Virginia redshirt junior defensive end Bill Schautz will miss the remainder of the season after breaking two bones in his left leg during Saturday night’s 14-13 win at Florida State, Coach Mike London said Sunday.
Schautz, who had a significant impact against the Seminoles, went down with 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter on a third and one incompletion by Florida State at midfield. Schautz had been in coverage.
After receiving medical attention on the field for several minutes, Schautz was taken off in a cart. He returned to Charlottesville on the team’s overnight flight and, upon landing, went immediately to the university’s medical center for surgery. In a procedure done early Sunday morning, doctors inserted a rod into Schautz’s broken tibia, according to a team spokesman. Schautz also broke his fibula.
The team spokesman said Schautz is expected to be released from the hospital at some point Monday or Tuesday.
“Knowing Billy, he’ll probably want to be back by the bowl game or something like that,” London said. “But that’s not going to happen.”
Schautz was selected as one of the team’s defensive players of the game for his effort Saturday against Florida State. He forced a fumble while sacking Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel for a nine-yard loss to the Virginia 21-yard line. On the season, Schautz – who started one game this season – tallied 28 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks.
In other injury news, fifth-year senior cornerback Dom Joseph suffered a hamstring strain midway through the third quarter Saturday. London said he could provide no update on Joseph’s status other than to note that Joseph dressed out for the team’s walk-through practice Sunday. …
With its typically potent rushing attack sputtering most of the night Saturday, Virginia turned largely to true freshman tailback Clifton Richardson in the second half against Florida State. After carrying the ball once for 11 yards in the first half, Richardson rushed four times for 22 yards after the break.
London said Sunday that in addition to thinking Richardson’s size (6-foot-0, 215 pounds) would be more effective against Florida State’s big, physical linebackers, he also wanted to make a larger point to the first-year player.
“I wanted also to show Clifton that we didn’t put him on the shelf or anything like that because of the game before and the fumble issue,” London said. “He’s going to be a terrific back in the ACC, and when you look at him, he’s big and he can run and he can hit it downhill.”
After carrying the ball three times and fumbling once during Virginia’s 31-13 win Nov. 5 at Maryland, Richardson carried the ball a season-low two times during Virginia’s 31-21 win Nov. 12 over Duke.
On Saturday, Richardson rushed the ball five times and gained 33 yards, good for a 6.6 yards per carry average. In a game in which Virginia rushed for just 78 yards, Richardson’s performance stood out. …
So, as you may have heard, Virginia’s regular season finale against Virginia Tech on Saturday has turned out to be quite the affair. The winner secures a spot in the ACC championship game, as well as a measure of in-state clout for the next 12 months. Much will be discussed about this match-up in the coming days, but for now, here are some initial thoughts from London on the game’s meaning.
“This season has been fun because it’s been kind of a series of checking things off the box in terms of what hasn’t been accomplished here, and it’s been sort of a motivating factor for these guys,” London said. “So it’s not as much winning the game, but it’s as much playing well or doing things that we haven’t been able to do in the past.”
Virginia has lost 11 of its past 12 games against Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers last win over the Hokies came in 2003.