U-Va.'s Sewell Not Enrolled For the Spring
Sophomore quarterback Jameel Sewell is one of four Virginia football players not enrolled for the spring semester, the school announced last night in a statement. The release did not state whether Sewell or any of the others will play for the Cavaliers in the fall.
The news comes as a surprise, even to those close to Sewell.
"It's the first I've heard of it," said Patrick Kane, Sewell's high school coach at Hermitage High in Richmond. "I talked to him over Christmas break, and he seemed to be okay. It couldn't be more than a week ago I that talked to him, and there wasn't any issues then."
Junior cornerback Chris Cook, freshman wide receiver Chris Dalton and freshman linebacker Darnell Carter also are not enrolled at Virginia for the spring semester. Cook, who did not travel with the team to the Gator Bowl for violating team rules, is regarded as Virginia's best cornerback. Dalton and Carter played sparingly this season.
Sewell, Coach Al Groh and offensive coordinator Mike Groh did not return phone messages last night. The school's release stated, "Privacy laws prohibit any additional comment or release of information regarding this matter."
Sewell led Virginia to a 9-4 record and its first New Year's Day bowl game since 1994 this season. Sewell passed for 2,176 yards, completing 58.8 percent of his passes, and rushed for 279 yards. He entered the season as the clear-cut starter, only to struggle in Virginia's opening loss at Wyoming and share playing time with freshman Peter Lalich during the early schedule. Lalich and Sewell were expected to compete for the starting spot in spring practice.
-- Adam Kilgore