Duke at Virginia
Off and Running: Cavaliers tailback Wali Lundy, a senior from Willingboro, N.J., should be back after missing most of the Sept. 3 opener against Western Michigan and all of last week's 27-24 win at Syracuse because of a sprained left foot. Lundy, who carried three times for 29 yards in a 31-19 victory over the Broncos, is probably champing at the bit to get a chance against the Blue Devils. In last season's 37-16 win at Duke, Alvin Pearman ran 38 times for 223 yards, one yard shy of the Virginia record set by John Papit against Washington & Lee in 1948. The Blue Devils ranked last in the ACC and 113th in Division I-A last season in run defense, allowing 225.7 yards per game. They've done better this season, as they rank 46th in the country at 117.7 yards per game.
Still Waiting on Brooks: Junior linebacker Ahmad Brooks, an all-American and Butkus Award finalist last season, is expected to miss his third consecutive game. Brooks, a graduate of Hylton High, underwent surgery in March to regenerate bone growth in his right knee. Coach Al Groh refused to speculate about Brooks's availability this week, and Virginia officials haven't made Brooks available to the media.
Making Strides: Entering this season, junior Deyon Williams had caught more than three passes in a game only once -- he had five receptions in a 30-10 win over Clemson last season. But Williams caught five passes against Western Michigan in the opener and had a career-high seven catches for 61 yards at Syracuse. He is tied with North Carolina State's Tramain Hall for the ACC lead in receptions per game and ranks seventh in the league with 70 receiving yards per game. Groh credits the Suitland High graduate's increased production to his gains in the weight room. "He doesn't look that much different," Groh said. "He still looks pretty lean. But when he first got here, he was lean and not very strong."
-- Mark Schlabach