It might take both Santi and Jonathan Stupar to fill the big shoes left by tight end Heath Miller, who last season led the Cavaliers with 41 catches, 541 receiving yards and 5 touchdown receptions. More than anything, Miller was a safety valve when quarterback Marques Hagans was forced from the pocket or couldn't find a receiver open downfield. That is one of the reasons the all-American tight end earned the nickname "Big Money" -- he made big plays when his team needed them most.
Santi, 6 feet 5 and 225 pounds, was one of two Virginia freshmen to play on offense last season and was 10th among ACC rookies with 13 catches for 155 yards. The Nashville native has solid hands and good speed, but isn't yet the blocker Miller was when he left.
Stupar, a 250-pound sophomore, was plagued by a foot injury last season and missed the first five games. But he was a highly regarded recruit from State College, Pa., and caught 45 passes as a high school senior. He isn't quite as tall as Santi at 6-3, but he runs well and has dependable hands.