Another week, another win. Wow, I like the sound of that. And this week’s win over a tough opponent in Georgia Tech was by far the most impressive victory of the season for Al Groh and his squad. After all the Yellow Jackets are the defending Coastal Division Champions and they were still upset about a home loss to Boston College. What did we learn from the Cavaliers in the 28-23 win?
Jameel Sewell was more consistent this week.
1. Another step in the right direction. The level of performance seen against Wyoming would not have been good enough for a win in the Duke game. The level of performance seen against Duke would not have been good enough for a win in the UNC game. And the level of performance seen against UNC would not have been good enough for a win in the Georgia Tech game. Each week since the opening week dud, we have seen progress.
This week, there were several steps in the right direction, sometimes in the form of progress, sometimes in the form of keeping up solid play in areas where inconsistency previously haunted the Hoos:
- Two sustained drives on offense (the type of drive has been few and far between for the UVa offense over the past season and a half).
- A more consistent ball from Jameel Sewell .
- Better decision-making by the offensive line when it came to blocking assignments, particularly when facing a defense that throws a ton of looks at the line.
- More consistent contributions from the tight ends.
- A much improved blocking game from Rashawn Jackson .
- Another solid offensive script to start the game.
- Yet another solid performance from Ryan Weigand .
- A lot of resilience – dare I say, a will to win – in the face of a challenge.
- The emergence of big gainers by the tight ends and wide receivers (four plays of 20+ yards after none in the previous three games).
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