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Virginia Football: 2018 Cavaliers Preview and Prediction

Juan Thornhill, Virginia Football

Juan Thornhill, Virginia Football

Virginia began 2017 with low expectations but finished as one of the ACC's biggest surprises by reaching its first bowl game since 2011. In order for the Cavaliers to replicate last year's success, they have to replace a 3,000-yard passer (Kurt Benkert) and jump-start an offense that averaged only 20.1 points in ACC games last fall. Junior college transfer and former Arizona State quarterback Bryce Perkins is slated to replace Benkert, and his mobility should help alleviate some of the concerns in the trenches. Bronco Mendenhall's defense took a step forward by cutting its yards per play average allowed from 6.3 in 2016 to 5.4 last year. Improving on that total could be difficult with the concerns up front, along with the departure of linebacker Micah Kiser and safety Quin Blanding.

Previewing Virginia Football's Offense for 2018

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