Just out of curiosity, I printed out the lists of Virginia’s football signees in 2009 and 2010 to see how the Cavaliers got to the point where they’re dressing seven seniors – six scholarship seniors and walk-on Billy Skrobacz — for tomorrow’s game with Virginia Tech.
There were a total of 42 signees in those two classes, although the actual number should be 40 because 2009 signees Morgan Moses and Cody Wallace both went to Fork Union and were listed in 2010 as well.
So, we know what’s become of six of those players. What’s become of the rest?Seven of the 2009 signees completed their eligibility in 2012. They were Oday Aboushi, Lovante Battle, Paul Freedman, Will Hill, Perry Jones, LaRoy Reynolds and Tucker Windle. That puts the number at 33.
(Why some of those guys weren’t redshirted, we’ll never know).
Transfers out of the 2009 class included Quintin Hunter (JMU), Corey Lillard (Liberty and later Lindsey Wilson), Ross Metheny (South Alabama), Justin Renfrow (Miami) and Hunter Steward (Liberty). That leaves 28 to be accounted for.
Transfers out of the 2010 class included Ryan Cobb (Delaware), Michael Rocco (Richmond) and Michael Strauss (Richmond). That gets me down to 25.
Injuries prematurely ended the careers of 2009 signees Sean Cascarano, who started every game at offensive guard in 2012, and Conner McCartin. (23).
Another 2009 signee, wide receiver Bobby Smith, also had medical issues before he, too, dropped off the roster (22)
Javanti Sparrow, a 2009 signee, was said to have transferred to Liberty in 2011 but no longer appears on the roster. Once-prized running back Dominique Wallace indicated he was giving up football but was later tied to Arizona Western (20).
Tight end and 2009 signee Jeremiah Mathis was a contributor for several seasons before he was indefinitely suspended last March (19).
Kevin Royal, a wide receiver once known by his Twitter name, “SneakAHeadKev,” continues to appear on Twitter and often comments on the program but hasn’t been listed on the roster for a while (18).
Then there are the six seniors, not counting Skrobacz, who will play against Tech. They are fifth-year seniors Luke Bowanko, Moses, Tim Smith, Jake Snyder and Brent Urban, as well as fourth-year senior Rijo Walker.
That leaves us with 12 fourth-year juniors who are eligible to return in 2014: Pablo Alvarez, Chris Brathwaite, Henry Coley, Conner Davis, Miles Gooch, Steven Lawe, Jake McGee, Kevin Parks, E.J. Scott, Khalek Shepherd, Zach Swanson and Cody Wallace.
Alvarez has been hurt for most of his career and guys like Lawe seldom or never play. Brathwaite did not meet UVa academic standards and has been out of school for a year but he should help next year’s offensive line.
Some of these guys may decide on their own – or be persuaded – not to return. But, players like Parks, McGee and Coley should provide a decent nucleus for the 2014 squad.