Among the positions considered more glamorous on a football team – quarterback, receiver, linebacker, or what have you – it’s rare that the nose tackle spends much time in the spotlight. Even so, in Bronco Mendenhall’s tenure to date some of the more recognizable names on the team have played in that spot. Donte Wilkins, who is back as a graduate assistant, and Eli Hanback put together strong careers up front, while Jowon Briggs was on his way there at Virginia before transferring out to Cincinnati late last season.
If there’s a reason UVA fans know those names well, it’s because of the importance of the nose tackle in Virginia’s schemes and in praise the coaches, Mendenhall on down,...
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