While engaging in conversation at today SEC’s Roundable, a thought-provoking event if ever there was one, I was struck by the similarities between tomorrow’s Virginia and Virginia Tech games.
Some readers might have seen Thursday’s on-line piece on Ball State wide receiver Willie Lee Snead IV, whose father was not called Willie Lee Snead III at the time, played for UVa before transferring to Florida in the mid-1980s.
A UVa legacy could come back to haunt the Cavaliers today and the same thing could happen at Virginia Tech, which plays host to a North Carolina team quarterbacked by Bryn Renner, whose father, Bill, was the Hokies’ punter for two seasons, 1981-82.
Bryn Renner entered the season at Carolina’s No. 3 all-time passer and is in a position to have a big impact today at Lane Stadium, although he was seen in a boot earlier this week.
Willie Snead III is coming off a sophomore season in which he had 89 receptions for 1,148 yards and nine touchdowns. He has three 100-yard receiving days already this year, the last two in succession, and his 611 yards rank third in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Neither Ball State nor Snead has ever played at Virginia. Renner is 1-1 as a starter against the Hokies, who beat UNC 24-21 in Blacksburg in 2011 and lost to the Tar Heels 48-34 last year. He has gone 31-of-56 for 418 yards and two passing TDs to go with a rushing touchdown.
IN AN INTERESTING follow-up to the Virginia-Pittsburgh game, won by the Panthers 14-3, Pitt coach Paul Chryst said he had submitted video to the ACC office that showed UVa linebacker Daequan Romero putting a questionable hit on quarterback Tom Savage, who eventually left the game with concussion symptoms.
“When you put it on the Jumbotron, it looks like it might be something,” UVa coach Mike London said Wednesday on the ACC coaches’ teleconference. “Everyone gets upset or they get to the point where it appears that something may have happened illegally.
“Thank goodness the ACC, [supervisor] Doug Rhoads, the officials, have a chance to look at things like that, slow it down, see the intent of the quarterback, see the intent of the tackler, if the trajectory has changed, angles have changed.
“They make a call based on the facts on the video. Based on what they’ve seen — this being Wednesday — I’ve heard nothing from the ACC office.”
LAST WEEK’S COLUMN mentioned many of the comments made by Georgia Tech fans following a 17-10 loss to Virginia Tech, so I was interested to hear what Yellow Jackets’ coach Paul Johnson had to say this week:
From his Monday news conference at Georgia Tech: “I’m hoping and thinking that the game last Thursday was an enigma where we didn’t play very well. We’ve done that a couple of times against Virginia Tech, but you’ve got to give them credit. They caused some of it because we seem to self-destruct when we play them.”
From the Wednesday ACC coaches’ teleconference: The Hokies “ran the same blitz seven or eight times, and we prepped for it and thought we had it max protected and thought we did some things. We blocked it wrong five out of the seven times. … Virginia Tech is very good defensively. They didn’t need our help.”
A NEWS RELEASE from Hargrave Military Academy earlier this afternoon reports that 6-8 Tigers’ forward Rashard Kelly has committed to Wichita State after receiving interest from Boston College, George Washington, Marshall and Xavier.
Kelly, who is from the Fredericksburg area, played as Massanutten Military Academy during the 2012-2013 season.
PROUD TO SAY I’ve been to Ben Hur, Va., today’s city of the day on the 60’s at 6 program emceed by Phlash Phelps on XM radio.
Ben Hur was the choice because today is Charlton Heston’s birthday.
Prep editor Robert Anderson confirms that while Jonesville is listed as the mailing address for Lee County, it’s really located in Ben Hur. Passed through there on the way back from coverage of 2006 UVa-Western Kentucky men’s basketball game in Bowling Green, Ky.
Added Rye Cove High School in Duffield, Va., on the same trip, although I question whether Rye Cove is in Duffield. It was actually closer to Clinchport until Clinchport was washed away by the great flood of 1977.