Virginia tailback Wali Lundy, a senior from Willingboro, N.J., has struggled since returning from a sprained left foot that kept him out of most of the opener against Western Michigan and the second game at Syracuse. In three games, Lundy has run 18 times for 67 yards and hasn't scored a touchdown. He entered this season with more than 2,600 rushing yards and 44 rushing touchdowns, the most in modern Virginia history. But Cavaliers Coach Al Groh said Lundy made great strides in practice this week. "For the first time, we started seeing the player we saw in training camp," Groh said.
Most of a Ton
Boston College's offensive line is one of the largest and strongest in college football. The Eagles' five starters weigh a combined 1,586 pounds, an average of 317.2 pounds per player, and they have started a combined 87 games. Center Patrick Ross and left tackle Jeremy Trueblood are considered the best pro prospects among the group. With an offensive line that large and experienced, Groh said it isn't difficult to figure out what the Eagles will try to do. "The track record shows whether it's against the University of Virginia or the University of Argentina, it's a downhill running game," Groh said. "It's very unusual if the ball goes outside."
B.C. Quarterback Might Play
Eagles quarterback Quinton Porter, below, who missed the last two games because of a badly sprained ankle, practiced this week and said he's ready to play. Porter, a senior from Portland, Maine, threw for 589 yards and five touchdowns in the first three games. Backup Matt Ryan led the Eagles to a 16-13 overtime win at Clemson and a 38-0 blowout of Ball State the last two games in Porter's absence.
Ferguson Still Questionable
Virginia left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who might be the first offensive tackle selected in April's NFL draft, is questionable because of a sprained knee. Ferguson didn't play in last week's 45-33 loss at Maryland, which stopped his streak of 42 consecutive starts. If Ferguson does play, he will be matched up against Boston College defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, the preseason ACC player of the year. Kiwanuka is one of the better pass rushers in college football, with 311/2 career sacks.