Sleepers in 2011 (ACC)

One sleeper team to watch out for in the ACC will be the Virginia Cavaliers. Sure, posting a 1-7 conference record last season might have you thinking the exact opposite from me, but I believe this team is headed in the right direction. Despite the dismal record, there were several bright spots for Virginia in 2010. In Week 2, the Cavs went on the road to SoCal and held the then #16-ranked Trojans to only 17 points (Virginia ended up losing that contest 17-14). Another bright spot for Virginia was in its victory against #22-ranked Miami. In that game, the Cavaliers defense knocked QB Jacory Harris out of the game while also snagging in 5-INTs, tying a school-record! This squad will definitely be one of the more experienced teams in the ACC with 17 returning starters. Senior DTs Matt Conrath and Nick Jenkins are not only big imposing forces, but they’re also experienced at their positions. The secondary is also deep and features ALL-ACC CB Chase Minnifield. The dude is a ball hawk; he pulled in 6 INTs last season! Second year head coach Mike London is slowly changing the culture down in Charlottesville. London’s not content with mediocrity; he wants his team to dominate all phases of the game. I could definitely envision Virginia “BOWLING” in 2011. 


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