2007 Virginia Cavaliers football team

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NCAATeamFootballSeason
Year=2007
Team=Virginia Cavaliers


Conference=Atlantic Coast Conference
Division=Coastal
ShortConference=ACC
Record=9–4
ConfRecord=6–2
CoachRank=
APRank=
BCSRank=
HeadCoach=Al Groh
OffCoach=Mike Groh
DefCoach=Mike London
OScheme=West Coast
DScheme=3–4
StadiumArena=Scott Stadium
Champion=
BowlTourney=Gator Bowl
BowlTourneyResult=Lost, 28–31
The 2007 Virginia Cavaliers Football Team represented the University of Virginia in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's coach is coach Al Groh. It plays its home games at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Preseason

The Cavaliers and coach Al Groh face a pivotal season in 2007 as they attempt to overcome their losing record in 2006. While the defense made improvements under new coordinator Mike London, the offense struggled all season. In November 2006, Groh indicated that he was not ready to "anoint" Jameel Sewell, who started the final nine games of 2006, as the unquestioned quarterback for 2007. [cite web | url=http://www.roanoke.com/sports/uvainsider/wb/94874 | title=Groh not ready to ‘anoint’ Sewell|last=Doughty|first=Doug|publisher=The Roanoke Times|accessdate=2007-09-21]

The Cavaliers were a young team in 2006, leading Groh to joke that the 2007 team was playing the 2006 season. [cite web|url=http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-footbl/07daysva.html|title=Much Anticipated 2007 Season Arrives for the Cavaliers|last=Featherston|first=Al|publisher=theACC.com|accessdate=2007-09-20] While Groh had frequently played true freshman in earlier seasons, sometime for very limited action, he redshirted the entire freshman class in 2006 except for defensive lineman Nate Collins. Several players from that class are expected to be contributors in 2007, in particular running back Keith Payne has generated excitement among fans. Several talented true freshmen, such as quarterback Peter Lalich, joined the team in 2007. [cite web | url=http://msn.foxsports.com/cfb/story/7002946?CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=24| title=2007 Preview: Virginia|last=Fiutak|first=Pete|publisher="Fox Sports"|date=2007-08-09|accessdate=2007-10-08]

Schedule

CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = l
date = September 1
nonconf = yes
away = yes
time = 2:00 p.m.
rank =
opponent = cfb link|team=Wyoming Cowboys|year=2007|title=Wyoming
site_stadium = War Memorial Stadium
site_cityst = Laramie, WY
tv = Versus
score = 3–23
[http://www.virginiasports.com/fls/17800/stats/football/2007/va0901.htm Stats]
attend = 31,620
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = w
date = September 8
time = 12:00 noon
rank =
opponent = cfb link|team=Duke Blue Devils|year=2007|title=Duke
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
tv = Raycom Sports
score = 24–13
[http://www.virginiasports.com/fls/17800/stats/football/2007/va0908.htm Stats]
overtime =
attend = 58,554
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = w
date = September 15
away = yes
time = 12:00 noon
rank =
opponent = North Carolina
site_stadium = Kenan Stadium
site_cityst = Chapel Hill, NC
tv = Raycom Sports
score = 22–20
[http://www.virginiasports.com/fls/17800/stats/football/2007/NC0915.HTM Stats]
gamename = South's Oldest Rivalry
overtime =
attend = 58,000
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = w
date = September 22
time = 12:00 noon
rank =
opprank =
opponent = Georgia Tech
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
tv = ESPNU
score = 28–23
[http://www.virginiasports.com/fls/17800/stats/football/2007/va0922.htm Stats]
overtime =
attend = 57,681
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = w
date = September 29
time = 7:00 p.m.
nonconf = yes
rank =
opprank =
opponent = cfb link|team=Pittsburgh Panthers|title=Pittsburgh|year=2007
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
tv = ESPNU
score = 44–14
[http://www.virginiasports.com/fls/17800/stats/football/2007/va0929.htm Stats]
overtime =
attend = 60,888
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = w
date = October 6
time = 7:00 p.m.
rank =
away = yes
nonconf = yes
opprank =
opponent = Middle Tennessee
site_stadium = Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium
site_cityst = Murfeesboro, TN
tv = CSS
score = 23–21
[http://www.virginiasports.com/fls/17800/stats/football/2007/va1006.htm Stats]
overtime =
attend = 23,227
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = w
date = October 13
homecoming = yes
time = 3:30 p.m.
nonconf = yes
rank =
opprank =
opponent = Connecticut
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
gamename =
tv = ESPNU
score = 17–16
[http://www.virginiasports.com/fls/17800/stats/football/2007/va1013.htm Stats]
overtime =
attend = 60,004
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = w
date = October 20
nonconf =
time = 8:00 p.m.
away = yes
rank = 24
opprank =
opponent = Maryland
site_stadium = Byrd Stadium
site_cityst = College Park, MD
gamename =
tv = ESPN2
score = 18–17
[http://www.virginiasports.com/fls/17800/stats/football/2007/oct20.htm Stats]
overtime =
attend = 52,782
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l =l
date = October 27
time = 4:30 p.m.
rank = 18
away = yes
opprank =
opponent = cfb link|year=2007|team=NC State Wolfpack|title=NC State
site_stadium = Carter-Finley Stadium
site_cityst = Raleigh, NC
gamename =
tv = ESPNU
score = 24–29
[http://www.virginiasports.com/fls/17800/stats/football/2007/st102707.htm Stats]
overtime =
attend = 55,342
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = w
date = November 3
homecoming =
time = 12:00 noon
rank =
opprank =
opponent = Wake Forest
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
gamename =
tv = Raycom Sports
score = 17–16
[http://www.virginiasports.com/fls/17800/stats/football/2007/va1103.htm Stats]
overtime =
attend = 60,106
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = w
date = November 10
time = 7:15 p.m.
away = yes
rank = 21
opprank =
opponent = Miami
site_stadium = Miami Orange Bowl
site_cityst = Miami, FL
gamename =
tv = ESPN2
score = 48–0
[http://www.virginiasports.com/fls/17800/stats/football/2007/va1110.htm Stats]
overtime =
attend = 62,106
CFB Schedule Entry
w/l = l
date = November 24
time = 12:00 noon
rank = 15
away =
opprank = 8
opponent = Virginia Tech
site_stadium = Scott Stadium
site_cityst = Charlottesville, VA
gamename = Commonwealth Cup
tv = ESPN2
score = 21–33
[http://www.virginiasports.com/fls/17800/stats/football/2007/va1124.htm Stats]
overtime =
attend = 61,711 [ [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/scoreboards/2007/11/24/36345_viewcast.html CNNSI] ]
CFB Schedule Entry
date = January 1
time = 1:00 p.m.
w/l = l
away =
neutral = yes
rank = 20
opponent = Texas Tech
opprank =
site_stadium = Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
site_cityst = Jacksonville, Florida
gamename = Gator Bowl
tv = CBS
score = 28–31
overtime =
attend = 50,000 [cite web|url=http://www.roanoke.com/sports/college/wb/145675|title=Stadium barely half full at Gator Bowl|publisher="Roanoke Times"|accessdate=2008-01-03|date=2007-01-03] [Attendance estimated by source.]

Coaching staff

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Passing

pecial teams

After the season

Comments

Awards

* Al Groh
** ACC Coach of the Year [cite web|url=http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17800&ATCLID=1327514|title=Al Groh Selected ACC Coach of the Year
accessdate=2007-11-29|date=2007-11-27|publisher=VirginiaSports.com
] [cite web|last=White|first=Jeff|url=http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/sports/more.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2007-11-28-0160.html|title=Groh top coach in ACC|accessdate=2007-11-29|date=2007-11-28|publisher="Richmond Times Dispatch"]
* Chris Long
** Unanimous All-American [NCAA recognizes five All-America teams: The Associated Press, The American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News, The Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Football Writers of America Association.]
*** Associated Press First-Team All America Teamcite web|url=http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=1351431&DB_OEM_ID=17800|title=Chris Long Becomes Unanimous All-American with Selection to AP Team|accessdate=2007-12-11|date=2007-12-12|publisher=VirginiaSports.com]
*** Football Writers of America Association First-Team All-America Team
*** American Football Coaches Association First-Team All-America Team [cite web|url=http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=1329614&DB_OEM_ID=17800|title=Chris Long Named to AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team|accessdate=2007-11-29|date=2007-11-29|publisher=VirginiaSports.com]
*** Walter Camp Football Foundation First-Team All-Americacite web|url=http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=1350272&DB_OEM_ID=17800|title=Chris Long Named to Football Writers All-America Team|accessdate=2007-12-10|date=2007-12-08|publisher=VirginiaSports.com]
*** The Sporting News First-Team All-America
** CBSSports.com First-Team All-America
** Rivals.com First-Team All-America
** Ted Hendricks Award winner as the nation's top defensive end
** First-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference
** Dudley Award winner as the top collegiate player in the state of Virginia
** Richmond Touchdown Club Defensive Lineman of the Year
** ACC Defensive Player of the Year [cite web|url=http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=1329136&DB_OEM_ID=17800|title=Chris Long Named ACC Defensive Player of the Year|accessdate=2007-11-29|date=2007-11-28|publisher=VirginiaSports.com] [cite web|last=White|first=Jeff|url=http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/sports.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2007-11-29-0165.html|title=It's Long, in a landslide|accessdate=2007-11-29|date=2007-11-28|publisher="Richmond Times Dispatch"]
* Branden Albert
** Associated Press Third-Team All America Team
* Tom Santi
** ACC James E. Tatum Award (top senior student-athlete) [cite web|url=http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=1329862&DB_OEM_ID=17800|title=Tom Santi Receives ACC’s Jim Tatum Award|accessdate=2007-11-29|date=2007-11-29|publisher=VirginiaSports.com]

References

External links

* [http://www.virginiasports.com Official University of Virginia Sports]
* [http://www.thesabre.com TheSabre.com]


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