September 8, 2009
Al Groh preaches the 'next man up' mentality to his players, and if there is any place it is needed this season, it's at linebacker. Virginia lost its three leading tacklers from a year ago, all who played that position, but one redshirt freshman is making his presence known.
Steve Greer made his first appearance for the Cavaliers in Saturday's loss to William and Mary. Greer made the start at inside linebacker and burst onto the scene. He led the team with ten tackles on the night, including a tackle for loss. It was a great collegiate debut for the Ohio native who sat out game action in 2008.
Greer teams up with Denzel Burrell, Darren Childs, and Aaron Clark to form a pretty solid group of linebackers for Groh's 3-4 system. That group headlines a defense that found itself in tough situations in terms of short fields on Saturday night, resulting from turnovers.
Greer and the Cavaliers will kickoff against Texas Christian on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 3:30pm. Click on the above video link the hear from Greer, and from head coach Al Groh.