2020 Season Preview – Opening Thoughts

So, uh, this is weird, isn’t it? This is Hoos Place’s fourth academic year of operation, and third of covering football. Every year it feels like something really makes that year unique; key players gone and new players in their place, dramatic endings to the season prior, big philosophical questions

2020 Football Preview Kickoff

Welcome, everyone, to the official kickoff of Hoos Place’s 2020 football season preview. We’ve been working hard to provide Virginia football fans some of the most in-depth coverage available online (and for FREE no less!). We’ll spend the next month rolling out content, including position group reports, breakdowns of the offensive and

Position Reports – Quarterback

Welcome to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.   Virginia had its most successful season in ages in gigantic part because it had its most successful signal caller in ages in Bryce Perkins. For two years

Position Preview – Running Back

Welcome to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.   After the graduation of workhorse tailback Jordan Ellis after the 2018 season, the Hoos went through the 2019 season in a bit of a purgatory with

Position Preview – Wide Receiver and Tight End

Welcome to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.   Virginia had a record-setting passing attack in 2019, thanks primarily to the work put in by the elite WR trio of Joe Reed, Hasise Dubois, and Terrell Jana,

Position Preview – Offensive Line

Welcome to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.   No position group is arguably more important to the success of a team than the offensive line, no position takes longer to develop, and none in the UVA

Phase Summaries: Offense

Welcome back to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above. Intro Virginia’s offense last year had its highs and its lows, but ultimately the highs won out as Bryce Perkins and company won a number of shootouts down

Position Preview – Defensive Line

Welcome to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.   It’s the beginning of a new era for the UVA defensive line. Stalwart Eli Hanback has graduated. And popular position coach Vic So’oto traded in his

Position Preview – Linebacker

Welcome to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.   Linebacker is the glory position in the UVA defense. It sets the pace and #TheStandard. It creates the most havoc and gets the most attention. It even has

Position Preview – Defensive Back

Welcome to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.   The defensive backfield will close out our position group reviews for the defense. The DBs are a bit of a mixed bag this year in that

Phase Summaries – Defense

Welcome back to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above. Intro It’s not often you see the identity of a team flip completely over the course of a season, but that’s what happened to the 2019 Virginia

Position Preview – Special Teams

Welcome to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.   We don’t talk a ton about special teams, but deep down we know how critical they are. They’re a huge driver of “hidden yards,” affecting the

2020 Schedule Preview – First Three

Welcome back to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.   Counting down the days until the season kicks off, we’re ready to start breaking down the schedule game-by-game, with summaries of each team we’ll face and

2020 Schedule Preview – Middle Three

Welcome back to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.   Counting down the days until the season kicks off, we’re ready to start breaking down the schedule game-by-game, with summaries of each team we’ll face and

2020 Schedule Preview – Last Four

Welcome back to our 2020 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.   Counting down the days until the season kicks off, we’re ready to start breaking down the schedule game-by-game, with summaries of each team we’ll face and

Preseason ACC Power Rankings

In years past we’ve focused our football power rankings on the Coastal Division, both as part of our summer previews and as running in-season content. How BC, NC State, and Syracuse racked and stacked was ultimately of very little concern to us Hoos; we really only needed to gauge our

2020 Preseason Preview Mailbag

As always, we like to hear from you, our readers, and see what’s on your mind going into the season. Our cadre of writers will take turns giving their thoughts on your queries below. Of course, you needn’t wait for a Mail Call to interact with us… we man our

Meet the New Faces – The First-Years

It’s always exciting to welcome new Hoos to the football program. Every season we get twenty or so new faces on the team, many of whom are going to do great things at UVA over the next four or five years. Today we’re excited to recap the 14 new first years (yes,

Meet the New Faces – The Transfers

In any given year, when we talk about new faces on the football team, we’re talking almost exclusively about the new freshmen. It’s not to say that UVA, either under Bronco or under previous regimes, didn’t take transfers. But it was maybe one or two a year.  This year is

Keys to the Season

Every year as we wind down our season previews for football and basketball, we ask our writers to look critically at UVA and talk about the X-Factors to a successful season. What three things do they think the season will ultimately boil down to? Maybe it’s a player, maybe it’s 

Bold Predictions

We’re almost done with our 2020 football preview content, and now’s the point where we survey our writers and ask them to share their Bold Predictions for the season ahead. And when we say “bold,” we’re asking our writers to really go out on a limb, no safe predictions. As

Final Thoughts

As we wrap our official season preview coverage and next week go into our usual game-week battle rhythm talking the Tech game, the last thing we want to do is share our Final Thoughts. This is our usual place for each of our writers to spend a few minutes stepping