Chris Glaser remembers his heart racing. His college debut had arrived rather unexpectedly 10 weeks into the season and this wasn’t a run of the mill non-conference game in August.
No, Glaser’s first action as a Cavalier came during a game with significant stakes. UVA’s last appearance in a bowl game occurred six years before in 2011 and 2017’s 5-1 start suddenly gave way to a shaky two-game skid. The Hoos entered November with a home game against Georgia Tech ahead of expected road tests at Louisville and Miami before the finale against streak-owning Virginia Tech. In other words, that home game with the Yellow Jackets had the feel of Virginia’s last best chance to achieve bowl eligibility.
So yes, Glaser’s debut last November came with some nerves for the true freshman.
“My heart was beating fast,” Glaser said. “It was fun. I was nervous for the most part, but once I got my first good hit in, it felt normal. It felt natural to me.”
Virginia, of course, found a way to grab a 40-36 victory against the Yellow Jackets and the program eventually fell to Navy in a Military Bowl appearance. Glaser played a big role in that day’s win, seeing action on nearly every snap offensively as he filled in at tackle for an injured Jack English. He recorded four knockdown blocks in the win.
Not that the whole game looked like roses. Glaser had his true freshman moments. At one point, he...
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