True freshman Demetrious Nicholson to start at CB

Virginia Coach Mike London acknowledged Monday that true freshman Demetrious Nicholson has shown enough to lock down the other starting cornerback job opposite fifth-year senior Chase Minnifield.

Nicholson has taken reps with the first-team defense since the first day of training camp.

“I think (Nicholson) has done enough from a skill standpoint to say he’s the type of player that we need to play over there,” London said. “I’m quite sure that he’ll know very, very early on, everybody will know, that he’s a true freshman. They’ll circle his number. But at the same time, he’s welcoming the challenge, and he’s ready to go.”

Fifth-year senior Dom Joseph and sophomore Rijo Walker will be the primary reserves at cornerback, London said. …

London said Saturday’s scrimmage lasted roughly 120 plays, which was a little bit longer than the one held the previous week. London noted that the defense continues to improve and lauded the scrimmage performance of junior weak-side linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. …

Expect fifth-year seniors Matt Conrath and Nick Jenkins and junior Will Hill to be in a regular rotation at defensive tackle. London said Conrath also could be used at times as a pass rusher on the edge.

London said redshirt sophomore Justin Renfrow and junior Buddy Ruff are competing for the fourth spot in the defensive tackle rotation. …

Linebackers Coach Vincent Brown has added assistant special teams coordinator to his title, London said. Brown will help Safeties Coach Anthony Poindexter organize and run the special teams, a role London said Brown has been fulfilling unofficially “for a while.”


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