Andrew Brown Cincinnati Bengals 5th 158 DE

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "DEPTH CHART - NORTH CAROLINA GAME" (PDF) (Press release). Virginia Cavaliers. October 9, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Mendenhall Elevates Vic So'oto to Defensive Line Coach". Virginia Cavaliers. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ 2017 Virginia Cavaliers football schedule. FBSchedules.com. Accessed April 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Kragthorpe, Kurt (September 24, 2017). "Ex-BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall's Boise breakthrough is a sign of how far Virginia has come in his second season". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved September 25, 2017.