Grading Trends For Bronco Mendenhall Era At Virginia

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Virginia won 9 games.
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall has guided the program back to winning seasons over four years. ~ Kris Wright

The Virginia football team resumed its official offseason workouts last week as it continues to ramp up preparations for preseason practice. The Hoos are scheduled to open the season on Sept. 7 against Georgia in Atlanta. The schedule, of course, could change as schools and conferences make decisions during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The Cavaliers began with the current 10-day period that features eight hours per week of weight training, conditioning, and film review. That grows to 20 hours per week with added walk-thru sessions from July 26-August 8 before fall training camp with up to 25 on-field practices begins on August 9.

With the current schedule inching closer on the calendar and the fifth season of the Bronco Mendenhall era up next, it’s a good time for a look at the first four years with Mendenhall at the helm. UVA has moved its final record from 2-10 to 6-7 to 8-5 to 9-5 with three straight bowl appearances. That, of course, followed a drought where the Cavaliers had earned just one bowl trip from 2008-2016. Last season, the Wahoos also captured their first ever ACC Coastal Division title and ended a 15-game losing streak to Virginia Tech in the process. Clearly, progress has been made.

What follows is a table capturing the Pro Football Focus (PFF) grades