Virginia Defense Proves to be a Winner, Offense Still Suspect

By: Jed Gamber Email
By: Jed Gamber Email

October 4, 2009

Just look at the stats. 174 total yards, 39 of them rushing, only 9 first downs, and 3 turnovers for UNC.

And, Virginia wins a football game!

The biggest story so far this season was the offense for the Cavs...or lack thereof. On Saturday however, that same offense did it's part to get the necessary points on the board. It also capitalized on a turnover which resulted in a Mikell Simpson touchdown.

So, how good can this defense be? Relentless pressure from the front seven got the job done against the Heels, but where do they go from here? Should they keep Vic Hall on the defense to strengthen an already strong defensive secondary?

Though the game was Virginia's first win, they still have a long way to go if they want any hope at a bowl game later this year.

Here are a few things they need to focus on.
- Building an offensive image.
Mikell Simpson finally had a breakout game with 20 carries and 100 yards. They must build on the run game so the passing game can flourish with Jameel Sewell. If Simpson appears to be effective, play action passes will be more so.

- Keep the "D" hungry.
You know that Cavalier defense enjoyed beating up on T.J. Yates all afternoon. Now, with more complex blitz packages proving to be effective, look to see Al Groh's squad put added pressure on QB's for the rest of the season.

- Find a place for Vic
Vic Hall started the game in the slot on offense, then drops the first ball thrown his way. Then on defense, he had a flash of greatness as he was one of many that made his way to Yates on Saturday. I've heard from players that he's the most athletic member of the team. If that is indeed the case, find the most effective place for him and keep him there. My suggestion: Keep him on defense. He's played there a majority of his collegiate career and has been making plays. There are several young and athletic wide receivers and they will develop just fine. He won't be at QB with Jameel starting to get comfortable.

The team can win, but they just need some fine tuning. Hopefully they'll get that before it's too late.

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