Mike London’s team won eight games last season.
The Virginia football team surpassed expectations in 2011 with an 8-5 record and a trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Cavaliers battled for the ACC’s Coastal Division crown into the final week of the regular season as well. Considering that the Hoos had suffered through losing campaigns from 2008-2010, it marked a welcome change for anyone fond of the orange and blue.
So as UVa fans prepare for the 2012 season, what do some of the important numbers look like? TheSabre.com’s annual Hoo Preview begins with a look at Virginia “By The Numbers.”
The number of starting kickers returning from last season’s roster. One of the main storylines for the Cavaliers this season is which players will step in to fill the starting spots vacated by Jimmy Howell , Robert Randolph, and Chris Hinkebein . Redshirt freshman Ian Frye , junior Drew Jarrett (who did not play football last season), and sophomore Alec Vozenilek competed for the spots in the spring, but several recruited walk-ons join the competition this fall.
The number of Hoos on the Lombardi Award Watch List. The honor recognizes the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker each year. Senior linebacker Steve Greer , senior offensive tackle Oday Aboushi and junior offensive tackle Morgan Moses all made the preseason list of candidates.
The average yards per play gained by Virginia’s offense in 2011. That number placed UVa among the top 50 offenses nationally last season. Houston topped the charts a year ago by averaging 7.4 yards per play.
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