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  • Originally posted by NDMIA View Post
    Not that ND had the room in the class, but they passed on Jowon Briggs and looks like he’s gonna be the day 1 starter at UVA at NT. That’s pretty wild. Turns out he’s 6’1” 295 which is pretty small for a NT in terms of height but apparently he’s balling out in camp and picking things up quickly. Hopefully he has a good long career at UVA. He’s a super bright and intelligent young man.
    Good idea. I was going to update a few of my personal faves when I have screen time this week.

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    • We will see how good of a freshman he is in 33 days.

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      • has put his name in the Transfer Portal

        https://247sports.com/college/virgin...ter-155016283/

        On Tuesday, Virginia Cavaliers sophomore defensive lineman Jowon Briggs entered the NCAA Transfer Portal after starting the first seven games of the season. On Wednesday, UVA defensive coordinator Nick Howell talked about the former 247Sports Composite four-star prospect’s decision and his reaction to the news.

        “Yeah, I was surprised and, you know, it took us off guard,” said Howell. “And then, you know, our reaction to it is, we just have to move on with the guys that are here and do our very best.

        “Just like any other situation, you know, you just go forward, move on, and continue to do the very best that you possibly can.”

        Briggs, the crown-jewel of UVA’s 2019 recruiting class, was second on the team in sacks (4) after starting all seven games this season. The loss of talent aside, Briggs’ exit from the program leaves UVA will have just four healthy defensive linemen that have taken snaps in the first seven games of the season.

        Asked if there will be any alterations to the scheme considering the lack of available depth that has taken snaps this season.

        “We run the defense that we run and those are the things that we've practiced. So, it's hard to change anything. So, within the schemes that we use, we'll try to put our best people out there to run our schemes. And so it’s just guys have got to step up and new players have got to be in there. And we’ve got to continue to improve at what we do.”

        Although not addressed by Howell, Wahoos247 has learned that Ben Smiley is close to returning and could be available this week when UVA faces the Abilene Christian Wildcats. Smiley originally opted out for the season, but changed course and arrived ahead of the season. Smiley played three snaps from scrimmage against Clemson in the second game of the season.

        Smiley, however, doesn’t address the nose tackle position, which Briggs has manned, along with defensive end. In the base defense, when Briggs slid out to end, true freshman Jahmeer Carter has filled in. Howell said that he and the UVA staff have a high level of confidence in Carter.

        “Jahmeer and yes, confident, very. Jahmeer is a really good football player and has come in and played a lot as a true freshman and played extremely well. He's physical. He moves lateral really well and uses his hands really well.”

        In addition to Carter, Howell said that senior defensive end Mandy Alonso, JMU graduate transfer Adeeb Atariwa, and Jordan Redmond could also fill the role.

        “So high confidence and Jahmeer. There's other guys that can play nose, you know, Mandy can get over there a little bit. Adeeb can get over there a little bit. [We can] use Jordan Redmond in there a little bit. So there's other guys that can play that position as well.”

        UVA kicks off against Abilene Christian at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be televised by Regional Sports Networks.
        What did Davonte do?

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        • Originally posted by dublinirish View Post
          has put his name in the Transfer Portal

          https://247sports.com/college/virgin...ter-155016283/
          He'll end up with Fickell
          Love You JB 64.....RIP.....AI720....4EVER

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          • Strange

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            • Hate to say it, but without transfer restrictions we can expect free agency like this. Rich get richer. High performers at middling programs, will flock to success programs chasing titles in their junior/senior years. Expect Bama, Ohio St, Clemson, LSU, Oregon, Texas, Oklahoma, and hopefully us to seldom have roster holes with a litany of options every off season.

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              • Originally posted by rtrn2glory View Post
                He'll end up with Fickell
                I was right.
                Love You JB 64.....RIP.....AI720....4EVER

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