The Sunday Sampler 2011 – Idaho

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Dominique Terrell , shown at UNC, averages 4.4 yards per punt return.

When the Virginia football program signed one of the nation’s top 25 recruiting classes in February, a lot of fans – hungry for success of any kind with the Hoos – immediately started to dream of what those youngsters could bring to the table this fall. Through five games, the true freshmen have piled up opportunities as UVa has posted a 3-2 record. The results, not surprisingly, have been mixed. Look no further than Saturday’s 21-20 overtime win against Idaho for proof.

True freshmen David Watford and Dominique Terrell provide the perfect example of true freshmen making both good and bad plays. The best play for the two on the day proved to be the game’s decisive score. The duo connected on the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime.

On 2nd-and-Goal from the 27-yard line (thanks to a penalty), UVa called for a wide receiver screen to Terrell. UVa coach Mike London often refers to the set as a jailbreak screen because the blockers all break to the outside of the field with kickout blocks so that the receiver can cut back to the inside and run. So far this season, the jailbreak screen has been mostly broken for the Hoos, though. Terrell, for instance, entered the game with 2 catches for minus-3 yards. The call, however, worked like a charm this time.

“It was a good play last year. We’re just getting better at executing it,” Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said. “We’re just getting better. Nothing changed. The throwing, the catching, the blocking, we’re just getting better at it.”

In this case, the better execution led to a better result. Terrell grabbed the ball and used great blocks from Perry Jones and Morgan Moses to get free for the winning 27-yard touchdown. Terrell said the key to a successful receiver screen is in the blocking and the timing.

“We’ve got to have a good