50 Virginia Football Thoughts Before Kickoff: A Kelly Breakthrough?

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Tavares Kelly is entering his sophomore season.
Tavares Kelly looks to the sidelines against UNC last season. ~ Mike Ingalls

When it comes to football season, it’s a long time from August to December. The preseason practices and summer workouts without pads give way to everything from week to week game plans to nagging injuries to in-game adjustments to ongoing development and competition. In other words, things change.

With that in mind, the combination of message board threads like this one and thinking back to last summer’s outlook led my thoughts to a rising sophomore. The “50 Virginia Football Thoughts Before Kickoff” series continues. Scroll to the end for previous articles.

47 – Will Tavares Kelly Have A Breakout Season?

Last summer, there was a lot going on with the progress of the Virginia football program. Coach Bronco Mendenhall had made his statement about ACC caliber players, fans were obsessing over Dylan Thompson, and a huge June recruiting weekend raised interest levels, but the Cavaliers still hadn’t been to back-to-back bowl games, posted a winning record, or won a postseason game in more than a decade. Obviously, a lot changed with all of that over the next several