Virginia appeared to be a completely different team Saturday night than in the early part of this season. The offense was clicking on all cylinders, completing passes, making the blocks, creating holes, converting on third downs and the list goes on. Despite the difference in outcomes, it’s the same players executing the plays … except for one Cavalier who made all the difference.
Cedric Peerman tallied 133 all-purpose yards against Maryland including a TD.
Returning from a lingering injury, Cedric Peerman made his presence felt all over the field: running, blocking, catching and even preserving the defense by keeping them off the field.
Coach Al Groh credited Peerman with being a difference-maker after Saturday night’s 31-0 win over Maryland.
“To have Cedric back for essentially, for all intents and purposes for the first time this season, as everybody could see, made a great difference,” Groh said. “He’s got a rare heart for competition. He’s got a rare heart for this team, his teammates and it’s been painful for him not to be able to be part of it and obviously we see his performance and his production is a significant part of what our team is doing.”
At the Tuesday press conference, Groh said that “When he’s ready to be Cedric, he’s going to start the game.”
Saturday night Cedric was ready. Apparently, it was Maryland who wasn’t ready for him.
Carrying the ball, Peerman was at his best, at least this season as Groh pointed out, eclipsing his season total for rushing (96 yards) with 13:11 left in the third quarter. Entering this game, Peerman had only registered 27 official touches (20 carries and 7 receptions). Against Maryland alone, Peerman racked up 24 touches in only three quarters of play. In the end, Peerman carried the ball 17 times for 110 yards and tallied a total of 133 all-purpose yards.
Peerman registered 9 of the Cavaliers’ 26 first downs (35%). Two of those first downs were converted on third down, two of...
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