Virginia Football: Cavaliers' 2013 Season Report Card

Season Report Card: Virginia

1/23/14 in NCAAF   |   Nick_Kaminsky   |   23 respect

This was definitely another season to forget for coach Mike London and Virginia (2-10, 0-8 ACC). Not  Oct 26, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers head coach Mike London reacts on the sidelines. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defeated the Cavaliers 35-25 at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sportsonly was the team unable to improve on its 4-8 record from the previous season, but the Cavaliers failed to win one conference game in 2013. Other than a few exceptional individual performances, Virginia probably wishes this season could be taken off the record books permanently.

That said, here's Virginia's final report card: (this one probably won't be going up on the refrigerator)

Offense: F

On a more optimistic note, Virginia was able to run the ball somewhat effectively. While the Cavaliers were ranked either last or toward the bottom of most statistical categories in the ACC, Virginia finished ninth in the conference in rushing offense (156.6 yards per game). Junior running back Kevin Parks led the way, eclipsing 1,000 yards and with 12 touchdowns—nearly accounting for half of the team’s total offensive scores (27). This offense simply performed poorly all season, averaging only 19.8 points per game (ranked 111th in the FBS). When your leading receiver (tight end Jake McGee) has only 395 yards and two touchdowns, there may be a serious problem. Something has to change in 2014 if London wants to stay on the sidelines for the Cavaliers.

Defense: D-

You don’t lose 10 games without having a disappointing defense. The Cavaliers gave up 33.3 points per contest, which ranks dead last in the ACC (99th in the country). Simply put, it wasn’t necessarily tough to score on these guys. But like the offense, there was a silver lining for this unit. Junior strong safety Anthony Harris was sensational in the secondary, ranking No. 1 in the nation with eight interceptions—the most ever by a Virginia player since Ronde Barber in 1994. Harris did earn national recognition despite playing on a struggling team, being named to the SI.com All-America first team. But as good as Harris was in 2013, the Cavaliers will need him to be even better next year if Virginia is going to have a winning season.

Overall: F

With the team’s only “real” win coming against BYU (the other was against FCS VMI), Virginia will want to put this season behind it and never look back. Coach London will most likely be on the hot seat next year, since the Cavaliers have gone 6-18 since the team went 8-5 in 2011. There isn’t just one particular area that Virginia needs to focus on this off-season; it needs to improve in all phases of the game. But one that needs immediate attention is taking care of the ball. The Cavaliers were -5 in the turnover margin for 2013. If this team is going to start winning consistently, it’ll have to stop beating itself first.
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