Placekicker Brian Delaney Has Made A Virginia Football Weakness A Strength

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One kick at a time.

This philosophy helps Virginia football placekicker Brian Delaney maintain focus. Focus helped him overcome a missed extra point in the first quarter against Virginia Tech last November. Delaney rebounded to make two clutch fourth quarter field goals – including a 48-yarder to give Virginia a 33-30 lead with 1:23 remaining – as the Hoos captured the Commonwealth Cup.

Brian Delaney approaches the go-ahead field goal against Virginia Tech in November of 2019. His 48-yard attempt was good, giving the Hoos a 33-30 edge over the Hokies in the final minutes. ~ Photo by Mike Ingalls

The scores against the Hokies were two of 13 straight field goals Delaney made to close out UVA’s historic 2019 campaign. He is off to a good start in 2020, converting on his only two attempts of the season. Delaney’s 27-yard field goal against Clemson was a significant one, though. It extended his streak to 15 made field goals in a row, which is a new school record, eclipsing Jake McInerney’s streak of 14 set in 1989.

Delaney also holds the school record for most extra points made in a single season with 50, a mark he set in 2019.

“No,” Delaney said when asked if he is eyeing any other records. “Really, that kind of takes away from just thinking about one kick