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Nice thoughts

WR - I agree this should be a strength for the team. I am hoping Andre and Doni will experience that boost that seems to happen with a number of UVA Receivers entering their final year. Of course Oz is the one I am expecting the most from and Eldridge has had flashes when given the opportunity. However, I think the group of athletes coming in and not just the 2 known receivers but GC3, Jana could usurp them all. Shawn Smith might be the best young receiver UVA has signed in some time.

Secondary - I think like with the Receivers the Secondary particularly Cornerback could be greatly impacted by the incoming freshmen. I think GC3 coming in early could lead to him having a prominent role as he's not only the tallest of the UVA corners, but the fastest with a reported 4.38 Forty. Not to mention all of the freshmen display a level of ball skills on tape that I don't think UVA has had in some time. That said I am also looking forward to the return of Tim Harris and think he starts Game 1 along with Bryce Hall giving UVA a pair of big corners that can play up on receivers like they did before all the injuries happened. The Safety opposite Quinn is a mystery, but if Juan Thornhill is moved back to safety then the Secondary should be really strong provided key players stay healthy.

Linebacker- Should be another strength provided the young guns like Mack gain much need strength and size. It's clear it's a talented unit, but too raw and small to sustain a good level of play. But while Mack played well I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing Malcolm Cook starting and I wouldn't be surprised if Mack might be transitioned back to Safety given the lack of depth there.

Defensive Line - Andrew stepped up last year and showed he's very capable of being that 5* stud he came in being. NT is a question but hopefully with Wintrich focusing on players size & strength things will sort themselves out. But it's clear at least on the End and Tackle spots there is depth there allowing the incoming guys time hopefully.

Runningback - I agree, but if a guy is good then he'll show it from day 1. I do think Jordan Ellis could have a good year and I love that Atkins, who despite only ranking 3*'s might be one of the most titled/acclaimed of any RB UVA has signed in some time even Smoke.

I pretty much agree with the rest although you probably have more hope for the kicking game than I currently do. As of now I think UVA will be hurting in both Kicking and the Punting game until either the young guys get acclaimed or someone else steps up.

(In response to this post by JR_Hoo)

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 9:23PM


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Depth Chart Highlights and Concerns -- JR_Hoo 03/10/2017 2:55PM
  Bowling? I'll be happy to win 5 games at this point ** -- BrevardHoo 03/13/2017 3:56PM
  But he started well, finished poorly... -- sasha 03/13/2017 10:27AM
  Doesn't matter...the backup will be better! ** -- BleedOrangeNBlu 03/13/2017 11:50AM
  A couple of names you left off -- TY-HOO 03/11/2017 8:44PM
  Also Bryce Hall at CB ** -- Karl Hess 03/12/2017 08:57AM
  Still looking for speed at WR ** -- 141lile 03/11/2017 2:05PM
  Re: Depth Chart Highlights and Concerns -- rocket 03/11/2017 09:57AM
  NT and QB, then a couple others -- 4thYear5th 03/11/2017 09:20AM
  Re: Depth Chart Highlights and Concerns -- HOOWIZ 03/11/2017 06:35AM
  Also remember we were close in several games -- JR_Hoo 03/11/2017 09:20AM
  Nice thoughts -- Aquarian81 03/10/2017 9:23PM
  Solid summary -- hoosnext 03/10/2017 5:33PM
  OL and Rbs are always connected. -- 141lile 03/11/2017 08:02AM
  Oh I think we'll be fine at OL -- Hoo23 03/11/2017 08:12AM
  There were a few games they were manhandled -- JR_Hoo 03/11/2017 10:34PM

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