Greg’s Grades 2021: William & Mary

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The grades are in.
Nick Jackson makes a tackle during the Virginia win. ~ Photo by Kris Wright/

After a sluggish start, the Virginia football team’s offense got into gear with 10:59 left in the second quarter and proceeded to score five touchdowns and a field goal over its final seven chartable drives. With the defense pitching a shutout on the other side of the ball, the Hoos took care of business against William & Mary on Saturday by a 43-0 score.


Offense: 95.1 (A)

  • Highlights: All four offensive operations scored over 98.6% on first down passing; all four operations scored over 95.75 on third down conversion offense; all four operations scored 100% on total first down offense; the offensive line and running backs led in red zone offense.
  • Not so bright: The biggest blight on the offensive side was that only four of Virginia’s 11 chartable drives were clean (41%) – see below for explanation.

In The Sabre’s preseason roundtable for the “50 Thoughts” series, I was given the question: “what phases of the starting QB’s game are the staff working on hardest?” I said, “I see the staff’s next developmental phases for Brennan Armstrong to be on the cerebral side in terms of reading defenses and becoming a more sophisticated decision maker at quarterback.”