Hoo Preview 2011: By The Numbers

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LaRoy Reynolds and the Hoos are hoping to celebrate during UVa’s 7 home games.

The Virginia Cavaliers will open their 2011 season at home on Sept. 3 against William & Mary with a chip on their shoulders. The Wahoos’ will be eager to avenge their surprising 2009 loss (14-26) to the Tribe. While psychological motivators such as these cannot be quantified, many themes from the Cavaliers’ 2010 campaign are epitomized in quantifiable statistics. Here’s a look at the numbers.

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The Cavaliers play 3 games against teams ranked in the preseason top 25 in Florida State (13), Virginia Tech (17) and Miami (25). Last year, Virginia also played 3 teams that ended the 2010 season ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press Poll in Virginia Tech (16), Florida State (17), and Maryland (23). The Wahoos lost all 3 games (although the Cavaliers did defeat then-ranked Miami, who ended the season outside the top 25).

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Number of yards per rushing attempt Virginia averaged during the 2010 season. At 4.0 yards per carry, UVa’s rushing offense tied for seventh with Clemson in the ACC. The Hoos’ 139.3 rushing yards per game ranked sixth in the ACC and 77th in the nation in 2010. The Cavaliers’ most dependable running back, Keith Payne , who was, incredibly, responsible for 14 of the team’s 17 rushing TDs, graduated. Preseason rumblings have pegged Kevin Parks as the Hoos’ potential power back this season with Payne gone to the New York Giants’ NFL training camp. If not, true freshman Clifton Richardson , who ranked 56th on SI.com’s Top 100 Recruits list, might get a shot.

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The Cavaliers were picked to finish 5th in the ACC Coastal Division in 2011. The Coastal Division’s preseason rankings exactly mimicked the results of the 2010 season in which Virginia Tech won the division

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