Virginia Cavaliers Football

Virginia Cavaliers Football

2023-24 REGULAR SEASON
250.8 PYPG
117.9 RYPG
23.3 PPG
368.8 TotY/G

Team Information

Ground David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Sta
City Charlottesville, Virginia
Conference Atlantic Coast,
Nickname Cavaliers

2023 Regular Season Leaders

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Virginia Cavaliers Football Bio

The Virginia Cavaliers football team, representing the University of Virginia (UVA), competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) within the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The team was established in 1888. Since then, UVA's football program has left a lasting impact on the sport, influencing modern game ethics and safety regulations. Home games are played at Scott Stadium, located on the UVA campus in Charlottesville.


Name of TeamVirginia Cavaliers
First season1888
Athletic directorCarla Williams
Head coachTony Elliott
StadiumScott Stadium
LocationCharlottesville, Virginia
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionDivision I FBS
Field surfaceGrass
Conference titles5 (1908, 1914, 1915, 1989, 1995)
Division titles1 (2019)
Fight songNot available
MascotCavalier (CavMan)
RivalsVirginia Tech (rivalry), North Carolina (rivalry), Florida State (rivalry), Maryland (rivalry)
Consensus All-Americans11


Virginia Cavaliers Football Introduction

UVA football team was formed in 1886 when two graduate students, Charles Willcox and Richard Reid Rogers, introduced the sport to the University of Virginia (UVA). With a strong influence from Princeton and Yale, they established football in the South, where it was previously absent. UVA quickly emerged as a powerhouse, they had 28 consecutive winning seasons from its inception in 1888. Notable achievements include being the first Southern program to defeat Yale, which was a formidable opponent in 1915.


Throughout its history, UVA football has been affiliated with various conferences, including the Southern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), where it currently competes. The team has engaged in long-standing rivalries with North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Despite early disputes over conference championships, UVA's football legacy is marked by its role in shaping college football in the South.


Virginia Cavaliers Football History

The University of Virginia's football history traces back to 1886 when graduate students Charles Willcox and Richard Reid Rogers introduced the sport to the South. In the beginning, students engaged in informal games, but by 1887, they organized a football team. Their first official game was against Pantops Academy, which resulted in a historic win for the Virginia Cavaliers.


Virginia football saw notable moments during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including its first inter-college game against Johns Hopkins in 1888 and the establishment of the South's Oldest Rivalry with North Carolina in 1892. The program claimed several Southern championships during this period, highlighted by a 116–0 game against Princeton in 1890.


The early 1900s period saw changes in coaching and successes. Players like Bradley Walker and Eugene N. "Buck" Mayer contributed to winning seasons. The team's rivalry with VPI (now Virginia Tech) intensified, with memorable matchups in the early 1900s.


In 1912, Virginia joined the South Atlantic Intercollege Athletic Association (SAIAA) and saw the opening of Lambeth Stadium in 1913. The following years witnessed significant victories, including a landmark win against Yale in 1915.


The program faced challenges during World War I, leading to disruptions in play, but resumed activities in 1919 with notable games against Vanderbilt and North Carolina. Coaching changes and conference affiliations characterized the 1920s, with Virginia joining the Southern Conference in 1921.


Virginia Cavaliers Football Coach

The Virginia Cavaliers football team has had 41 coaches throughout its history. Head coach Antonio "Tony" Elliott currently guides the team. He took on the role as the 41st head coach on December 10, 2021, replacing Bronco Mendenhall.


Upon taking the position, Elliott made significant coaching staff changes, bringing in John Rudzinski from the United States Air Force Academy as the defensive coordinator and Desmond Kitchings from the Atlanta Falcons as the offensive coordinator. Rudzinski's previous defense ranks in the top 5 nationally for scoring defense in 2020 and total defense in 2021, while Kitchings brings experience as a co-offensive coordinator at NC State and Vanderbilt, as well as a running backs coach in the NFL.


Here is a full list of head coaches and the duration they served as head coach:


CoachTenure
Tony Elliott2022–present
Bronco Mendenhall2016–2021
Mike London2010–2015
Al Groh2001–2009
George Welsh1982–2000
Dick Bestwick1976–1981
Sonny Randle1974–1975
Don Lawrence1971–1973
George Blackburn1965–1970
Bill Elias1961–1964
Dick Voris1958–1960
Ben Martin1956–1957
Ned McDonald1953–1955
Art Guepe1946–1952
Frank Murray1937–1945
Gus Tebell1934–1936
Fred Dawson1931–1933
Earl Abell1929–1930
Greasy Neale1923–1928
Thomas J. Campbell1922
Harris Coleman1919
No Varsity Schedule1917–1918
Peyton Evans1916
Harry Varner1915
Joseph M. Wood1914
W. Rice Warren1913, 1920–1921
John S. Elliott1912
Kemper Yancey1911
Charles B. Crawford1910
John Neff1909
Merritt Cooke Jr.1908
Hammond Johnson1907
William C. "King" Cole1905–1906
George Sanford1904
Gresham Poe1903
John de Saulles1902
Westley Abbott1901
Archie Hoxton1899–1900
Joseph Massie1898
Martin V. Bergen1896–1897
Harry Arista Mackey1895
Johnny Poe1893–1894
William C. Spicer1892
Unknown1888–1891


Virginia Cavaliers Football Stadium: Scott Stadium

Scott Stadium, officially known as The Carl Smith Center, is the home of David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium. It is located in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the grounds of the University of Virginia. The Virginia Cavaliers football team plays at Scott Stadium, which was built in 1931 and is the oldest active FBS football stadium in Virginia.


Apart from football games, Scott Stadium also hosts various other events. Some notable concerts have taken place here. It was the venue of the Virginia High School League's Group AAA Division 5 and 6 football state championship games. The stadium has also hosted significant lacrosse events, including the Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in 1977 and 1982 and the ACC Women's Lacrosse Tournament in 2008. The stadium has a seating capacity of 61,500 and has a grass surface.


Virginia Cavaliers Football Rivals

Virginia Cavaliers' football program has many teams that compete with it. Some of the notable rivalries are:

Virginia Tech

The rivalry between Virginia and Virginia Tech dates back to 1895. They have been playing each other annually since 1970. The Commonwealth Cup has been given to the winner since 1996. Virginia won the Cup in 2019, breaking a 15-game losing streak. The win also secured their spot in the 2019 Orange Bowl, their first New Year's Six bowl. Virginia Tech leads the series with a 60–38–5 score.


North Carolina

The South's Oldest rivalry, dating back to 1895, is with North Carolina. They've played yearly since 1919, making it the longest series in the ACC. The rivalry's name comes from their dominance in the South between 1895 and 1910. According to Virginia records, North Carolina leads the series 63–59–4, but Virginia has had the upper hand since 1983, with a record of 24–14–1.


Virginia Cavaliers Football Record and stats

  • Virginia Cavaliers have won five conference titles and one division championship.

Conference championships

YearConferenceCoachOverall RecordConference Record
1914†SAIAAJoseph M. Wood8–13–0
1915†Harry Varner8–12–0
1989†Atlantic Coast ConferenceGeorge Welsh10–36–1
1995†9–47–1


Division championships

YearDivision ChampionshipCoachOpponentResult
2019ACC CoastalBronco MendenhallClemsonL 17–62


Virginia Cavaliers Football Roster

The Virginia Cavaliers football roster includes a variety of players from diverse backgrounds.


On the offensive side, the players include:


NOPLAYERPOS
19Grady BrosterhousQB
10Anthony ColandreaQB
11Tony MuskettQB
13Jared RaymanQB
22Devin SherwoodQB
0Cody BrownRB
20Xavier BrownRB
34Kevin Chadwick Jr.RB
9Amaad FostonRB
34Jack GrieseRB
25Donte HawthorneRB
7Mike HollinsRB
2Perris JonesRB
5Kobe PaceRB
28Noah VaughnRB
27KJ BrattonWR
80TyLyric ColemanWR
3Delaney CrawfordWR
26Ethan DaviesWR
8Malachi FieldsWR
18Jaden GibsonWR
1Suderian HarrisonWR
87Titus IvyWR
86Claiborne RichardsWR
21Landon SpellWR
84Dillon TennysonWR
83Dakota TwittyWR
4Malik WashingtonWR
17JR WilsonWR
82Eli WoodWR
93Henry DukeTE
88Karson GayTE
81TeKai KirbyTE
85Grant MischTE
89Joshua RawlingsTE
94Hayden RollisonTE
44Sackett Wood Jr.TE
53Dawson AltersC
51Ty FurnishC
55Brian StevensC
74Noah DeMerittG
58Noah HartsoeG
69Luke JohnsonG
78Jestus Johnson IIIG
77Noah JoseyG
63Joey KagelG
70Grant LanhamG
72Snoop Leota-AmaamaG
71Ugonna NnannaG
61Dane SteeleG
64Cole SurberG
79Jessie KnightOL
52McKale BoleyT
50Jimmy ChristT
75Houston CurryT
57Andy LutesT
60Charlie PattersonT
54Blake SteenT
68Jack WitmerT


On the defensive side, notable players include:


NOPLAYERPOS
1Paul AkereDE
15Chico Bennett Jr.DE
38Mekhi BuchananDE
82Kam ButlerDE
14Miles GreeneDE
54Joseph Holland IIIDE
93Jonathan HortonDE
99DJ JonesDE
52Nate MorrisDE
44Brayden ShefferDE
10Ben Smiley IIIDE
47Gabe SneedDE
56Caleb StoltzDE
88Lorenz TerryDE
19Olasunkonmi AgunloyeDT
95Nana AppouhDT
89Sam BondDT
55Anthony BrittonDT
96Bryce CarterDT
90Jahmeer CarterDT
18Michael DiattaDT
94Aaron FaumuiDT
91Jason HammondDT
59Jack HardyDT
25Terrell JonesDT
98Bryce PurnellDT
92Andrew WilliamsDT
33Josh AhernLB
2Stevie BraceyLB
28Sam BradyLB
42Kendall CrossLB
7James JacksonLB
40Rob KeysLB
43Logan KotterLB
3Langston LongLB
49Josh McCarronLB
16Trey McDonaldLB
5Kam RobinsonLB
53Justin StewartLB
27Trent Baker-BookerCB
31Micah GaffneyCB
22Elijah GainesCB
8Malcolm GreeneCB
4Dave HerardCB
23Tayvonn KyleCB
11William Simpkins IIICB
6Dre WalkerCB
13Sam WestfallCB
9Coen KingDB
30Addie BurrowS
46Devin ClarkS
0Antonio ClaryS
32Landon DanleyS
39Robbie EngelbergS
26Caleb HardyS
37John HurleyS
21Donovan Johnson Sr.S
29Davis Lane Jr.S
17Aidan RyanS
20Jonas SankerS
36Carlo ThompsonS


Virginia Cavaliers Football Schedule

The Virginian Cavaliers football 2024 regular season matchups are as follows:


DateOpponent
Sat, Aug 31Richmond
Sat, Sep 7Wake Forest
Sat, Sep 14Maryland
Sat, Sep 21Coastal Carolina
Sat, Oct 5Boston College
Sat, Oct 12Louisville
Sat, Oct 19Clemson
Sat, Oct 26North Carolina
Sat, Nov 9Pittsburgh
Sat, Nov 16Notre Dame
Sat, Nov 23SMU
Sat, Nov 30Virginia Tech


FAQ's On Virginia Cavaliers Football

A. The team was established in 1888.

A. The Virginia Cavaliers play their home games at Scott Stadium, located on the UVA campus in Charlottesville.

A. The team has won five conference titles, with the most recent ones in 1989 and 1995.

A. Tony Elliott is the current head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers football team.

A. The main rivals of the Virginia Cavaliers include Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State, and Maryland.

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