Matt Gahm Gives Virginia Football Reliable Play At Outside Linebacker

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Matt Gahm started 4 games in 2019.
Matt Gahm came through with a big sack late against Virginia Tech. ~ Mike Ingalls

When Virginia football fans look at the 2020 roster, it’s easy to get excited about the potential for the defense. The Cavaliers, after all, return quite a bit of experience on that side of the ball, including some players with multiple years as starters in their spots.

The Hoos bring back 11 players that started one of the final three games of the season and that doesn’t even account for Brenton Nelson and Darrius Bratton, who missed part or all of the 2019 campaign due to injuries. Clicking through the names goes quickly when these conversations pop up on the message boards. Mandy Alonso, Richard Burney, Aaron Faumui, Jowon Briggs, Charles Snowden, Noah Taylor, Zane Zandier, Joey Blount, Nick Grant, De’Vante Cross, and so on.

One name, however, seems to get overlooked. Matt Gahm. He’s not among the 11 names that started one of the final three games, yet he did log four starts last season at outside linebacker and that included the season opener at Pittsburgh. Gahm was listed on the depth chart as an ‘or’ starter with Taylor at the outside spot opposite of Snowden. Entering his fourth year of playing time and third year of