Long, Brown and Lescanec: Hometown Heroes?

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Where were you on the night of November 2, 1995? Let’s jog the memory.

Warrick Dunn finds a hole. He’s at the 1. Stopped cold! Anthony Poindexter out of nowhere. Virginia has done the unthinkable, the unimaginable, the unbelievable. The Cavaliers have stunned No. 2 Florida State, 33-28.

Where were you on November 2, 1995?

A trio of incoming UVa freshmen, all of whom were 9 or 10 at the time, know where they were on
that glorious Thursday evening. All three were in Charlottesville, though only one was at Scott Stadium that night.

Chris Long

“I remember the night. I couldn’t go to the FSU game because my parents made me go to bed,” said St. Anne’s-Belfield’s Chris Long , his muscles pouring out of an Atlanta Hawks practice jersey. “I caught it on TV.”

“I was at home,” said Devonta Brown , a Charlottesville High graduate and linebacker who puts the bad in nightmare. “I wasn’t a big Virginia fan yet.”

Bryan Lescanec, a Cavalier fan since birth, was one of those kids who charged the field quicker than Visa ever could.

“Oh my God, I remember having to go to school late the next day,” recalled Lescanec, a Western Albemarle High School product who plays football with blue-collar vengeance. “I couldn’t sleep because I wanted to be in that game so bad. My sister and I rushed the field. Crazy.”

Nine years later, all three freshmen can’t wait to step onto that same field, this time as Cavalier players, wearing the orange-and-blue colors of the hometown team. You ask why write a story on three guys, who although very talented, stand very low on the Virginia football totem pole. Because they’re local boys, a rarity in UVa football recruiting.

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