Formidable early-season opponents for
The most recent news broke Saturday night, when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Ken Sugiura reported that
Young started 12 games last season as a sophomore and is among three first-stringers returning in Georgia Tech's secondary. He is a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel, the suburban-Washington high school that's a recruiting haven for Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Absent Young, Georgia Tech, projected as the
Thomas had eight tackles, including a sack, in a
* No roster has been ravaged more this offseason than
The headline departures are tailback Silas Redd (1,241 yards rushing) to Southern California, receiver Justin Brown (35 catches, 517 yards) to
This for a team that ranked 110th among 120 Bowl Subdivision programs last season in scoring at 19.3 points per game. Conversely, Penn State (9-4 last year) was fifth in scoring defense at 16.8 points per game and should be stingy again.
Virginia is the first road test for new coach Bill O'Brien – the Nittany Lions open a home against Ohio – and a program coping with unrivaled adversity. If the Cavaliers can swipe this game, they'll be on their way to a second consecutive bowl season.
* Following Penn State, Virginia faces its first road trip, to Texas Christian. The
During that investigation, police interviewed TCU quarterback Casey Pachall, who then admitted to failing an athletics department drug test. Authorities did not charge Pachall, but questions lingered about university discipline.
Coach Gary Patterson announced Saturday that Pachall has completed drug and alcohol counseling and will not be suspended from any games. Pachall passed for a school-record 2,921 yards in 2011 as a sophomore.
Among the four players booted from the program was linebacker Tanner Brock, the leading tackler on the 2010 squad that went 13-0 and defeated Wisconsin in the
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