Payne Leads Charge For The Forgotten

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UVa’s Keith Payne rushed for 114 yards and 4 TDs.

When Mike London first started talking about his Virginia football team this spring, the conversation often drifted toward new beginnings. New opportunities. Second chances. Guys with a chance to prove themselves all over again. For one night in early September at least, a few Hoos took that mantra and ran with it.

Keith Payne , Trey Womack , Raynard Horne , Dontrelle Inman , Aaron Taliaferro . All are good examples of players that had disappeared during the previous regime, but grabbed some of the spotlight on Saturday night. Senior quarterback Marc Verica , a potential candidate for the same category, said he believes you’ll see games like this one from different players all season long.

“There’s a lot of guys who may not have been able to do too much in their career up to this point and now as this season goes on you’re really going to see them really come out of their shell a little bit,” Verica said. “I think there’s going to be a lot of guys to emerge, guys who have been here for a while, you just kind of never heard much about them.”

“This game means a lot to everyone. This means a lot. We’ve all been through struggles,” Payne said. “We didn’t have a good season last year so everyone is happy about what’s going on.”

Taliaferro started at middle linebacker to continue his ‘Lazarus’ story; he finished with two tackles (1 TFL). Womack started in place of an injured Rodney McLeod and acquitted himself quite well with 3 tackles and 1 pass break-up. Horne played significant snaps on offense and special teams, registering 84 all-purpose yards. Inman, the senior receiver that