Pro Football Focus: Virginia Football Vs. Miami

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Pro Football Focus provides comprehensive analysis grades for NCAA Division 1 football teams. Following Virginia football’s 30-28 road win over Miami, here are the latest highlights and trends from the 2021 season and beyond.

(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.)

Blount Shines In South Beach

Mandy Alonso led the Virginia football defensive charge at Miami, totaling five tackles with three tackles for loss including two sacks. The Miami native was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts.

Alonso had help, though, as the Virginia defense took another positive step forward since being decimated by UNC in Week 3.

“We’re addressing, and I see us just chipping away at it,” Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. “There is clear progress being made everywhere from [the UNC game].”

“Yeah, I think we’re chipping away at, addressing, working on, and it’s showing yield,” Mendenhall continued. “We need to add consistency to it, but I see it happening. From not only the Miami game, but the Wake Forest game. I saw progress in both.”

Joey Blount earned high marks from PFF for his performance at Miami.

Super senior safety Joey Blount led UVA with eight tackles versus Miami and earned high marks from Pro Football Focus for his performance, including an 80.6 in overall defense, an 81.0 in run defense,