10-Day Hoo Preview: Position Outlook, Linebackers

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Al Groh has worked more with the linebackers since the bowl game, which should help the unit’s development.

As The Sabre concludes its 10-Day Hoo Preview, we saved the most vital and maybe the most unsettled units for last – the offensive line and the linebackers.

For Virginia, the linebackers are arguably the most important group on defense. When the team uses a 3-4 base defense, that may be stating the obvious. After all, if the coaches want four linebackers on the field instead of three, then that automatically becomes a position of interest.

The question is whether that interest becomes impressive or infuriating. In other words, can a young, unheralded group of linebackers develop into a strong, playmaking – and impressive – group? Or will a lack of experience and depth invoke more questions – and frustration – about the 3-4?

The growth and development of the group will come straight from the top. Head coach Al Groh said he has been hands on with the linebacker corps since the Music City Bowl when he had to be in the fray more thanks to a depleted coaching staff. He said the players’ positive feedback led him to spend more time in teaching mode with those linebackers. Combined with high energy assistant Bob Diaco, this group has the chance to really soak up some knowledge and perform in 2006.


Clint Sintim (6’3”, 256, Sophomore)
Jermaine Dias (6’1”, 237, Junior)
Aaron Clark (6’5”, 254, Sophomore)
Marvin Richardson (6’3”, 243, Junior)
Denzel Burrell (6’4”, 224, Redshirt freshman)
Olu Hall (6-3, 230, Sophomore)