Pro Football Focus Highlights: Virginia Football Vs. Illinois

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Pro Football Focus provides comprehensive analysis grades for NCAA Division 1 football teams. Following Virginia football’s 42-14 victory over Illinois, I decided to take a look at PFF to find highlights from the Cavalier program’s second win of the season and more.

(Note: A Pro Football Focus grade of around 65 is average. The higher the better. A grade in the 70s is above average, while a grade in the 80s and above is very good.)

Virginia football starting quarterback Brennan Armstrong. ~ Photo by Kris Wright/

Brennan Armstrong’s Special Performance

UVA quarterback Brennan Armstrong completed 21-of-31 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns in Virginia’s season-opening win over William & Mary. The redshirt junior signal caller managed to top that effort in Week 2, completing 27-of-36 passes for 405 yards with five touchdowns and an interception in a blowout victory over Illinois.

Armstrong was awarded ACC Quarterback of the Week honors for his performance versus the Illini. As you might imagine, his Pro Football Focus grades were outstanding. He received an overall offense grade of 94.7 and a passing grade of 94.1, both career bests.

Top marks are becoming the norm for Armstrong. Over the last five games, including the final three games of 2020 and the first two games of 2021, Armstrong has graded out over 90 in terms of overall offense four of five times and over 90 in passing