Virginia Football Midseason Grade Report

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The Pro Football Focus grades give Brennan Armstrong high marks to date. ~ Photo courtesy of Erin Edgerton/The Daily Progress

The Virginia football team snapped out of a four-game slump and finished October with a 44-41 win against North Carolina. That pushed the Hoos’ record to 2-4 with 5 games remaining on the schedule. With the season at its halfway point, that’s a good time to evaluate the overall grades so far.

First, let’s look at the offense.

Overall Offense

Whether you look at the Pro Football Focus (PFF) grades or Greg’s Grades (GG) produced by Greg Waters here at The Sabre, you see an offense that’s been mostly average for most of the season. (Keep in mind for this article that the two grading systems are on different scales, but you’ll see similar patterns emerge.) That lines up with the Cavaliers’ scoring average, which at 27.2 points per game ranks 76th nationally out of 123 teams that have played this season. The highest grade this season came against North Carolina.

Of course, you often hear coach Bronco Mendenhall use the term complementary football and the offense’s two best games came when the defense created its most turnovers. Against Duke, the Cavaliers had 7 takeaways and the offense ended up with 38 points and high grades (70.7 PFF, 82.5 GG). Against Carolina, UVA recovered two fumbles and the offense posted 44 points and high grades (74.9 PFF, 94.9 GG).

The season progression for