Jameel Sewell continues to develop as the Hoos’ starting quarterback this season.
Virginia claimed its first ACC home win of the year on Thursday night by trouncing hapless North Carolina 23-0. But despite the lopsided score, the Cavaliers’ report card isn’t spotless – too many dropped passes, missed tackles, and a zero-touchdown first half prevented the Hoos from taking home straight A’s. Still, the grades are always better when you win.
Completion percentage – 69% (Grade 98, A+)
Passing yards per attempt – 6.8 (Grade 75, C)
Rushing yards per carry – 5.1 (Grade 87, B)
3rd & 4th Down conversion rate – 31% (Grade 68, D)
Scoring Offense – 23 (Grade 78, C+)
1st Down Efficiency – 3.5 Yards Per Play (Grade 75, C)
Red Zone Efficiency – 87% (Grade 95, A)
Coaching – (Grade 86, B)
Unit Grades Composite (Grade 81.61, B-)
Overall Grade (81.52, B-)
Maybe the best night of the year in play calling and play sequence for the Cavalier coaching staff. A big part of that certainly has to do with the ongoing maturation of Jameel Sewell and a much more cohesive performance in the run game by the offensive line. Those improvements simply allow the coaches to do more.
I give the coaches good marks for adjusting to UNC’s blitzing, which was more prominent in this game than at any other time this season. I doubt the coaches went into this game expecting the Heels to bring a ton of pressure, especially with the loss of Carolina’s best pass rusher. The sacks came early but good adjustments in protection and play calling eliminated any further damage in the second half.
Virginia had one of its better outings in the red zone, but in the few short yardage opportunities it faced, the team still had some difficulties.
The Hoos had a fairly good performance on first down in actual yardage but...
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