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2019 Football Season Preview

Welcome, everyone, to the official kickoff of Hoos Place's 2019 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 defensive phases, and an overview of the schedule, before we wrap up with final thoughts on Virginia's upcoming season.

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At ACC Media Days in July, Virginia was picked to win the Coastal Division.

Welcome back to our 2019 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.

The Hoos went into the 2018 football season with a new quarterback.  Kurt Benkert had graduated and signed with the NFL's Falcons, and the reins had been p...

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It probably didn’t take long for most Virginia fans to realize they were going to love watching Olamide Zaccheaus. In the final two games of his freshman ...

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In 2017, Virginia averaged 3.1 yards per rushing play. That ticked up almost 1.5 yards last season to 4.5 per play. That’s a big jump, and a lot of that i...

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Who's Gone?

Virginia loses two and a half starters from last year's line, including the entire right side, in addition to a couple of unused reserves.

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Who's Gone?

Dylan Thompson - The rent-a-senior from Ohio State took a while to get going, arriving late, needing a lot of conditioning and playbook work, be...

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Welcome back to our 2019 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.

Taking over and transforming the Virginia football program has been no easy feat for Bronco Mendenhall for 2016. But if Mike London left him with one valuable t...

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Who's Gone?

The Cavaliers suffered major losses from a special teams corps that was already not the team's strength.  What's worse is that the players they ...

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Relative to the many strides Virginia football has made since hiring Bronco Mendenhall, the development of an offensive identity has been a somewhat slow endeavor. Simply put, the Hoos&...

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Intro

 

Bronco Mendenhall’s reputation throughout his career has been as a defensive guru, and he’s certainly shown it in Charlottesville. After ...

Hopefully the title here is pretty self-explanatory. This is the first in a two-part series where we’ll ask five intriguing questions by position unit heading into fall camp and the regular season, first starting with the offense. Some questions are scheme-related, while others are production-related. Likewise, some questions are more intriguing than necessarily related to on-field performance, and vice versa. The intent here isn’t to preview, but rather to evaluate the battles taking place and schemes being designed and tweaked by the staff.

This is the second part of the two-part series where we’ll ask five intriguing questions by position unit heading into fall camp and the regular season, this time focusing on the defefnse. 

 

1) Defensive Line: What does the rotation look like?

It’s kind of nice to have this question, which was more of an afterthought a year ago...

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It's a Coastal preview and not an ACC one because the Coastal is our football conference.  When entire recruiting classes will never play Florida State or Clemson, and entire decades go by without them visiting, you're in a loose scheduling arrangement, not a conference.

By now the Coastal Division's reputation for chaos borne of mediocre football is well-earned.  It doesn't get more chaotic than six years, six different champions - or more mediocre th...

Welcome back to our 2019 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 our confidence level in the H...

Welcome back to our 2019 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.

 

Welcome back to our 2019 Football Season Preview. To view our preview table of contents and read already-completed pieces, click here or on the Series button above.

 

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 Twitter account far more continuously than our employers or wives may like! So reach out anytime.

Let's dive in and see what questions and concerns you have for us going into yet another high expectation s...

It's Game Week! And that meant that this morning, Virginia released their first depth chart of the season. A lot of what we've written over the course of the last 3-4 weeks became old information as the summer workouts continued to progress, with some youngsters impressing, some veterans suffering injuries, and some reshuffling of personnel in deep position groups to get the best players on the field. 

Today, we're doing a Hot Take on the newly released dep...

Every year, we like to do a piece on bold predictions. Emphasis is on the "bold." We want our writers' long shot bets on the year ahead. It has to be more specific and more daring than "UVA will win a lot of games," though preferably stopping short of the simply impossible like "Georgia Tech is going to run the table." We've asked each of our writers to share their thoughts on this topic; lets hope some of these come true:

Karl Hess

Charles Snowden has a bre...

We approach each season with high hopes. We always have, we're painful optimists. But those hopes have accelerated after last year's progress. Virginia is a trendy pick to win the Coastal and get a few monkeys off its back with a big year; but being a preseason favorite wins you no games, and instead just paints a target on your back. Getting over the hump this year is everyone's goal. What is it going to take to actually turn those goals into reality? Hoos Place's writers weigh in with our Keys to the Season:

The preseason preview is winding down. The next thing we write will be the Pitt game preview. We've covered a lot of ground to this point; in depth position group previews, critical looks at each side of the ball, a game-by-game breakdown of the season, and a look at the rest of the Coastal. Now's the point where our writers share their final thoughts going into the new year, their hopes and fears and everything in between. 

Karl Hess

Besides the obvious exc...