Spring Superlatives – Most Potential

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Eli Harold and the defensive end group could make a big impact.

In preparing for the 2013 season, I’ve decided to take a look at the Virginia football team through “Spring Superlatives.” Things kicked off with “Most Depth” and “Most Likely To Surprise” articles. The next installment should be a fun one because there is a lot of room for debate I think. Which position for the Cavaliers has the “Most Potential” for the 2013 campaign?

The receivers took home the “Most Depth” honor so they could be the pick for “Most Potential” as well. After all, the quartet of Tim Smith , Darius Jennings , Dominique Terrell , and E.J. Scott along with the likes of Adrian Gamble could deliver some heavy production this season. The tight end position with Jake McGee conceivably in a starring role is a tempting choice. And what about the running backs? Kevin Parks , Khalek Shepherd , and Clifton Richardson all have shown flashes earlier in their careers while big-time recruit Taquan Mizzell could dive right into the mix too.

With that said, I think the pick should come from the defensive side of the ball. There is a lot of returning talent on defense and a lot of standout athletes all around the field. The shift in defensive scheme could pull out some stars too simply because the Hoos are going to be aggressive and looking to make big plays.

So with that in mind, when I look at UVa’s roster for a position with the “Most Potential,” I keep circling back to defensive end. That spot features veteran Jake Snyder