Sophomore defensive end Vince Redd has become one of the Cavaliers' pass rushers on obvious passing plays, along with sophomore Chris Long, the eldest son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long. Redd, from Elizabethton, Tenn., played on Virginia's basketball team during the 2003-04 season and has a penchant for knocking down passes because of his long wingspan. Redd, 6 feet 6, had one tackle and two quarterback hurries in last week's 26-21 upset of then-No. 4 Florida State. "He's a lot longer than most of them, and, given his basketball background, he does have a good sense of the ball," Virginia Coach Al Groh said. "He causes our quarterbacks in practice a lot of difficulty, not just because of his wingspan, but because he does have an anticipation of the ball. Sometimes I'd like him to keep on rushing a little bit harder and not concern himself with knocking balls down."
Santi Gets Start
Sophomores Tom Santi and Jonathan Stupar, the Cavaliers' top two tight ends, played significant roles in the upset of Florida State, combining to catch eight passes for 102 yards and one touchdown. They were so productive that Groh and offensive coordinator Ron Prince have chosen to play both of them at the same time. According to the depth chart released this week, Stupar will start at tight end and Santi at fullback against the Tar Heels. Santi will be used more as an H-back and will still be a top passing option for quarterback Marques Hagans. "I wouldn't call him a fullback," Groh said.
Senior tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who returned to action against Florida State after missing two games because of a sprained knee, this week was named a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy, which is given to the top lineman in college football. Along with having Ferguson again, the Cavaliers also will get back starting right tackle Brad Butler, who was suspended from playing in the Florida State game because of his chop-block on Boston College's Mathias Kiwanuka during the previous game. Groh said Butler has been "very upbeat, very positive. He understands the circumstances; he has put it behind him and is trying to get everybody else to do that same thing."
Lundy Bouncing Back
Tailback Wali Lundy, who was slowed by a sprained foot during most of the season, had nine carries for 26 yards against Florida State. He also scored on an 11-yard pass from Hagans that put the Cavaliers ahead 23-10 with 19 seconds left in the first half. "Finally, my season has started," Lundy said. "I'm starting to feel like the old Wali, the old number 33."