Virginia on the rise; FSU may be slipping
Virginia is on the rise and Texas will be in the championship hunt, while Florida State's talent level is down and Notre Dame has a terrific duo on defense.
This year's sophomore class is one of the best in the nation, and Darryl Blackstock is the top sophomore linebacker in the country heading into the 2003 season. Kwakou Robinson is also in that group and has a chance to be a heck of a defensive lineman for the Cavaliers, while D'Brickashaw Furgeson at tackle and Heath Miller at tight end are among the nation's best second-year players on the offensive line, blocking for a great sophomore runner in Wali Lundy.
But the key player for UVA is senior quarterback Matt Schaub. He came on last year and was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, leading the conference in passing efficiency (147.46), touchdown passes (28) and completion percentage (68.9). And even without the graduated Billy McMullen, he still has quality targets in seniors Michael McGrew and Ryan Sawyer and junior Ottowa Anderson.
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