If Virginia hopes to break its four-game losing streak on Saturday against Maryland, it might have to do so without three starters.
Virginia announced Thursday afternoon that defensive end Bill Schautz will miss his third straight game with a lower leg injury. But in their weekly injury report, the Cavaliers also revealed their receiving corps could be more depleted than usual.
Both wide receivers Tim Smith (ankle) and Darius Jennings (trunk) were listed as questionable. Smith has been hampered by injury for the past month – although he did play against Louisiana Tech two weeks ago – but Jennings’s ailment is a new one.
“I think it’s hitting him pretty hard because he knows he’s our top receiver and we need him out there in these games, these crucial games that we need to win,” running back Perry Jones said of Smith earlier this week. “And him not being out there, I’m quite sure it’s eating him up. But he’s doing everything he can to get back and stay healthy, so we’re looking forward to having him back this week.”
In Smith’s absence, Jennings had emerged as Virginia’s leading receiver. He has 24 catches for 339 yards and one touchdown this year.
Quarterback Phillip Sims was also listed as probable for Saturday’s game for medical reasons.