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2019 Virginia Cavaliers football team

The 2019 Virginia Cavaliers football team represents the University of Virginia during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cavaliers are led by fourth-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall and play their home games at Scott Stadium.

2019 Virginia Cavaliers football
U of Virginia text logo.svg
ACC Coastal Division champion
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionCoastal Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 22
APNo. 22
CFPNo. 23
2019 record9–4 (6–2 ACC)
Head coachBronco Mendenhall (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorRobert Anae (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorNick Howell (4th season)
Co-defensive coordinatorKelly Poppinga (2nd as co-DC; 4th overall season)
Home stadiumScott Stadium
(Capacity: 61,500)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 3 Clemson x$   8 0         13 0  
Louisville   5 3         7 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 4  
Florida State   4 4         6 6  
Boston College   4 4         6 6  
Syracuse   2 6         5 7  
NC State   1 7         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 23 Virginia x   6 2         9 4  
Virginia Tech   5 3         8 4  
Miami   4 4         6 6  
Pittsburgh   4 4         7 5  
North Carolina   4 4         6 6  
Duke   3 5         5 7  
Georgia Tech   2 6         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 62, Virginia 17
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
As of December 8, 2019; Rankings from College Football Playoff

PreseasonEdit

Preseason media pollEdit

In the preseason ACC media poll, Virginia was predicted to win the Coastal Division, but received just one vote out of 173 to win the ACC Championship Game.[1]

Media poll (Coastal Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Virginia 1003 (82)
2 Miami (FL) 992 (55)
3 Virginia Tech 827 (20)
4 Pittsburgh 691 (8)
5 Duke 566 (6)
6 North Carolina 463 (1)
7 Georgia Tech 302 (1)
Media poll (ACC Championship)
Rank Team Votes
1 Clemson 170
2 Syracuse 2
3 Virginia 1

Regular SeasonEdit

Bronco Mendenhall became the first coach to bring both trophies to Charlottesville at the same time. The Jefferson-Eppes Trophy may remain in Cavalier hands until at least 2025, as FSU does not appear on the ACC schedules for Virginia through 2024.

As projected by the pre-season media, Virginia won the Coastal division for the first time despite an early season-ending injury to the team's highest NFL prospect, Bryce Hall, in the game against Miami.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 317:30 p.m.at PittsburghACCNW 30–1447,144
September 68:00 p.m.William & Mary*ACCNW 52–1745,250
September 147:30 p.m.Florida StateNo. 25
ACCNW 31–2457,826
September 217:00 p.m.Old Dominion*No. 21
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ESPN2W 28–1744,573
September 283:30 p.m.at No. 10 Notre Dame*No. 18NBCL 20–3577,622
October 118:00 p.m.at Miami (FL)No. 20ESPNL 9–1754,538
October 193:30 p.m.Duke
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ACCNW 48–1452,847
October 263:30 p.m.at LouisvilleACCNL 21–2848,689
November 27:30 p.m.at North CarolinaACCNW 38–3150,500
November 912:30 p.m.Georgia Tech 
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ACCRSNW 33–2844,596
November 2312:00 p.m.Liberty*
  • Scott Stadium
  • Charlottesville, VA
ACCRSNW 55–2737,329
November 2912:00 p.m.No. 24 Virginia Tech
ABCW 39–3052,619
December 77:30 p.m.vs. No. 3 ClemsonNo. 23ABCL 17–6266,810
Schedule Source:[2]

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Staff as of 2019.[3][4]

Name Position
Bronco Mendenhall Head Coach
Nick Howell Defensive Coordinator, Secondary Coach
Kelly Poppinga Co Defensive Coordinator, Outside Linebackers Coach
Shane Hunter Inside Linebackers Coach
Vic So'oto Defensive line
Robert Anae Offensive Coordinator, Inside Receivers Coach
Mark Atuaia Running Backs Coach
Jason Beck Quarterbacks Coach
Marques Hagans Wide Receivers Coach
Garett Tujague Offensive Line Coach
Ricky Brumfield Special Teams Coordinator

RosterEdit

2019 Virginia Cavaliers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 63 Tyler Fannin   So
C, OG 55 Olusegun Oluwatimi So
C, OG Gerrik Vollmer So
FB 27 Jamari Peacock Jr
FB Andrew Yavinsky So
HB 80 Billy Kemp IV So
OG Kariem Al Soufi Fr
OG 52 Joe Bissinger RFr
OG Charlie Boxley Fr
OG Micah Mariteragi RFr
OG 79 Dillon Reinkensmeyer Jr
OG Zachary Teter Fr
OG 64 Ben Trent Jr
OG Martin Weisz RFr
OT 67 Derek Devine RFr
OT Alex Gellerstedt Fr
OT Landry Gerbers Fr
OT 69 Chris Glaser Jr
OT 70 Bobby Haskins So
OT 75 Ja'Quay Hubbard Fr
OT 65 Jonathan Leech Fr
OT Jack Keenan RFr
OT 54 Ryan Nelson So
OT 72 Ryan Swoboda So
QB 10 Brennan Armstrong RFr
QB 40 RJ Harvey Fr
QB Jared Rayman Fr
QB 3 Bryce Perkins Sr
QB 36 Lindell Stone So
QB Luke Wentz Fr
RB 20 Mike Hollins Fr
RB 37 Perris Jones RFr
RB 96 Seneca Milledge Fr
RB Justin Zollar Sr
TB 5 Lamont Atkins Jr
TB 6 PK Kier Jr
TB 31 Chris Sharp Sr
TB 21 Wayne Taulapapa So
TE 44 Tanner Cowley Sr
TE 46 Christian Baumgardner Jr
TE 85 Grant Misch RFr
TE T.J. Kitts So
TE Mike Kosar
WR 9 Terrell Chatman Sr
WR 77 Josh Clifford Fr
WR 19 Chuck Davis Jr
WR 8 Hasise Dubois Sr
WR Shane Eilers So
WR 18 Ben Hogg RSr
WR 13 Terrell Jana Jr
WR 88 Tavares Kelly Jr So
WR 83 Hayden Mitchell So
WR 86 Ugo Obasi So
WR 59 Darnell Pratt So
WR 2 Joe Reed Sr
WR 82 Brandon White RFr
WR 51 Jalen Harrison Jr
WR 84 Dorien Goddard Fr
WR 87 Dontayvion Wicks Fr
WR 89 Dejon Brissett Sr
WR Nathaniel Beal III Fr
WR Tristan Hillerich So
WR John Izlar Fr
WR Zack Kindel Fr
WR Andrew Spaziani Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 39 Jaylon Baker RFr
CB 32 Darrius Bratton Jr
CB Mark Chichester RFr
CB 41 Germane Crowell So
CB 1 Nick Grant Jr
CB 34 Bryce Hall Sr
CB Myles Robinson Jr
CB 23 Heskin Smith So
DB Jude Carlon Fr
DB 60 Chayce Chalmers Fr
DB 30 Antonio Clary Fr
DB 53 Fentrell Cypress II Fr
DB 74 Jake Dewease Fr
DB 92 Tenyeh Dixon Fr
DB 49 Coen King RFr
DB 68 Sean Moore Fr
DB 25 Joseph White RFr
DB 90 Major Williams Fr
DE 16 Richard Burney Sr
DE 91 Mandy Alonso Jr
DE 95 Ben Smiley III Fr
DL Isaac Buell So
DE Sam Galletta Fr
DL Samson Reed RFr
DT 99 Jowon Briggs So
DT 50 Tommy Christ So
DT 94 Aaron Faumui So
DT 58 Eli Hanback Sr
NT 76 Jordan Redmond So
FS 15 De'Vante Cross Jr
FS 7 Chris Moore Jr
FS 28 Brenton Nelson Jr
FS 29 Joey Blount Jr
ILB 78 Josh Ahern Fr
ILB 38 T.C. Harrison RFr
ILB 42 Nick Jackson Fr
ILB 45 Reed Kellam Sr
ILB 4 Jordan Mack Sr
ILB DaJuan Moore RFr
ILB 22 Robert Snyder Jr
ILB 33 Zane Zandier Jr
LB Evan Clark RFr
LB Aidan Saunders Fr
OLB 17 Elliott Brown Jr
OLB 47 Dre Bryant Jr
OLB 57 Colin Dixon So
OLB 56 Matt Gahm Jr
OLB 98 D'Sean Perry Fr
OLB 66 Jairus Satiu Fr
OLB 11 Charles Snowden Jr
OLB 93 Hunter Stewart Fr
OLB 14 Noah Taylor So
S 71 Darren Klein RFr
S Vinnie Vladic RFr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 26 Brian Delaney Jr
K 43 Justin Duenkel Fr
PK A.J. Mejia Jr
PK Hunter Pearson RFr
P Brendan Farrell Fr
PK, P 81 Nash Griffin Jr
LS 61 Enzo Anthony Fr
LS 62 Lee Dudley RFr
LS Tucker Finkelston RFr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Robert Anae (BYU)
    Offensive Coordinator, Inside Receivers
  • Marques Hagans (Virginia)
    Wide Receivers
  • Mark Atuaia (BYU)
    Running Backs
  • Garett Tujague (BYU)
    Offensive Line
  • Jason Beck (BYU)
    Quarterbacks
  • Vic So'oto (BYU)
    Defensive Line
  • Nick Howell (Weber State)
    Defensive Coordinator, Secondary
  • Kelly Poppinga (BYU)
    Co-Defensive Coordinator Coordinator, Outside Linebackers
  • Shane Hunter (BYU)
    Inside Linebackers
  • Rickey Brumfield (Utah State)
    Special Teams Coordinator
  • Patrick Hickman (BYU)
    Director of Football Operations
  • Justin Anderson (BYU)
    Director of Player Personnel
  • Jordan Arcement (Nicholls State)
    Assistant Director of Player Personnel
  • Shawn Griswold (Utah State)
    Director of Football Training & Player Development
  • Matt Edwards (BYU)
    Football Analyst
  • Kirk Garner (Virginia)
    Graduate Assistant
  • C.J. Stalker (Virginia)
    Graduate Assistant
  • Jackson Matteo (Virginia)
    Graduate Assistant
  • Andrew Meyer (Wisconsin)
    Graduate Assistant

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 2018-07-27

Depth chartEdit

Game summariesEdit

at PittsburghEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 10 3 10 7 30
Panthers 0 14 0 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–8 Nov. 2, 2018 L, 13–23

William & MaryEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tribe 0 3 7 7 17
Cavaliers 21 14 7 10 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–6–1 Sept. 2, 2017 W, 28–10

Florida StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Seminoles 0 14 3 7 24
No. 25 Cavaliers 3 7 0 21 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–14 Nov. 8, 2014 L, 20–34

Old DominionEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Monarchs 10 7 0 0 17
No. 21 Cavaliers 0 7 7 14 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Notre DameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 18 Cavaliers 7 10 0 3 20
No. 10 Fighting Irish 14 0 14 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 Sept. 12, 2015 L, 27–34

at Miami (FL)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 20 Cavaliers 0 3 0 6 9
Hurricanes 7 0 0 10 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–9 Oct. 13, 2018 W, 16–13

DukeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 0 0 7 7 14
Cavaliers 0 17 24 7 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
37–33 Oct. 20, 2018 W, 28–14

at LouisvilleEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 7 7 0 7 21
Cardinals 7 0 7 14 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 Sept. 22, 2018 W, 27–3

at North CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 7 10 21 0 38
Tar Heels 3 14 14 0 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
56–64–4 Oct. 27, 2018 W, 31–21

Georgia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 14 7 0 7 28
Cavaliers 14 10 0 9 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–21–1 Nov. 17, 2018 L, 27–30

LibertyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Flames 7 7 7 6 27
Cavaliers 10 14 14 17 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 Nov. 10, 2018 W, 45–24

Virginia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 24 Hokies 3 3 21 3 30
Cavaliers 13 0 7 19 39
Overall record Last meeting Result
37–58–5 Nov. 23, 2018 L, 31–34

Clemson (ACC Championship Game)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cavaliers 0
Tigers 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–38–1 Nov. 2, 2013 L, 10–59

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP RV RV 25 21 18 23 20 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 22  
Coaches RV RV RV 22 18 22 19 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 22  
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR 23 Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Clemson Favored to Continue ACC Football Championship Run". theACC.com. Atlantic Coast Conference. July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "Virginia Announces 2019 Football Schedule". VirginiaSports.com. University of Virginia Athletics. January 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "Mendenhall Adds Eight to Coaching Staff" (Press release). Virginia Cavaliers. December 12, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "Mendenhall Announces Defensive Coaching Switch" (Press release). Virginia Cavaliers. March 18, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "DEPTH CHART" (PDF) (Press release). Virginia Cavaliers. August 26, 2019. Retrieved August 26, 2019.