Chris Brathwaite ruled ineligble, no longer enrolled at U-Va.

January 16, 2013

Virginia defensive tackle Chris Brathwaite has been ruled ineligible and is no longer enrolled in school, Coach Mike London announced Wednesday.

The promising redshirt sophomore led the Cavaliers in tackles for loss and came on strong as the 2012 season progressed despite playing mostly in a reserve role. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native appeared in all 12 games and finished with 41 tackles, the most of any Virginia defensive lineman.

“I am disappointed that Chris did not make the commitment he needed to succeed off the football field,” London said in a statement. “If the time comes where he can return to UVa, and rejoin the team, he must do so with great enthusiasm for the things that we expect and require of our student-athletes.”

Brathwaite’s departure from the football team — at least temporarily — is a significant blow since he would have likely been a starter during the 2013 season with senior Will Hill graduated. His aggressive style also seemed to fit well with new defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta’s blitzing tendencies.

The Cavaliers still have juniors Brent Urban and Justin Renfrow, as well as redshirt freshman David Dean, returning at defensive tackle next year.

Mark Giannotto covers high school sports for The Washington Post.
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