EDGE Notes: Billy Kemp IV Flourishing In Increased Role In Virginia Offense

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Virginia football wide receiver Billy Kemp IV had 35 catches for 289 yards and a touchdown in 2019. Through two games in 2020, the junior has 17 receptions for 166 yards, including a 10-catch, 96-yard effort versus No. 1 Clemson. ~ Photo credit: Jim Daves, Virginia Athletics Media Relations

A major question heading into Virginia football’s 2020 season was who, outside of Terrell Jana, would step up to fill the production void left at wide receiver with the departures of Hasise Dubois and Joe Reed. True freshman Lavel Davis Jr. has received high praise for his performance and deservedly so, as the 6’7” wideout has hauled in six catches with two touchdowns and is UVA’s clear big-play threat. But Billy Kemp IV has emerged as sophomore quarterback Brennan Armstrong’s favorite target through the first two games of the season.

The 5’9”, 170-pound wideout has accumulated 17 catches and racked up 166 yards in the first two games of his junior campaign. Ten of those receptions and 96 yards came in Saturday night’s loss to No. 1 Clemson. Workmanlike is an adjective you could use to describe Kemp IV’s performance thus far. Judging from his comments post-Clemson, head coach Bronco Mendenhall would likely agree with that description.