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Johns hopes to build off positives from U.Va.'s loss last season to UCLA as he takes over QB reins

Johns hopes to build off positives from U.Va.'s loss last season to UCLA as he takes over QB reins

Moments after throwing the first touchdown of his college career last season in the opener against UCLA, Virginia's Matt Johns was face-to-face on the sideline with teammate Maurice Canady, delivering a hopeful message Johns wanted his entire team to embrace. Johns and Canady started their connection with U.Va. on the same day, committing June 11, 2011. They'd both experienced a lot of heartache — a 2-10 season in 2013 representing one of the lowest points — while playing for a struggling program leading up to Johns' 29-yard touchdown pass to Andre Levrone that cut UCLA's lead to 21-10 with 52 seconds left in the second quarter, but Johns is hard-wired to...

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