Pro Football Focus Highlights: Aaron Faumui Returning To Form

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Pro Football Focus provides comprehensive analysis grades for NCAA Division 1 football teams. Virginia football turned in a dominant performance at home last Saturday, crushing Duke 48-0. The shutout of the Blue Devils was the latest positive step for a Cavalier defense that had shown incremental improvement since surrendering 59 points and 699 yards of offense to North Carolina in Week 3. Steady play from the defensive line has played a significant role in the improvement.

(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 won 48-0.
Virginia’s Aaron Faumui rushes against Duke. ~ Photo by Kris Wright/

Faumui Returning To Form

Virginia football’s lack of depth on the defensive line forced Aaron Faumui into significant action as a true freshman in 2018. He had his ups-and-downs as many first-year players do. As a sophomore, Faumui emerged into a consistent factor. His final Pro Football Focus grades reflected the jump, as he improved in three of four defensive categories by double digits.

Faumui Final Grades, 2018: 57.8 overall defense, 49.2 run defense, 39.0 tackling, 65.7 pass rush

Faumui Final Grades, 2019: 73.3 overall defense, 66.7 run defense, 35.2 tackling,