2006 Virginia Football Superlatives

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Christian Olsen and his fellow captains at UVa helped raise money for Clemson’s Ray Ray McElrathbey.

Virginia’s football season proved to be an up-and-down ride as Vandy-Hoo described in his recent column. Wins over Miami, N.C. State, and North Carolina late were countered with shutout losses at Virginia Tech and Florida State. Along the way, many players – Chris Long , Jon Copper, Jeffrey Fitzgerald , Jameel Sewell to name a few – came up with big plays and became big stories. Greg Waters takes a look back at the season with his 2006 Superlatives.

Humanitarian Award

In all the talk of coaching contracts, police blotters, academic qualifications, and recruiting wars, sometimes the real issues of the day are lost in the minutia of college football. Ray Ray McElrathbey is a freshman defensive back at Clemson, who was granted custody of his 12-year-old brother Fahmarr in August. McElrathbey’s parents are unable to care for the sibling. The brothers live together in an off-campus apartment in Clemson.

Earlier this year the NCAA granted Clemson a waiver, allowing a local bank to establish a fund for Fahmarr to care for his basic daily needs. Back in November, Virginia team captains Chris Long , Christian Olsen, Deyon Williams , and Marcus Hamilton collected money from their teammates for the fund. Virginia players contributed some of the meal money they received while in Charlottesville over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Cavalier football team made a $2,565 contribution to the Fahmarr McElrathbey Fund. “In just like an hour, I think we collected just over $2,000,” said junior defensive end Chris Long.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled moaning about Al Groh’s contract and Mike Groh’s offense.

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