Analyzing Third Down Defense At Virginia

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Virginia opens the season against William & Mary. ~ Photo courtesy Erin Edgerton/The Daily Progress via ACC pool

The Virginia football team struggled defensively last season, a trend that’s running at 17 games currently, and that has generated much of the offseason chatter. The pass defense in particular has been in the spotlight because that was such a glaring issue last season. It’s been kind of a “yeah, but” phenomenon in that sense.

At times, almost any topic could drift back to it. The traditional running game with an experienced line could be better this year … yeah, but if the pass defense doesn’t improve, it may not matter. Brennan Armstrong is back as a second-year starter and … yeah, but. The transfer punter … yeah, but. The Cavaliers are strong at