Sabre Roundtable: Hoo Will Step Up In 2007?

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Virginia has rolled through spring football practice and, as is usually the case, there were some questions that were answered and some questions that were not. There were at least some surprises – the re-emerging Cedric Peerman , the loss of Kevin Ogletree , and a substantial amount of depth on the defensive line.

Now that there has been some time to marinate over the spring, what do some of The Sabre’s contributors think about next season? Nick Sauer, JHoo, intern Nick Ward, and ESPN 840 AM’s Wes McElroy tackle five basic questions in this roundtable. Who will step up on offense? Defense? Special Teams? What are the most dangerous games on the schedule? Who will be the MVP for the Hoos?

Name one player on offense who can and will step up this season for Virginia

Branden Albert and Eugene Monroe could both have strong seasons.

Nick S: Eugene Monroe . Monroe struggled last season with injuries, but showed improvement throughout the spring. In order for the Virginia offense to be effective, the offensive line play must improve dramatically. The left side, at least, should not be an issue with Monroe and All-ACC candidate Brandon Albert manning the line. Monroe has a world of physical potential that should blossom into results on the field this fall.

Nick W: I realize that this is a “name one player” question, but I am going to have to rebel a little bit on this one and name one position that WILL step up for the orange and blue this season on offense. This position has been one of UVa’s bright points on the gridiron in past seasons, but last year the production fell significantly. In my opinion, two of the Cavaliers top five offensive weapons play this position. I am talking about the tight ends. Jonathan Stupar